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Franck Amsallem

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

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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

Albums

Amsallem Sings
Amsallem Sings
FRAM
2015
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Amsallem Sings
Amsallem Sings
FRAM
2010
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Summer Times
Summer Times
FRAM/Sunnyside
2003
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[no cover]
Is That So?
Disques Dreyfus
1996
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