About

Martin Salemi – Pianist/Composer

Welcome to the website of belgian pianist and composer Martin Salemi. Here you can find tour dates, pictures, videos, full discography and music. Thank you for visiting !

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Martin Salemi was born in Brussels in 1988. His parents are both artists. His father, who plays the guitar, initiated him to music at a very early age. He started learning the piano aged six and, in 2013, completed his jazz piano master’s degree with distinction at the Koninklijk Conservatorium van Brussel.

Martin is interested in all types of music and in various piano styles and, in addition to jazz piano, he has had the opportunity to experience classical as well as salsa, funk, pop and rock music.
Very early on, in addition to his instrumental work, he developed an interest for composition. He started recording albums very young – first cassettes, then CDs – which he shared with family and friends.

Martin is currently involved in two personal projects. OPMOC, who have already recorded three albums and have toured internationally several times, and the Martin Salemi Trio, who released their first album in 2017 under the Igloo Records label.

In 2018, Martin won the B-Jazz International Award with the Martin Salemi Trio.


«  I really can’t praise this album highly enough. If the reader gets the feeling from the above review that I didn’t quite describe Salemi’s playing in enough detail, it is only because there is so much detail that it’s better to just listen and not analyze too much. Get it! »
(Lynn René Bayley, Artmusiclounge, about “Short Stories” IGLOO Records)

« Het spel van Salemi is echter van zulk hoog niveau, zowel emotievol als speltechnisch, en de samenwerking tussen hem en de ritmesectie zo fijn, dat dit trio net zo gemakkelijk tussen al die vernieuwende Belgische bands internationaal grote indruk kan maken. »
(Dick Hovenga – WrittenInMusic)

«  Ca fait du bien d’écouter un album de jazz contemporain qui ne cherche pas à tout prix des sonorités inouïes […] La musique est fraîche, joyeuse, dansante »
(Jean-Claude Vantroyen, Le Soir)

«  Van begin tot einde zuiver akoestisch zonder electronics en toch klopte het plaatje. Respect! »
(Georges Tonla Briquet, Jazz’ Halo)

« Les compositions du leader sont toutes délectables. Non seulement, elles ont du caractère mais, ni démonstratives ni appliquées, elles sont aussi mémorables par leur côté mélodieux »
(Pierre Dulieu, Dragonjazz)

«  Voici à coup sûr la belle surprise jazz de la rentrée […] Fragrances variées et complètement assumées […] qui révèle un doigté subtil et volubile à la fois »
(Jean-Pierre Goffin, Vers L’Avenir)

«  Martin Salemi est un bel exemple de ce que peut être le jazz aujourd’hui: une musique qui se nourrit de toutes les musiques, libérée de ses carcans d’autrefois. »
(Laurent Graulus, Musiq3)

«  Le jeu est soyeux et chaleureux. Entre la contrebasse qui bat le temps en s’offrant quelques libertés et la batterie qui susurre le tempo, la complicité est parfaite.
(Jacques Prouvost – Jazzques)

«  On est très loin d’un jazz cérébral et hermétique […] Ce sont des mélodies qui accrochent tout de suite, sans tomber non plus dans la facilité. C’est délicat, ça swingue, tout en finesse […] absolument remarquable. »
(Xavier Vanbuggenhout, RTBF La Première)

« … There’s nothing cryptic about his superb playing…»
(Jim Gilchrist, The Scotsman)

Next Concerts

Here you can find my upcoming tour dates. Hope to see you there!

More infos about timing, line-up and a list of past concerts on the concert page.

  • 24/09/2020 – Detours FestivalCentre Culturel Bruegel – Brussels, Belgium
  • 01/10/2020 – Stéphanie Bertrand/Martin Salemi DuoFlamingo – Brussels, Belgium
  • 02/11/2020 – Martin Salemi TrioJazz Tour Les Lundis d’Hortense – Riches Claires – Brussels, Belgium
  • 07/11/2020 – Martin Salemi TrioJazz Tour Les Lundis d’Hortense – Jünglingshaus – Eupen, Belgium
  • 08/11/2020 – Martin Salemi TrioJazz Tour Les Lundis d’Hortense – Relais Jazz – Tourinnes-la-Grosse, Belgium
  • 11/11/2020 – Martin Salemi TrioJazz Tour Les Lundis d’Hortense – Le Rideau Rouge – Lasne, Belgium
  • 13/11/2020 – Martin Salemi TrioJazz Tour Les Lundis d’Hortense – L’An Vert – Liège, Belgium
  • 19/11/2020 – Martin Salemi TrioSoirée Kilti – Brussels, Belgium
  • 21/11/2020 – Martin Salemi TrioJazz Tour Les Lundis d’Hortense – Zy’coop – Mazy, Belgium
  • 22/11/2020 – Martin Salemi TrioJazz Tour Les Lundis d’Hortense – Heptone – Ittre, Belgium
  • 11/12/2020 – Otto KintetCC Strombeek – Grimbergen, Belgium
  • 13/12/2020 – Théo Zipper Quartet – Pastorius/Hancock TributeThe Music Village – Brussels, Belgium
  • 09/02/2020 – Arnaud Guichard Trio + Jam Session The Music Village – Brussels, Belgium
  • 13/03/2021 – Martin Salemi TrioJazz Tour Les Lundis D’Hortense – Comines, Belgium

