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Romain Collin

Described by NPR host Jon Weber as “a visionary composer, an extraordinary jazz pianist and a very bright young rising star in the jazz world”, Romain Collin continues to develop his vision, combining the tradition of improvisation with sound designing and classical music. Now releasing his second record as a leader, Collin keeps making his mark on the New York scene, as well as internationally.

In 2007, Romain Collin graduated from the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz where he held a Full Scholarship as the pianist of an ensemble handpicked by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Terence Blanchard. During his time at the TMIJ, Romain studied with the likes of Larry Goldings, Russell Ferrante, Ron Carter, Charlie Haden, Mulgrew Miller and Wynton Marsalis, and had the opportunity to tour with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter in Vietnam and India. The TMI band also shared the stage with artists such as Marcus Miller, Jimmy Heath, and Terence Blanchard; and performed at a Kennedy Center concert hosted by Quincy Jones and featuring Stevie Wonder, Patti Austin, Joshua Redman and John Patitucci amongst numerous others.

Romain, who was originally born in France, came to the US to attend Berklee College of Music (class of 2004) on a scholarship, where he studied performance with the likes of Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano while majoring in Music Synthesis. During that time, he got the opportunity to perform with drummer Kenwood Dennard, keyboardist/composer George Duke, and also co-produced the critically acclaimed album Moving by prodigious bassist Tony Grey (John McLaughlin, Hiromi). One of the tracks, White Woods, appeared on a Tribute to Weather Report compilation album (ESC Records, 2005 - also featuring performances by the late Tony Williams, Christian McBride, Marcus Miller, Dennis Chambers and others). Romain’s performance on the piece was described by All About Jazz as “a transcendent electric keyboard spot... A five-and-a-half star moment”.

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”Romain Collin fuses traditional improvisational techniques found in Jazz with the Electronic sensibilities of his sonic youth to create a star power that promises to transform itself into a pulsating crescendo of light and sound with the sole purpose of catapulting Collin from his perch in New York City to the strata of those musical innovators he has had the great fortune to learn from and work with closely.” Karas Lamb, The Revivalist

“Collin is armed with a killer instinct for progressive, spatially friendly instrumentals that present themselves in the form of mini-soundtracks

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ACT Music
2015

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Slow Down (This Isn't the Mainland)

Slow Down (This Isn't...

Dowsett Records
2014

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The Calling

The Calling

Palmetto Records
2012

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The Rise and Fall of Pipokuhn

The Rise and Fall of...

Fresh Sound New Talent
2009

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Raw, Scorched and Untethered

Raw, Scorched and Untethered

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The Calling

The Calling

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The Calling

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