Amaury Faye

Amaury Faye is regarded as one of the best pianists his generation. The many awards he received in 2016 (including First Prize at national competition Jazz A Vienne/Rezzo Focal, France; Best Soloist/Instrumentalist Award at international competition Tremplin Jazz d’Avignon and Public’s Choice Award at international competition International Biberacher Jazzpreis, Germany) confirm his undeniable talent as a composer and improviser. His best moments are when he leads his trio. He breathes new life into the format and its rich history. Clearway, their first album (PIAS/Jazz Village – 2017), was released in May 2017. It won the “Revelation!” award. The award was presented by Jazz Magazine/Jazzman in France in August 2017. Under the guidance of Giuseppe Millaci, Amaury has been a member of the Vogue Trio since 2016. The trio’s first album Songbook, Hypnote Records – 2017, was a success and they began to tour Europe and South America. The trio was awarded a Belgian grammy (Octave de la Musique point Culture 2018). Faye recently performed with Initiative H, a French group consisting of 12 musicians led by David Haudrechy (Archie Shepp and Rick Margitza). The band has two albums, Deus Ex Machina, Neuklang 2013, and Dark Wave, Neuklang 2015. It features some of Europe’s most respected jazz musicians (Emile Parisien (Mederic Collignon), Vincent Artaud). This is the result of an innovative, creative process and execution that is currently gaining a lot of attention in Europe. The group reached the finals at the 2013 Concours de Jazz de la Defence in Paris, which is one of Europe’s most prestigious jazz competitions. Amaury Faye, aged 20, released an album of originals and standards (Big Moe Trio Greenworks 2010), featuring Pierre Ardre (drums) and Louis Navarro (bass). The album was inspired by the musical universes Kenny Barron and Hank Jones. It was recorded live in traditional fashion over two days. It is available in Japan and Europe. The trio was a finalist at the Jazz en Baie 2013 French jazz competition three years later. Faye moved from France to Boston in 2014 to study at Berklee College. There, he was able to study with renowned musicians like Joanne Brackeen, NEA Jazzmaster, and Tia Fuller. Faye was able to take his musical endeavors to the next level thanks to this deeply inspiring experience. In March 2015, Faye won Berklee’s Jazz Performance Award. Amaury moved to Brussels in 2015, beginning a new chapter of his promising career. He also joined a new trio that includes french musicians Louis Navarro (bass), and Theo Lanau on drums. They quickly became a force to be reckoned with in the European jazz scene, winning five awards at national and international competitions in the next months. The trio has been touring in Europe and Canada since then and have won the “Revelation!” award. The award was presented by Jazz Magazine/Jazzman in august 2017 in recognition of Clearway’s first album (PIAS/Jazz Village 2017). Amaury Faye’s talents as an improviser, a brilliant melodist, and a captivating storyteller are all displayed through this project. Faye’s music falls under the mainstream jazz category. However, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly what he does because of the richness and variety of his influences. These include jazz, classical, rock, pop, and blues. His musical concept is based on the merging of idioms, ideas and compositions. His focus on the structure of each song and his ability to mix the written and improvised creates strong music that flows naturally. This is what Brad Mehldau, one of his spiritual mentors, does best. Faye is grateful for this legacy and the role it played in his life. He has taken the challenge of making this heritage his own. from

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