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 intensely all over Europe for the past ten years, and the Martin Salemi Trio, who released their first album in 2017 under the IGLOO Records label and played in festivals and stages from UK to Azerbaijan and Italy. As a sideman, he has played and recorded in different genres such as jazz, pop, funk, world music… Notably, he explores regularly the standard repertoire with doublebass phenomenon Manolo Cabras (IT) and young rising belgian star Gaspard Sicx in the trio Salemi/Cabras/Sicx, and play keyboards in the belgian band Otto Kintet, who have released three albums since 2016.

Prolific composer, he also writes music for theater and cinema. Among others, he worked with the likes of Rimini Protokoll (DE), the belgian film-maker Luc Jabon and the companies La Berlue and L’Anneau.

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

“About Time”, the second album with the Martin Salemi Trio was released on october 1st 2021 on IGLOO Records. Buy here or Stream here.


«  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 schedule, line-up and a list of past concerts on the concert page.

• 04/12/2021 – Toine Thys’ Josaphat Valley – Winok – Brussels, Belgium
• 11/12/2021 – Swingobox – Atelier Razkas – Brussels, Belgium
• 12/12/2021 – Boris Schmidt/Martin Salemi Duo – Atelier Razkas – Brussels, Belgium
• 19/12/2021 – Toine Thys’ Josaphat Valley – Roskam – Brussels, Belgium
• 31/12/2021 – Free Funk Boogie Backlash – Café Béguin – Brussels, Belgium
• 15/01/2022 – Nascente – tba Musica & Poetica – tba, Belgium
• 21/01/2022 – Boris Schmidt/Martin Salemi Duo – tba – Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium
• 10/04/2022 – Martin Salemi Quartet – Roskam – Brussels, Belgium
• 11/06/2022 – Sing Out Brussels! – CC Uccle – Brussels, Belgium
• 17/06/2022 – Martin Salemi Quartet – 27 Bflat – Bruges, Belgium

News

Toine Thys’ Josaphat Valley at @cafewinok with @toine.thys , @jasen_weaver and #marekpatrman 🎶🎹
#muzik1030bar #1030culture #1030cultuur #jazzinbelgium #jazzinbrussels

Toine Thys’ Josaphat Valley at @cafewinok with @toine.thys , @jasen_weaver and #marekpatrman 🎶🎹
#muzik1030bar #1030culture #1030cultuur #jazzinbelgium #jazzinbrussels
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104 countries 🤓 
91 left ! 🌍🌏🌎 😜

Thanks for listening !
#bandcamp

104 countries 🤓
91 left ! 🌍🌏🌎 😜

Thanks for listening !
#bandcamp
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Et voilà la tournée est terminée ! C’était super 🥲 un énorme merci aux Lundis D’Hortense pour toute l’organisation, à Igloo Records, et aussi à toutes les salles où on a été si bien accueillis ! Il ne vous reste plus qu’à écouter notre disque « About Time » sur internet ou même à l’acheter via mon site 😀 

@leslundisdhortense @igloorec @borisschmidtmusic #danieljonkers #martinsalemitrio @vert_lan @jazz9mazy @gaumejazz @richesclaires @relais.jazz @kultkom_eupen @openmusic_jazzclub @lerideaurouge.be

Et voilà la tournée est terminée ! C’était super 🥲 un énorme merci aux Lundis D’Hortense pour toute l’organisation, à Igloo Records, et aussi à toutes les salles où on a été si bien accueillis ! Il ne vous reste plus qu’à écouter notre disque « About Time » sur internet ou même à l’acheter via mon site 😀

@leslundisdhortense @igloorec @borisschmidtmusic #danieljonkers #martinsalemitrio @vert_lan @jazz9mazy @gaumejazz @richesclaires @relais.jazz @kultkom_eupen @openmusic_jazzclub @lerideaurouge.be
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“Doubt”, from my new album “About Time” (Igloo Records, 2021) 🎹

An animation with linocuts. By Jean-Claude Salemi and Judith Dessy from Pixileon Studio 🎬 

Available on all streaming platforms, link in bio ! 🎶
Hope you enjoy and feel free to share 😋 Thank you !

Piano, composition : @salemimartin 
Doublebass : @borisschmidtmusic 
Drums : Daniel Jonkers

Sound : @debastvincent 
Artwork : @jeanclaudesalemi 
Animation : @judith.dessy (@pixileon )

With the support from IGLOO Records and SABAM 

@igloorec @sabamofficial 
#jazzinbelgium #martinsalemitrio #linocut #animation #pianojazz #linocuts #igloorecords #jazzpiano #jazzpianotrio

“Doubt”, from my new album “About Time” (Igloo Records, 2021) 🎹

An animation with linocuts. By Jean-Claude Salemi and Judith Dessy from Pixileon Studio 🎬

Available on all streaming platforms, link in bio ! 🎶
Hope you enjoy and feel free to share 😋 Thank you !

Piano, composition : @salemimartin
Doublebass : @borisschmidtmusic
Drums : Daniel Jonkers

Sound : @debastvincent
Artwork : @jeanclaudesalemi
Animation : @judith.dessy (@pixileon )

With the support from IGLOO Records and SABAM

@igloorec @sabamofficial
#jazzinbelgium #martinsalemitrio #linocut #animation #pianojazz #linocuts #igloorecords #jazzpiano #jazzpianotrio
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Thank you all for coming yesterday in @richesclaires for the beginning of our tour ! Next gigs this Saturday in Eupen and Sunday in Tourinnes ! :))
@leslundisdhortense @igloorec @borisschmidtmusic #danieljonkers #martinsalemitrio #martinsalemi #jazzinbelgium

Thank you all for coming yesterday in @richesclaires for the beginning of our tour ! Next gigs this Saturday in Eupen and Sunday in Tourinnes ! :))
@leslundisdhortense @igloorec @borisschmidtmusic #danieljonkers #martinsalemitrio #martinsalemi #jazzinbelgium
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Recording with my dad on guitar ! 🎵🎶

Recording with my dad on guitar ! 🎵🎶 ...

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Today is release day ! My album is available on all streaming platforms and on @igloorec website via the link in bio ! :)) 🎹🎶👀🥳
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@sandra.corbisier @borisschmidtmusic #danieljonkers @debastvincent @leslundisdhortense #vincentblairon #jazzinbelgium #jazzinbrussels #martinsalemitrio #igloorecords

Today is release day ! My album is available on all streaming platforms and on @igloorec website via the link in bio ! :)) 🎹🎶👀🥳
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@sandra.corbisier @borisschmidtmusic #danieljonkers @debastvincent @leslundisdhortense #vincentblairon #jazzinbelgium #jazzinbrussels #martinsalemitrio #igloorecords
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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’s an animation video made by Pixileon Studios, with linocuts by Jean-Claude Salemi.


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

About Time” is my second album in trio, featuring Boris Schmidt on doublebass and Daniel Jonkers on drums. It was released on IGLOO Records on 01/10/2021 and features 7 original compositions. Buy on Bandcamp or Stream here.

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 on Bandcamp.

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 on Bandcamp 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 on Bandcamp.

Photos

Photos

Discography

Discography

As a leader :

Martin SalemiAbout Time (Igloo Records – 2021)

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 seven tunes are featured on my album “About Time” (IGLOO Records – 2021)

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.