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Franck Amsallem

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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: October 25, 1961    

Franck Amsallem was born in 1961 in Oran (Algeria), and then grew up in Nice, France. His parents, having repatriated the family piano, started him on classical piano at seven, which he gave up a few years later. The large family, the cramped apartment weren’t at all propitious surroundings for the old teacher’s stale lessons. Still, however, the family owned a large collection of 45 RPM records where Ray Charles mixed with Glenn Miller and the Four Tops. In all logic then, he was seduced in adolescence, by the sound of the blues and swing and started taking music lessons at the Nice Conservatory where, considered too old for the piano (!), he signed up for classical saxophone and soon earned a first prize....
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First and foremost, a formidable pianist, and an equally formidable composer. (Martial Solal / France Musique)

Like Martial Solal, he has acquired an immense musical culture. Performing his own compositions, Amsallem convinced us that he is the most original pianist France has produced since Michel Petrucciani. (Jean-Marie Hacquier/ Jazz-Hot)

Amsallem's bold, brightly colored interpretations are unique. His perspective on Strayhorn is highly percussive, subtly dissonant and entirely unsentimental. What gives the album unity is the common denominator of Amsallem and his strong, forthright pianistic personality. (Thomas Conrad “Jazztimes”)

Amsallem is not as well known as these others, but he ought to be. The French pianist has recorded Summer Times as a way of proving himself on more accessible standards such as Gershwin's “I Got Rhythm” and Albert Hague's “Young and Foolish.” It would be a shame if more people didn't take advantage of the opportunity to hear him giving these familiar tunes such unique treatment (Eric J. Iannelli/All About Jazz).

Jazz via Tin Pan Alley.” That's a quote from his notes, which sound remarkably like his keyboard style: laid-back, yet brash; simple, yet complex; unassuming, yet confident; and above all, original. Amsallem is always thinking, but the emotional highlight comes on the introspective “Young and Foolish.” A ballad always separates the man from the boy, and the multilayered Summer Times is all human. (Thomas Conrad “JazzTimes”)

“Out A Day” is mesmerizing in its twists and turns. (Shaukat Husain / CodaMagazine)

  • Amsallem Sings

    FRAM
    2010
  • Summer Times

    FRAM/Sunnyside
    2003
  • Is That So?

    Disques Dreyfus
    1996

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Primary Instrument:
Piano

Location:
Paris

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background:
techer in demand at most advanced music schools in Paris: _The American School _The CRR 8e arrondissement _The CRR 9e arrondissement _The CNSM and many clinics while on tour

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Lectures on improvisation & composition, on composition as a tool for improvisation _Develloping your own voice. _Small & Large ensemble (big band) coaching. Piano masterclasses. Topics include: _Building, consolidating or refining a piano technique, comping, vocal accompanying, rhythm section

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