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)

«  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, La Première)

« 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 Mad)

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

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

« 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)

picture © Roger Vantilt

Concerts

Next Concerts

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

  • 20/04/19 – Felix Heymans TrioLa Laiterie Parc Josaphat – Brussels, Belgium
  • 26/04/19 – Otto KintetCC Strombeek – Grimbergen, Belgium
  • 02/05/19 – Premiere Screening “Bruxelles/Brussel – Une Traversée Urbaine” (original film music) – Bozar – Brussels, Belgium
  • 03/05/19 – The Spielbergs + Jam SessionMuntpunt – Brussels, Belgium
  • 10/05/19 – SwingoboxLa Guise – Brussels, Belgium
  • 15/05/19 – Gaspard Sicx invites Lancerotti & SalemiThe Sounds – Brussels, Belgium
  • 23/05/19 – Otto KintetMiles Jazzclub – Amersfoort, Netherlands
  • 24/05/19 – Salemi, Vanbuel & SicxLa Laiterie Parc Josaphat – Brussels, Belgium
  • 25/05/19 – Miller, Salemi & SicxChez Ta Mère – Brussels, Belgium
  • 26/05/19 – Otto KintetLe Coq – Brussels, Belgium
  • 29/05/19 – Selim Boudraa invites: Bob Marley TributeThe Music Village – Brussels, Belgium
  • 31/05/19 – Felix Heymans QuartetArt Base – Brussels, Belgium
  • 06/06/19 – Otto KintetRataplan – Anvers, Belgium
  • 09/06/19 – OPMOCParkparade – Doetinchem, Netherlands
  • 21/06/19 – Miller, Salemi & Sicx + Jam SessionMuntpunt – Brussels, Belgium
  • 22/06/19 – OPMOCFête de la Musique – Brussels, Belgium
  • 22/08/19 – Miller, Salemi & Sicx + Jam Session – Otto Tennis Club – Brussels, Belgium
  • 25/08/19 – Jonkers, Salemi & Stocchi + Jam Session – Otto Tennis Club – Brussels, Belgium

