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 Mad)

«  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, 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!

  • 07/03/2020 – Boris Schmidt Quartet + GuestsJazz Station – Brussels, Belgium
  • 21/03/2020 – Musique FlexibleL’Allumette – Brussels, Belgium
  • 25/03/2020 – Arnaud Guichard QuintetSounds – Brussels, Belgium
  • 31/03/2020 – Alexandre Hessabi Quartet + Jam SessionThe Music Village – Brussels, Belgium
  • 04/04/2020 – Otto Kintet VK – Brussels, Belgium
  • 08/04/2020 – Arnaud Guichard QuartetSounds – Brussels, Belgium
  • 12/04/2020 – Théo Zipper Quartet – Pastorius/Hancock TributeThe Music Village – Brussels, Belgium
  • 16/06/2020 – Martin Salemi Quartet + Jam SessionThe Music Village – Brussels, Belgium

Contact

Going deep in the ocean 🌊 . . . . #howdeepisthe Going deep in the ocean 🌊
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#howdeepistheocean #pianist #jazzpiano #pianosolo #instamusician #instapianist #practicepracticepractice #jazzpractice #jazzstandard #jazzchords

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A little space funk version of the Bill Withers’ A little space funk version of the Bill Withers’ classic 💫
Sorry Bill for this 🙈😂
Very proud of this neat page transition at the end 📖 lol .
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#billwithers #useme #instafunk #clavinet #moog #littlephatty #moogbass #linndrum #beats #beatmaker @pickupbeats #pickupgroove #homemade #clavinetd6 #cover #pianocover #groove #keyboards #gear #vintagevibe #vibanet #wah #crybaby #keyboardplayer #beat #pickupbeats #producer #makingbeats @pickupjazz @pickup____ @vintagevibe @vulfpeck

A little space funk version of the Bill Withers’ classic 💫
Sorry Bill for this 🙈😂
Very proud of this neat page transition at the end 📖 lol .
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#billwithers #useme #instafunk #clavinet #moog #littlephatty #moogbass #linndrum #beats #beatmaker @pickupbeats #pickupgroove #homemade #clavinetd6 #cover #pianocover #groove #keyboards #gear #vintagevibe #vibanet #wah #crybaby #keyboardplayer #beat #pickupbeats #producer #makingbeats @pickupjazz @pickup____ @vintagevibe @vulfpeck
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Last time I transcribed something from Chick Corea Last time I transcribed something from Chick Corea was in 2011 I think, while I was still in the Koninklijk Conservatorium from Brussels 🤓 Anyway I thought I’d transcribe this short (1min!) and tight solo from Chick on the album « Beyond Words » from Bobby McFerrin. 🎹
How can he manage to be so tight 🤭 I have to work on it 🙈 #practice 
Beware for the crazy montunos he throws near the end of his solo🔥🔥🔥#fireinthehole 
Also Richard Bona is grooving so hard on the bass it hurts 💫 damnnn .
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Last time I transcribed something from Chick Corea was in 2011 I think, while I was still in the Koninklijk Conservatorium from Brussels 🤓 Anyway I thought I’d transcribe this short (1min!) and tight solo from Chick on the album « Beyond Words » from Bobby McFerrin. 🎹
How can he manage to be so tight 🤭 I have to work on it 🙈 #practice
Beware for the crazy montunos he throws near the end of his solo🔥🔥🔥#fireinthehole
Also Richard Bona is grooving so hard on the bass it hurts 💫 damnnn .
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#chickcorea @chickcorea #jazzsolo #transcription #jazzpiano #bobbymcferrin #richardbona @richardbonaofficial #jazzmusician #latinpiano #montuno #montunos #pianosolo #instajazz #instamusician #practiceeveryday #fun #jazzvideo @pickupjazz #salsapiano #transcribe #jazztranscription #musiciansofinstagram #piano #pianist #pianopractice #pianoimprovisation
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Wanted to transcribe this crazy tune from @geraldc Wanted to transcribe this crazy tune from @geraldclayton since long time ago 🤓! I finally had some time to do it 🥳 Amazing tune 😍 If you find any mistakes let me know ? There's probably lots of them 💩 I'm not even sure it's in 4/4 but hey it seems to fit ?so enjoy the ride 🎢 🚀 and merry Christmas 🎅🏻 #geraldclayton #alight #benwendel @benwendel #loganrichardson #joesanders #justinbrown #jazztranscription #transcription #fun #whatever

