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New videos !

I am very happy to show you six new videos we made with my trio, with new compositions.

Recorded live at Werkplaats Walter by the very talented Vincent Blairon (video) and Vincent De Bast (sound), and featuring Boris Schmidt on doublebass and Daniel Jonkers on drums.

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.

  • 22/04/2021 – Martin Salemi Quartet – First Set – Livestream
  • 29/04/2021 – Martin Salemi Quartet – Second Set – Livestream

News

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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Free concert streaming on YouTube with my trio today at 20:00 CET ! With the band YJC5 as a first act, we will play afterwards 🙂 link will be in bio ! 
Picture by Patrick Clerens 
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#jazzinbelgium #leuvenjazz #bjazzinternationalcontest #martinsalemitrio @borisschmidtmusic #danieljonkers

Free concert streaming on YouTube with my trio today at 20:00 CET ! With the band YJC5 as a first act, we will play afterwards 🙂 link will be in bio !
Picture by Patrick Clerens
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#jazzinbelgium #leuvenjazz #bjazzinternationalcontest #martinsalemitrio @borisschmidtmusic #danieljonkers
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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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My friend Nico sent me this funky drumbeat a while ago and I made a little groove with my keyboards with it 🥁🎹 I kinda like the sound I made with the Moog on this one it sounds like a drunk pan flute or something don’t you think ? 🌭😂

My friend Nico sent me this funky drumbeat a while ago and I made a little groove with my keyboards with it 🥁🎹 I kinda like the sound I made with the Moog on this one it sounds like a drunk pan flute or something don’t you think ? 🌭😂 ...

It’s official ! We are recording a new album in two months with my trio 🥳 in the meantime you can watch our latest video on YouTube ▶️ 🎹 link in bio 🙏 Can’t wait ! 😍
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@igloorec @borisschmidtmusic @debastvincent #jazzinbelgium #igloorecords #martinsalemitrio #danieljonkers

It’s official ! We are recording a new album in two months with my trio 🥳 in the meantime you can watch our latest video on YouTube ▶️ 🎹 link in bio 🙏 Can’t wait ! 😍
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@igloorec @borisschmidtmusic @debastvincent #jazzinbelgium #igloorecords #martinsalemitrio #danieljonkers
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Check out the new release from Otto Kintet, “Pico” ! Very happy to be a part of this band. You can listen to it on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Tidal ... or buy the LP🙏😍
@otto_kintet #jazzinbelgium #zennezrecords #weekvandebelgischemuziek #ottokintet

Check out the new release from Otto Kintet, “Pico” ! Very happy to be a part of this band. You can listen to it on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Tidal ... or buy the LP🙏😍
@otto_kintet #jazzinbelgium #zennezrecords #weekvandebelgischemuziek #ottokintet
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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. Buy 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.

 

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 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 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.


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.

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 using “Agon” (Balanchine and Stravinsky).
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 (Zennez Records – 2018)

Otto Kintet Pico (Zennez Records – 2021)

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.