Various lectures on improvisation, and on
composition as a tool to devellop your improvisation.
Developing your own voice. What to work on and how to work on
Piano masterclasses. Topics include:
. Building, consolidating or refining a piano technique. How to
really practice and improve your scales and arpeggios. Special emphasis on tone production.
. Comping, harmony and rhythm. The piano in the rhythm section.
. A specific chapter on vocal accompanying. How to play for
singers and their repertoire.
. Jazz arranging and composition, a special workshop on modern big band writing
. Small ensemble trio to quintet with original material, jazz
standards, and oral teaching and dictation.
. Large ensemble (big band) coaching. Original music in the Thad
Jones-Bob Brookmeyer vein.
This music and other arrangements have been recorded by the WDR
NB: I also teach thru skype.
Solo piano (various programs, Monk, Gershwin, Strayhorn) Solo
piano + vocals.
CD "Amsallem Sings" (2009)
Trio w/Sylvain Romano and Karl Jannuska
Plays Billy Strayhorn
Plays Thelonious Monk
Duo with vocalists Sara Lazarus, Melanie Dahan, Judy Niemack,
trio piano + vocals. New CD "Franck Amsallem Sings Vol. II"
Trio and guests: Rick Margitza, Stephane Belmondo, Philip
Jerry Bergonzi, Tim Ries (from the Rolling Stones band),
Olivier Ker Ourio, and vocalists Sara Lazarus, Judy Niemack,
Also on special request: Joe Magnarelli, Andy Middleton, Walt
Scott Wendholt, Dan Block, Frank Griffith.
"Le Flirt de Satie" with the great Dutch band of Gerard Kleijn
(tp), Paul Berner (bass) and Joost Kesselaar (drums) performing
wicked arrangements of Erik Satie's music.
Nonet "A Cool Birth". Birth of the cool and originals.
Big band music-all original material- in the Thad
Jones/Brookmeyer/Bill Holman/Johnny Mandel vein
"Nuits", music for string orchestra and jazz quartet
-5 part suite- a demanding endeavor for ambitious conductor or
"Bud will be back shortly", for string orchestra and jazz
"Place du Temps", chamber music w/a jazz tinge
(instrumentation: piano, percussion, trumpet, clarinet, bassoon,
"Sax Summit", Irving Acao, Sylvain Beuf & Pierrick Pedron
w/the Franck Amsallem Trio