About

Martin Salemi – Pianist/Composer

Welcome to the website of belgian pianist and composer Martin Salemi. Here you can find tour dates, pictures, videos, discography, press reviews, scores 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 currently involved in two personal projects. OPMOC, who have recorded three albums and have toured internationally, and the Martin Salemi Trio, who released their first album in 2017 under the Igloo Records label. As a sideman, he has played and recorded in different genres such as jazz, pop, funk, world music… Prolific composer, he also writes music for theater and cinema.

In 2018, Martin won the B-Jazz International Award with his trio.

A second album with the Martin Salemi Trio is coming out in fall 2021.


«  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 (US), 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 (UK)

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.

• 30/07/2021 – Martin Salemi Trio – Brasserie Sauvenière – Liège, Belgium
• 01/08/2021 – Super Ska – Esperanzah Festival – Floreffe, Belgium
• 05/08/2021 – Piano Solo – Centre Belge De La Bande Dessinée – Brussels, Belgium
• 20/08/2021 – Caporali/Salemi – La Guinguette Populeir – Brussels, Belgium
• 21/08/2021 – Otto Kintet – Wildernis – Strombeek, Belgium
• 04/09/2021 – Super Ska – Saint-Georges, Belgium
• 10/09/2021 – Cabras/Sicx/Salemi – Guinguette de Wolvendael – Brussels, Belgium
• 17/09/2021 – Cabras/Sicx/Salemi – La Laiterie – Brussels, Belgium
• 16/10/2021 – Martin Salemi Trio – Centre Culturel – Rossignol, Belgium
• 24/10/2021 – Théo Zipper Quartet – The Music Village – Brussels, Belgium
• 01/11/2021 – Martin Salemi Trio New Album Release – Riches-Claires – Brussels, Belgium
• 06/11/2021 – Martin Salemi Trio – Jünglingshaus – Eupen, Belgium
• 07/11/2021 – Martin Salemi Trio – Relais Jazz – Tourinnes-la-Grosse, Belgium
• 13/11/2021 – Martin Salemi Trio – Jazz9 – Mazy, Belgium
• 17/11/2021 – Martin Salemi Trio – Rideau Rouge – Lasne, Belgium
• 18/11/2021 – Martin Salemi Trio – Le Club – Comines, Belgium
• 19/11/2021 – Martin Salemi Trio – L’An Vert – Liège, Belgium

News

Excerpt from « Most Of The Time », a composition of mine , taken from the set « Mirrors » we played with my quartet, full video on YouTube link in bio !! :D

Excerpt from « Most Of The Time », a composition of mine , taken from the set « Mirrors » we played with my quartet, full video on YouTube link in bio !! 😀 ...

Here’s a few seconds from « Mirrors », a livestream in two sets with my quartet ! It was super fun to shoot, a full concert filmed in a single one-shot video, on a stage full of mirrors 😀 Watch it on YouTube at https://youtu.be/KNWrXHP6CH8 or click the link in bio 🙂 🙏
Filmed by #vincentblairon at @wildernisstrmbk, with @sylvaindebaisieux on 🎷, #danieljonkers on 🥁 and @borisschmidtmusic on doublebass, sound by @debastvincent 🥳

Here’s a few seconds from « Mirrors », a livestream in two sets with my quartet ! It was super fun to shoot, a full concert filmed in a single one-shot video, on a stage full of mirrors 😀 Watch it on YouTube at https://youtu.be/KNWrXHP6CH8 or click the link in bio 🙂 🙏
Filmed by #vincentblairon at @wildernisstrmbk, with @sylvaindebaisieux on 🎷, #danieljonkers on 🥁 and @borisschmidtmusic on doublebass, sound by @debastvincent 🥳
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Is it just me or this clavinet sounds drunk ? 🥴🥴😆
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#clavinet #clavinetd6 #groove #keyboards #gear #vintagevibe #vibanet #instamusicians #pickupgroove @pickup____  #musiciansofinstagram @pickupjazz #pickupgroove #talentedplayerz #keyboardplayer #instagroove #instapiano #whammy #mxrphase90