Past Concerts

  • … Since 2018
  • 17/04/19 – Moanin’ Birds – The Sounds – Brussels, Belgium
  • 22/03/2019 – Martin Salemi Trio – Studio des Carmes – Marche, Belgium
  • 15/03/2019 – Supafly 5tet + Jam Session – Muntpunt – Brussels, Belgium
  • 15/02/2019 – Miller/Sicx/Salemi + Jam Session – Muntpunt – Brussels, Belgium
  • 08/02/2019 – Martin Salemi Trio – The Jazz Bar – Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 06/02/2019 – Martin Salemi Trio – GC De Bosuil – Overijse, Belgium
  • 30/01/2019 – Otto Kintet – The Music Village – Brussels, Belgium
  • 27/01/2019 – OPMOC – Rise For Climate March, Place du Luxembourg – Brussels, Belgium
  • 23/01/2019 – Lancerotti/Sicx/Salemi – The Music Village – Brussels, Belgium
  • 20/01/2019 – Martin Salemi Trio – Heptone – Ittre, Belgium
  • 16/01/2019 – Miller/Caporali/Sicx/Salemi – The Music Village – Brussels, Belgium
  • 13/01/2019 – Flavio Spampinato Quartet – The Music Village – Brussels, Belgium
  • 12/01/2019 – Martin Salemi Trio – Flagey – Brussels, Belgium
  • 11/01/2019 – Pierre Antoine Quartet + Jam Session – Muntpunt – Brussels, Belgium
  • 09/01/2019 – Swingobox – The Music Village – Brussels, Belgium
  • 21/12/2018 – Supafly Quintet + Jam Session – Muntpunt – Brussels, Belgium
  • 20/12/2018 – Antoine Marcel Quartet – Café Béguin – Brussels, Belgium
  • 08/12/2018 – Otto Kintet – Boat Club – Grimbergen, Belgium
  • 06/12/2018 – Jazz Station Big Band – Jazz Station – Brussels, Belgium
  • 28/11/2018 – OPMOC – Marni – Brussels, Belgium
  • 25/11/2018 – Marylène Corro Trio – The Music Village – Brussels, Belgium
  • 04/11/2018 – Borremans/Salemi/Gilson/Beuvens – De Hopper – Anvers, Belgium
  • 28/10/2018 – Swingobox – Atelier Marcel Hastir – Brussels, Belgium
  • 25/10/2018 – Antoine Marcel Quartet + Jam Session – Café Beguin – Brussels, Belgium
  • 24/10/2018 – Martin Salemi Trio – Bakou Jazz Festival – Bakou, Azerbaidjan
  • 23/10/2018 – Martin Salemi Trio – Belgium Embassy – Bakou, Azerbaidjan
  • 19/10/2018 – SupaFly 5tet + Jam Session – Muntpunt – Brussels, Belgium
  • 14/10/2018 – Otto Kintet – Belgium
  • 11/10/2018 – Martin Salemi Trio – St Vith, Belgium
  • 06/10/2018 – Martin Salemi Trio – Mazy, Belgium
  • 05/10/2018 – Otto Kintet – Volta – Brussels, Belgium
  • 04/10/2018 – Gaëtan Casteels Trio + Jam Session  – Benelux  – Brussels, Belgium
  • 29/09/2018 – Swingobox – Bruxelles, Belgium
  • 28/09/2018 – Marylène Corro Trio – Jazz Abrussel – Brussels, Belgium
  • 25/09/2018 – Oscar Georges Trio – Slovakia
  • 22/09/2018 – Otto Kintet – Tennisclub, Belgium
  • 16/09/2018 – Martin Salemi Trio – Druivenfestival Hoeillart, Belgium
  • 14/09/2018 – Free Funk Boogie Backlash – La Maison Du Peuple – Brussels, Belgium
  • 12/09/2018 – Salemi/Koo/Foulon + Jam Session – La Laiterie – Brussels, Belgium
  • 11/09/2018 – Tupac Amaruolla Trio + Jam Session – The Music Village – Brussels, Belgium
  • 05/09/2018 – Martin Salemi Trio – Auditorium Parco della Musica – Rome, Italy
  • 02/09/2018 – Soili Bossa Trio – The Music Village – Brussels, Belgium
  • 25/08/2018 – Sunset Boulevard – Chateau de Karreveld – Brussels, Belgium
  • 24/08/2018 – Sunset Boulevard – Chateau de Karreveld – Brussels, Belgium
  • 23/08/2018 – Soili Bossa Trio – Belgium
  • 20/08/2018 – Piet Verbist Quartet – De Hopper – Anvers, Belgium
  • 19/08/2018 – Pepa Niebla Trio – The Music Village – Brussels, Belgium
