Jax Ravel

OneBeat 2019 Fellow

Composer, Multi-Instrumentalist

Antananarivo, Madagascar

Jax Ravel is a Malagasy multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and educator. He started his career playing with his father, who began teaching him the piano at age 4 and went on to master many instruments, including bass, drums, valiha, voice, upright bass, trumpet, percussions, guitar, melodica, kabôsy, ukuleles and more. In his early twenties, he was named the head of the Bass Department at the Centre Germano-Malagasy in Madagascar. One of the most renowned session players in Madagascar, Jax has toured extensively in Africa and Europe with several artists, including acclaimed French Saxophonist Didier Labbé. Having completed Jazz Performance and Jazz Arranging studies in the United States at McNally Smith College of Music in Saint Paul, Jax currently teaches, produces, and performs as a freelance musician.