Is it just me or this clavinet sounds drunk ? 🥴🥴😆
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#clavinet #clavinetd6 #groove #keyboards #gear #vintagevibe #vibanet #instamusicians #pickupgroove @pickup____ #musiciansofinstagram @pickupjazz #pickupgroove #talentedplayerz #keyboardplayer #instagroove #instapiano #whammy #mxrphase90
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A little preview of my livestream, tomorrow 22/4 at 20h CET ! 🙂 Tune in on Facebook or on my website to watch a short concert with my quartet 🥳🙏 link in bio ! See you tomorrow ? 🥸 
www.martinsalemi.com 😋
picture by @dannyboddin 
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@borisschmidtmusic @sylvaindebaisieux #danieljonkers @debastvincent #jazzinbelgium @wildernisstrmbk #mirrormirror #piano #instapianist #pianist

A little preview of my livestream, tomorrow 22/4 at 20h CET ! 🙂 Tune in on Facebook or on my website to watch a short concert with my quartet 🥳🙏 link in bio ! See you tomorrow ? 🥸
www.martinsalemi.com 😋
picture by @dannyboddin
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@borisschmidtmusic @sylvaindebaisieux #danieljonkers @debastvincent #jazzinbelgium @wildernisstrmbk #mirrormirror #piano #instapianist #pianist
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A very nice 5* review about our last streaming concert in musiczine.net ! (In Dutch) 🙏 you can still watch the livestream on YouTube and Facebook, links in bio 🙂 

“Boris Schmidt (contrabas), Daniel Jonkers (drums) en Martin Salemi (piano) ofwel Martin Salemi Trio (*****) zijn de winnaars van B-Jazz International Contest 2018 . 

“Remembered” klinkt ingetogen door Martin op zijn piano; een eerste kippenvelmoment. De bedwelmende drums en contrabas van David Jonkers en Boris Schmidt sluiten er perfect op aan. “Doubt” klinkt groovier in het (jazz)genre; David geeft de toon aan op warme, doorleefde wijze, Martin voegt er een knap pianostaaltje aan toe en tot slot hebben we die even warme, aanstekelijk klinkende contrabas. 

De opbouw gebeurt laag per laag en een uiteenlopende improvisatie techniek manifesteert zich; de registers worden open getrokken in een gevarieerd kader. 

Kortom, Martin Salemi Trio heeft de unieke kunst in hun instrumentatie om grenzen te verleggen . Een oeverloze magie tussen improvisatietechniek en piano virtuositeit, in combinatie met de drums en contrabas, krijgen we een jazzy wervelwind 

Op het meesterlijke “Lamento”, dat begint met een ingetogen piano recital, wordt die intensiteit sterk in de verf gezet. Op “Stillwater” hoor je een beekje kabbelen op de achtergrond. “One Fine Day” heeft een verdovend kantje. 

De liefhebber wordt hier op z’n wenken bediend en geniet oorstrelend van deze (unieke)combinatie!”
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#martinsalemi #martinsalemitrio #igloorecords @igloorec @borisschmidtmusic #danieljonkersdrums #jazzinbelgium #leuvenjazz #bjazzinternationalcontest #musiczinenet

A very nice 5* review about our last streaming concert in musiczine.net ! (In Dutch) 🙏 you can still watch the livestream on YouTube and Facebook, links in bio 🙂

“Boris Schmidt (contrabas), Daniel Jonkers (drums) en Martin Salemi (piano) ofwel Martin Salemi Trio (*****) zijn de winnaars van B-Jazz International Contest 2018 .

“Remembered” klinkt ingetogen door Martin op zijn piano; een eerste kippenvelmoment. De bedwelmende drums en contrabas van David Jonkers en Boris Schmidt sluiten er perfect op aan. “Doubt” klinkt groovier in het (jazz)genre; David geeft de toon aan op warme, doorleefde wijze, Martin voegt er een knap pianostaaltje aan toe en tot slot hebben we die even warme, aanstekelijk klinkende contrabas.

De opbouw gebeurt laag per laag en een uiteenlopende improvisatie techniek manifesteert zich; de registers worden open getrokken in een gevarieerd kader.

