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
Willing to teach
techer in demand at most advanced music schools in Paris:
_The American School
_The CRR 8e arrondissement
_The CRR 9e arrondissement
and many clinics while on tour
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