Sophie and Jean-Michel Goury focus mainly on the realization and implementation of a solid catalogue of works, associating new and adapted repertoires based on the organically-inherent Gaubert-Boehm fingering system, presented in the form of workshops, lectures, master-classes and traditional or staged recitals. The duo has adopted works by Takemitsu, Morley, De Pablo, DeLanus, Scelsi, Rota, Rossé, Bartok, WF Bach, Kuen Boismortier, Gubler, Imaï, Telemann, d’Amato, Koechlin, Apherghis, and traditional folk songs. The Zephyr duo has been invited to perform and give lectures in Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico, Switzerland, Spain, Israel, Canada, and the USA. Their first CD was recorded in 2009 on the Erol Records label.
Jean-Michel Goury is one of the world’s foremost performers of contemporary music for saxophone. His performances and recordings have received high praise from critics worldwide. He was born in the southwest of France (between Bordeaux and Toulouse) and was nurtured by the wind music of his father’s band. He began studying piano and singing in church at a very young age. He then studied at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Bordeaux where he received a Gold Medal (awarded unamimously by the jury) in saxophone as a student of Jean-Marie Londeix. He also pursued distinguished studies in analysis with François Rossé, wind conducting with J. Pernoo, and chamber music with F. Valonne.
Goury was awarded first prize in a number of national music competitions, including Aix-les-Bains (1980) and Radio France (1982), where he received congratulatory remarks from the president of the jury, legendary saxophonist Marcel Mule. In Paris, he studied conducting with P. Cao and contemporary music with R. Piencikorosky (analysis) and Daniel Kientzy (saxophone). He also completed two years of studies at the IRCAM research institute, founded by Pierre Boulez.
Since receiving the Certificat d’Aptitude (France’s highest teaching certification), Goury has been a prominent teacher in the French conservatory system, first at the Departmental Conservatory of Cruse-et-Lands, and, since 1989, at one of France’s most prestigious music schools, the Pôle Supérieur de Paris-Boulogne-Billancourt) in Paris.
Goury has presented a number of pedagogical workshops, retreats, mini-courses, and masterclasses on contemporary music performance throughout Europe and North America. He has been invited to perform and give lectures at several prestigious festivals (Geneva, Odessa, Salzburg, Witten, Vandoeuvre, Lucerne, Koln Vilnius, Boston, Milan) and universities (Northwestern University, Eastman School of Music, University of Michigan, Bowling Green State University, Basel, Seville, Branlia, Darmstatd, Tel Aviv, Berlin).
Goury has appeared at guest soloist with the Orchestre Symphonique des Jeunesses Musicales de Bavière, the Ensemble Orchestral d’Italie, the Orchestre National de Chambre de Toulouse and d’Auvergne, the Radio France philharmonic orchestra, the Opéra de Paris, and with wind ensembles in Canada (Edmonton, Saskatoon, Montreal). Since 1979, as a recital and chamber musician, he has premiered, promoted, and recorded many new works by Apherghis, Berio, Boudreau, Lauba, Goto, Gabriele, Seffer, Bedrossian, Sauguet, Levaillant, Rossé, Rolin, Carlosema, Karlins, Gubler, Kuehn, Mintcheo, Pavlenko, Savouret, Schilling, Jakubroski, Giner, Lemay, Schrude, Isahmon, Buen, Knüssel, Zimmerlin, Wissberg, Sciarrino, Dulat, Fournier, and Muianihausa. He frequently performs these works on tour (principally in Germany, USA, Canada, Switzerland, and France) with the XASAX saxophone quartet, the Apollinaire Quartet (music and poetry), and the following contemporary music ensembles: the Goury-Josset Duo (saxophone and piano), Itineraire (Paris), Contre-Champ (Genève), Klangforum (Vienna), and XXI Century (Tel Aviv. He has recorded 36 Cds (Alba musica, MFA, Kayros, Erol records, Wergo, Hat hut) and obtained critical praise in 2004 (recording of works by Sciarinno) and the diapason d’or in 2008 (works by Apherghis) with the XASAX quartet.
Sophie Davard-Goury performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and freelance artist (poetry, scenography…). She is one of the most original performers of contemporary music for flute in France. She is the winner of many first prizes in flute and chamber music from the French conservatory system (CRR Rennes, Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris). She was a student of M. Larrieu, A Adorjan, C Nessi, C. Cantin, and received the Diplôme d’État teaching certificate from the French Ministry of Culture.
Davard-Goury has performed as a soloist with the Orchestre Inter-universitaire de Paris, the Brittany Archers (symphonic orchestra), as well as with the Musique en vie, Apollinaire Quartet, and Polifolia contemporary music ensembles. As a recital and chamber musician, she has premiered new works by Connesson, Petit, Florenz, Rossé, Rolin, Lauba, Gabriele, Goto, Dulat, Fournier, Gubler, Jakuboroski, and frequently promotes these works in tours throughout the world. She has also recorded seven Cds on the Alba Musica, Erolrecords, and MFA labels.