Kortom, Martin Salemi Trio heeft de unieke kunst in hun instrumentatie om grenzen te verleggen . Een oeverloze magie tussen improvisatietechniek en piano virtuositeit, in combinatie met de drums en contrabas, krijgen we een jazzy wervelwind

Op het meesterlijke “Lamento”, dat begint met een ingetogen piano recital, wordt die intensiteit sterk in de verf gezet. Op “Stillwater” hoor je een beekje kabbelen op de achtergrond. “One Fine Day” heeft een verdovend kantje.

De liefhebber wordt hier op z’n wenken bediend en geniet oorstrelend van deze (unieke)combinatie!”
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#martinsalemi #martinsalemitrio #igloorecords @igloorec @borisschmidtmusic #danieljonkersdrums #jazzinbelgium #leuvenjazz #bjazzinternationalcontest #musiczinenet
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Streaming a concert with my trio this Saturday ! Happy to be playing with @borisschmidtmusic and #danieljonkersdrums in the beautiful @30ccleuven, and eager to record an album by the end of the month for @igloorec 🙏🎹 thanks !!
picture by @clerenspatrick 🙏

Streaming a concert with my trio this Saturday ! Happy to be playing with @borisschmidtmusic and #danieljonkersdrums in the beautiful @30ccleuven, and eager to record an album by the end of the month for @igloorec 🙏🎹 thanks !!
picture by @clerenspatrick 🙏
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F# major is a funky key don’t you think 🧐🤓?
My clavinet is freshhh with brand new strings from @vintagevibe 🎹🙏 #pimpmyride

F# major is a funky key don’t you think 🧐🤓?
My clavinet is freshhh with brand new strings from @vintagevibe 🎹🙏 #pimpmyride
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Videos

Videos

Here are some of 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!


Here are two livestreams we recorded in quartet in april 2021. Both are recorded in “one-shot” by Vincent Blairon, in a scenery using mirrors to have different shooting angles.


Here are six videos we filmed with my trio in september 2020. All recorded in “one-shot” by Vincent Blairon on camera and Vincent De Bast on sound.


A streaming concert made possible by B-Jazz during Leuven Jazz Festival in Belgium.

Still Water is a tune I wrote, here recorded in a one-shot music video for the band Otto Kintet. The tune is from the album “Pico”, out in 2021.

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

Here are five videos I have made myself for OPMOC, for which I also wrote the music and the lyrics.


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.

Here are three music videos made by Vincent Blairon for OPMOC

Music

Music

Pico” is the second album of the band Otto Kintet, led by Otto Kint on doublebass and featuring Jeroen Capens on saxophone, Lukas Somers on guitar, Daniel Jonkers on drums and me on keyboards. Three compositions of mine are featured on the album : Doubt, When Days Are Getting Longer, and Still Water. Buy here.

Short Stories” is my first record with my trio. It was released on Igloo Records on 06/10/2017 and features 6 original compositions and 2 covers. With Mike Delaere on doublebass, and Toine Cnockaert on drums. Buy here or Stream here.

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. Buy here.

Photos

Photos

Discography

Discography

As a leader :

Martin Salemi TrioShort Stories (Igloo Records – 2017)

OPMOCOPMOC (autoproduction – 2017)

Martin Salemi TrioUnsaid (2015)

OPMOCNo Borders (autoproduction – 2015)

Nous Etions Ailleurs(ep) (2014)

OPMOCJourneys (autoproduction – 2012)

OPMOC – (ep) (2010)

As a sideman/co-leader :

Otto Kintet Pico (Zennez Records – 2021)

Salemi/Cabras/Sicx – Home Session (2018)

Otto KintetGloed (Zennez Records – 2018)

What Standards – (ep) (2016)

Quintessence Big Band – (ep) (2016)

Otto KintetOtto Kintet (2016)

SwingoboxLive à la Jazz Station (2015)

Funkarium(ep) (2015)

Martin et Otto(ep) (2014)

30 de FebreroSalsa Belga (2013)

In soundtrack music :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boite B” – Babel – theater (2002)

Press

Press reviews

Here’s a selection of newspaper articles and reviews.

Scores

Scores

Here you can download leadsheets of some of my compositions, hope you will enjoy them !
Don’t hesitate to contact me for any inquiries.

Those six tunes are featured on my album “Short Stories” (IGLOO Records – 2017)

Here are a few tunes you can hear on my YouTube channel, or in various places

Contact

Contact

Please, feel free to contact me.