News

Le vingt-deux septembre 🎶
#georgesbrassens
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A new video with my trio is coming ! Filmed in @werkplaats_walter with Boris Schmidt on bass and Daniel Jonkers on drums 🥳 Can’t wait ! 😁 ...

Jazz in the park 🎶 ...

Very happy with the new videos we made with my trio ! 🤗 Soon available online, can’t wait to share them with you ! 😙
#martinsalemitrio
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We made some new videos with my trio at @werkplaats_walter ! Coming soon 😋 ...

In a sentimental moog
#lol
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Little excerpt from Valsinha (Chico Buarque) in the mountains ...

Music

Music

Short Stories” is my first record with my trio. It was released on Igloo Records on 06/10/2017 and features 7 original compositions and 2 covers. With Mike Delaere on doublebass, and Toine Cnockaert on drums.

OPMOC” is the third album of my band “OPMOC“. I wrote all compositions, arrangements and some of the lyrics. With Jacob Miller on bass and vocals, Maxime Van Eerdewegh on drums, Antoine Lafontaine on trumpet, Bruno Borsu on alto saxophone, Creo Cristoria and Jeroen Capens on tenor saxophone.

Home Session” is a little recording we made with Gaspard Sicx on drums and Manolo Cabras on doublebass. It features 6 covers of mostly jazz repertoire.

Videos

Videos

Here are all the videos made with my music.

Video editing is one of my hobbies and some of these music videos I have made myself. Hope you enjoy!

Doubt is a music I composed for a full-length documentary about Brussels.

Unsaid is a music video I made for my band OPMOC.
Music and words are also written by me.

It’s Been So Long is a music video I made with old footage I found on internet.
Music and words are also written by me.

Half The Man I Used To Be is a music video I made, with the help of Vincent Blairon.
Music and words are also written by me.

Disco Monkey is a music video I made with old footage I found on internet.
Music is written by Jacob Miller and me.

My Baby At Home is a music video I made for my band OPMOC.
Music and words are also written by me.

Lennie’s Pennies is a music video I made with an old movie I found on internet.

Regina is a music video made by Vincent Blairon and Augustin Polet from Les Frêres Jambons Production.

Everyday (I Wanna Make Love To You) is a music video made by Vincent Blairon.
Music is written by me, words are written by Jacob Miller and me.

Red Beans is a music video made by Vincent Blairon.
Music and words are written by me.

No Borders is a full concert with a lot of surprises, made by Vincent Blairon and Augustin Polet from Les Frêres Jambon Production.

Photos

Photos

Discography

Discography

As a leader :

OPMOC – (ep) (2010)

OPMOCJourneys (autoproduction – 2012)

Nous Etions Ailleurs(ep) (2014)

OPMOCNo Borders (autoproduction – 2015)

Martin Salemi TrioUnsaid (2015)

OPMOCOPMOC (autoproduction – 2017)

Martin Salemi TrioShort Stories (Igloo Records – 2017)

As a sideman/co-leader :

30 de FebreroSalsa Belga (2013)

Martin et Otto(ep) (2014)

Funkarium(ep) (2015)

SwingoboxLive à la Jazz Station (2015)

What Standards – (ep) (2016)

Quintessence Big Band – (ep) (2016)

Otto KintetOtto Kintet (2016)

Salemi/Cabras/Sicx – Home Session (2018)

Otto KintetGloed (2018)

In soundtrack music :

Boite B” – Babel – theater (2002)

Mosk” – Théâtre de l’étoile – theater (2006)

Ne Pas Toucher” – Vincent Blairon – short movie (2010)

Le Passeur” – Cie Domya, directed by Martin Goossens – theater (2014)

“100% Bruxelles” – Rimini Protokoll, produced by Kunstenfestivaldesarts – theater (2014)

D’un palace un taudis” – Vincent Blairon – short movie ( 2018)

2h14” – Cie La P’tite Canaille, directed by Manon Coppée – theater (2018)

Simon Pleure” – Sergio Guataquira Sarmiento – short movie (2018)

“Bruxelles-Brussel, Une Traversée Urbaine” – Luc Jabon – full length documentary (2019)

“Mon P’tit Coco” – Cie La Berlue/Cie l’Anneau, directed by Ariane Buhbinder – theater (2019)

Contact

Contact

Please, feel free to contact me.