  • 17/08/2018 – Martin Salemi Trio – Jazz au Broukay – Eben-Emael , Belgium
  • 11/08/2018 – Martin Salemi Trio – Gaume Jazz – Rossignol, Belgium
  • 05/08/2018 – OPMOC – LPS International Summer Fest – Madrid, Spain
  • 04/08/2018 – OPMOC – El Tiempo Del Byrhh – Madrid, Spain
  • 29/07/2018 – Piano Solo – Archiduc – Brussels, Belgium
  • 26/07/2018 – Jam – Café Béguin – Brussels, Belgium
  • 24/07/2018 – Marylène Corro Trio – Genval, Belgium
  • 23/07/2018 – Sunset Boulevard – Chateau de Karreveld – Brussels, Belgium
  • 22/07/2018 – Piano Solo – Archiduc – Brussels, Belgium
  • 21/07/2018 – Otto Quartet – Grimbergen, Belgium
  • 20/07/2018 – Sunset Boulevard – Chateau de Karreveld – Brussels, Belgium
  • 19/07/2018 – Sunset Boulevard – Chateau de Karreveld – Brussels, Belgium
  • 18/07/2018 – Jam – La Laiterie – Brussels, Belgium
  • 15/07/2018 – Martin Salemi Trio – Festival du Parc Royal – Brussels, Belgium
  • 15/07/2018 – Sunset Boulevard – Chateau de Karreveld – Brussels, Belgium
  • 13/07/2018 – Salemi, Vanbuel & Sicx – La Laiterie Parc Josaphat – Brussels, Belgium
  • 12/07/2018 – Sunset Boulevard – Chateau de Karreveld – Brussels, Belgium
  • 07/07/2018 – Martin Salemi Trio – Getxo Jazz Festival – Bilbao, Spain
  • 30/06/2018 – Soili Bossa Trio – La Laiterie Parc Josaphat – Brussels, Belgium
  • 24/06/2018 – OPMOC – La Machine – Brussels, Belgium
  • 23/06/2018 – Martin Salemi Trio – Théâtre 140 – Brussels, Belgium
  • 22/06/2018 – Piano Solo – Théâtre de Mons – Mons, Belgium
  • 22/06/2018 – Otto Kint & Martin Salemi – Zinnema – Brussels, Belgium
  • 21/06/2018 – Jam – Café Beguin – Brussels, Belgium
  • 07/06/2018 – Premiere « 2h14 », original theater music – Cocq’arts – Brussels, Belgium09/01/19 – Swingobox – The Music Village – Brussels, Belgium
  • 21/12/2018 – Supafly Quintet + Jam Session – Muntpunt – Brussels, Belgium
  • 20/12/2018 – Antoine Marcel Quartet – Café Béguin – Brussels, Belgium
  • 08/12/2018 – Otto Kintet – Boat Club – Grimbergen, Belgium
  • 06/12/2018 – Jazz Station Big Band – Jazz Station – Brussels, Belgium
  • 28/11/2018 – OPMOC – Marni – Brussels, Belgium
  • 25/11/2018 – Marylène Corro Trio – The Music Village – Brussels, Belgium
  • 04/11/2018 – Borremans/Salemi/Gilson/Beuvens – De Hopper – Anvers, Belgium
  • 28/10/2018 – Swingobox – Atelier Marcel Hastir – Brussels, Belgium
  • 25/10/2018 – Antoine Marcel Quartet + Jam Session – Café Beguin – Brussels, Belgium
  • 24/10/2018 – Martin Salemi Trio – Bakou Jazz Festival – Bakou, Azerbaidjan
  • 23/10/2018 – Martin Salemi Trio – Belgium Embassy – Bakou, Azerbaidjan
  • 19/10/2018 – SupaFly 5tet + Jam Session – Muntpunt – Brussels, Belgium
  • 14/10/2018 – Otto Kintet – Belgium
  • 11/10/2018 – Martin Salemi Trio – St Vith, Belgium
  • 06/10/2018 – Martin Salemi Trio – Mazy, Belgium
  • 05/10/2018 – Otto Kintet – Volta – Brussels, Belgium
  • 04/10/2018 – Gaëtan Casteels Trio + Jam Session  – Benelux  – Brussels, Belgium
  • 29/09/2018 – Swingobox – Bruxelles, Belgium
  • 28/09/2018 – Marylène Corro Trio – Jazz Abrussel – Brussels, Belgium
  • 25/09/2018 – Oscar Georges Trio – Slovakia
  • 22/09/2018 – Otto Kintet – Tennisclub, Belgium
  • 16/09/2018 – Martin Salemi Trio – Druivenfestival Hoeillart, Belgium
  • 14/09/2018 – Free Funk Boogie Backlash – La Maison Du Peuple – Brussels, Belgium
  • 12/09/2018 – Salemi/Koo/Foulon + Jam Session – La Laiterie – Brussels, Belgium
  • 11/09/2018 – Tupac Amaruolla Trio + Jam Session – The Music Village – Brussels, Belgium