Wanted to transcribe this crazy tune from @geraldclayton since long time ago 🤓! I finally had some time to do it 🥳 Amazing tune 😍 If you find any mistakes let me know ? There's probably lots of them 💩 I'm not even sure it's in 4/4 but hey it seems to fit ?so enjoy the ride 🎢 🚀 and merry Christmas 🎅🏻 #geraldclayton #alight #benwendel @benwendel #loganrichardson #joesanders #justinbrown #jazztranscription #transcription #fun #whatever ...

Improvising on a new composition of mine 🎹 it's Improvising on a new composition of mine 🎹 it's called "Lamento" 🙊
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Improvising on a new composition of mine 🎹 it's called "Lamento" 🙊
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Thanks for listening ! 😍😱 🤟 #jazzinbelgi Thanks for listening ! 😍😱 🤟 
#jazzinbelgium #igloorecords #martinsalemitrio

Thanks for listening ! 😍😱 🤟
#jazzinbelgium #igloorecords #martinsalemitrio
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#musicaetpoetica jazz tour done ! 8 concerts in 8 #musicaetpoetica jazz tour done !
8 concerts in 8 amazing places with my trio, we had a really great time ! 🥰 Thank to everyone who came to see us, we feel so lucky 🕺🏻 Now time to take some rest 🥳😇
@filcaporali @toinecnockaert 
#martinsalemitrio #igloorecords #jazzinbelgium #jazztour

#musicaetpoetica jazz tour done !
8 concerts in 8 amazing places with my trio, we had a really great time ! 🥰 Thank to everyone who came to see us, we feel so lucky 🕺🏻 Now time to take some rest 🥳😇
@filcaporali @toinecnockaert
#martinsalemitrio #igloorecords #jazzinbelgium #jazztour
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With my trio at the Jazz Station wednesday ! We ha With my trio at the Jazz Station wednesday ! We had a great time thanks everyone for coming ! #soldout #packedvenue #full 🥰🤟
@leslundisdhortense 
@jazzstationbruxelles 📷pic by Anne Bourgeois

With my trio at the Jazz Station wednesday ! We had a great time thanks everyone for coming ! #soldout #packedvenue #full 🥰🤟
@leslundisdhortense
@jazzstationbruxelles 📷pic by Anne Bourgeois
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Playing with my favorite toys 🥳 🎹 Clavinet + Playing with my favorite toys 🥳 🎹
Clavinet + Moog + Rhodes 😇and the Linndrum 😱 and some editing with Adobe Premiere that's fun too 😍🎥
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Playing with my favorite toys 🥳 🎹
Clavinet + Moog + Rhodes 😇and the Linndrum 😱 and some editing with Adobe Premiere that's fun too 😍🎥
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#beats #groove #clavinet #clavinetd6 #moog #littlephatty #rhodes #rhodesmark2 #fenderrhodes #keyboards #funkypiano #funk #montagevideo #linndrum #instamusicians #pickupgroove @pickup____ #musiciansofinstagram @pickupjazz #talentedplayerz #keyboardplayer #instagroove_ @vintagevibe #beatmaker #producer #beatmaking #beats🎹 #groovemusic #pickupfunk #instafunk #pickupbeats
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It's raining 🥳 It's raining 🥳

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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

Here are all the videos made with my music.

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

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.

Music is written by me.

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

Discography

As a leader :

OPMOC – (ep) (2010)

OPMOCJourneys (autoproduction – 2012)

Nous Etions Ailleurs(ep) (2014)

Martin et Otto(ep) (2014)

OPMOCNo Borders (autoproduction – 2015)

Funkarium(ep) (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)

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 – documentary (2019)

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