Christophe Wallemme

Christophe Wallemme was born in 1964 to a Mauritius father and French mother. He spent 3 years in Lebanon, and 4 years in India. At the age of 15, he began playing guitar and switched to bass after hearing Scott LaFaro (Bill Evans’ bassist). He decided to dedicate his entire attention to music and stop studying in 1982. The conservatoire taught him how to play the classic bass. He also had private lessons with M. Kazoran and Cesaruis alvim, while taking master classes with Dave Liedman Richie Beirach Kenny Barron and Victor Lewis. He also plays in Parisian clubs such as le Caveau de la Huchette, le Meridien, la Villa, le Montana. He plays in the club where he meets Walter Davis junior, Ted Curson and Rene Urtreger. He won the La Defense solo musician award in 1988. He recorded his first albums that year with Ludovic De Pressac Bop For Sale, Daniel Beaussier Correspondences, and Sanscrit. He switched to a more modern, bop-jazz style in the 1990s from swing. He has played with many bands, including Sylvain Betf (Big Blue Records), Steve Pott (Sylvain), Elisabeth Caumont (Bleu Citron), Jean Loup Longnon (JMS), Manuel Rocheman trio and Simon Goubert Tropic City). He plays in many jazz clubs, including with Eric Barret and Christian Escoude, Alain Jean-Marie (JMS), Barry Altschul, Richard Galliano and Aldo Romano, Jacky Terresson, and Alain Jean-Marie. He began 1994 with Pierre de Bethmann, Benjamin Henocq and the trio Prysm. Their music is unique and built around an unusual rhythm. They were awarded the First Prize in La Defense’s national jazz contest. Blue Note discovers the trio and they record three albums: Second Rythme 1998, Time 1999 and On Tour 2001. The live recording of On Tour was made during their many tours. The Prysm trio toured extensively over the seven years and played more 300 concerts all around the globe. They did three tours in the USA and Canada, and also performed in Los Angeles, New-York and Aspen festivals. James Taylor invited the trio to play 12 dates in the USA after a concert they gave at Paris’ Theatre des Champs-Elysees with the French national orchestra led by Seiji Ozawa. They also toured Europe. They performed with many guests, including Philippe Catherine, Francois Jeanneau and Norma Winstone, as well as Phil Woods, Phil Woods, Branford Maralis, and Phil Woods. The tri Prysm took a break at the end of 2001. Parallel to Prysm Christophe Wallemme participated in several albums by various artists, such as Pierre Como Express Paris – Roma (BMG), in 1996, Louis Winsberg Le Danse du Vent [Siesta Records] in 1997, Jean Loup Longnon (Pygmalion] in 1998), David Patrois Attraper les Temps in 1999, Sylvain Beuf Soul Notes (RDC in 2001), Daniel Mille, David Linx/Diederick Wilssel Quartet This Time (Harmonia), Jean-Pierre Como (Naive), Olivier Louvel project, Louis Winsberg Trio Douce France, Louis Winsberg Trio Douce France, Louis Winsbergtrio Douce France), Jean-Pierre Como (Naive), Jean-Pierre Como) in 2004. Christophe Wallemme continued to improve and compose throughout all of these years. His 2004 album Time Zone was the result of composing personal compositions, drawing on his background and influences. His Indian heritage influenced his second album, Namasted, which was released in 2006 by Bee Jazz. In 2008, he also released Start So Many Ways, his third album together with Bee Jazz.

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