  • 05/09/2018 – Martin Salemi Trio – Auditorium Parco della Musica – Rome, Italy
  • 02/09/2018 – Soili Bossa Trio – The Music Village – Brussels, Belgium
  • 25/08/2018 – Sunset Boulevard – Chateau de Karreveld – Brussels, Belgium
  • 24/08/2018 – Sunset Boulevard – Chateau de Karreveld – Brussels, Belgium
  • 23/08/2018 – Soili Bossa Trio – Belgium
  • 20/08/2018 – Piet Verbist Quartet – De Hopper – Anvers, Belgium
  • 19/08/2018 – Pepa Niebla Trio – The Music Village – Brussels, Belgium
  • 17/08/2018 – Martin Salemi Trio – Jazz au Broukay – Eben-Emael , Belgium
  • 11/08/2018 – Martin Salemi Trio – Gaume Jazz – Rossignol, Belgium
  • 05/08/2018 – OPMOC – LPS International Summer Fest – Madrid, Spain
  • 04/08/2018 – OPMOC – El Tiempo Del Byrhh – Madrid, Spain
  • 29/07/2018 – Piano Solo – Archiduc – Brussels, Belgium
  • 26/07/2018 – Jam – Café Béguin – Brussels, Belgium
  • 24/07/2018 – Marylène Corro Trio – Genval, Belgium
  • 23/07/2018 – Sunset Boulevard – Chateau de Karreveld – Brussels, Belgium
  • 22/07/2018 – Piano Solo – Archiduc – Brussels, Belgium
  • 21/07/2018 – Otto Quartet – Grimbergen, Belgium
  • 20/07/2018 – Sunset Boulevard – Chateau de Karreveld – Brussels, Belgium
  • 19/07/2018 – Sunset Boulevard – Chateau de Karreveld – Brussels, Belgium
  • 18/07/2018 – Jam – La Laiterie – Brussels, Belgium
  • 15/07/2018 – Martin Salemi Trio – Festival du Parc Royal – Brussels, Belgium
  • 15/07/2018 – Sunset Boulevard – Chateau de Karreveld – Brussels, Belgium
  • 13/07/2018 – Salemi, Vanbuel & Sicx – La Laiterie Parc Josaphat – Brussels, Belgium
  • 12/07/2018 – Sunset Boulevard – Chateau de Karreveld – Brussels, Belgium
  • 07/07/2018 – Martin Salemi Trio – Getxo Jazz Festival – Bilbao, Spain
  • 30/06/2018 – Soili Bossa Trio – La Laiterie Parc Josaphat – Brussels, Belgium
  • 24/06/2018 – OPMOC – La Machine – Brussels, Belgium
  • 23/06/2018 – Martin Salemi Trio – Théâtre 140 – Brussels, Belgium
  • 22/06/2018 – Piano Solo – Théâtre de Mons – Mons, Belgium
  • 22/06/2018 – Otto Kint & Martin Salemi – Zinnema – Brussels, Belgium
  • 21/06/2018 – Jam – Café Beguin – Brussels, Belgium
  • 07/06/2018 – Premiere « 2h14 », original theater music – Cocq’arts – Brussels, Belgium
  • 02/06/2018 – OPMOC – Yearot Menashe Festival – Meggido, Israel
  • 26/05/2018 – Funkarium – Barbeton – Brussels, Belgium
  • 25/05/2018 – Otto Kintet – Archipel, Brussels, Belgium
  • 18/05/2018 – Swingobox – Maison Des Arts Schaerbeek – Brussels, Belgium
  • 11/05/2018 – Guillaume Gillain Trio – l’Aube Sur l’Ay – Brussels, Belgium
  • 10/05/2018 – OPMOC – Bar Du Matin – Brussels, Belgium
  • 06/05/2018 – Pepa Niebla Quartet – Music Village, Brussels, Belgium
  • 05/05/2018 – Swingobox – Atelier Marcel Hastir – Brussels, Belgium
  • 26/04/2018 – OPMOC – Théâtre Marni – Brussels, Belgium
  • 25/04/2018 – Marylène Corro Trio – Mazy, Belgium
  • 23/04/2018 – Soili Bossa Trio – Jester – Brussels, Belgium
  • 22/04/2018 – Miller, Salemi & Sicx + Jam Session – Bonnefooi – Brussels, Belgium
  • 05/04/2018 – Jam Session – Café Béguin – Brussels, Belgium
  • 03/04/2018 – Salemi/Cabras/Sicx + Jam Session – Mard1030 – Brussels, Belgium
  • 29/03/2018 – Otto Kintet – Reetie, Belgium
  • 21/03/2018 – Jan Van Moer Quartet – Music Village – Brussels, Belgium
  • 17/03/2018 – Martin Salemi Trio – B-Jazz International Contest – Leuven, Belgium

picture © Roger Vantilt