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Feb 19 2016

Dear friends!

2016 has been so far a year of new beginnings and exciting prospects.

First of all, I moved from the apartment in which I spent my first 7 years in New York to a new place in Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn. That apartment was my very first landing spot in the City, thanks to my great friend and mentor, then only an acquaintance, Ohad Talmor.
I’m not going to attempt to sum up the amount of important life moments that happened in that place. That would, without a doubt, take up a few hundred pages! Thanks to Ohad, who established the building as a place where music and art rule, my apartment was a place that saw the birth of my projects (Sebastien Ammann Quartet, Color Wheel), enabled countless “sessions”  and rehearsals with friends and heros, heavy hangs that resulted in deep realizations and understandings that contributed to shape my concepts about music and life today, and also first meetings with people that over the years have become close friends. I could not have dreamed of a better place to land in New York City. That spot has been very important in my developement as an artist. Thank you Ohad!

I’m also lucky to have found a very nice new place which I feel will be home for a while.

2016 has already been a productive year so far:

Trumpeter Jake Henry and myself have started a new band with Chris van Voorst van Beest on bass and Max Goldman on drums. Our first show is scheduled on May 10th as part of James Carney’s Konceptions Music Series at Korzo (Park Slope).

Also coming up is Color Wheel‘s first shows of this year at IBeam (February 28th at 8pm) and the Firehouse Space (April 7th at 8pm). Our first record is due to come out this year, so keep your eyes and ears open!

I’m excited to also be a part of  an upcoming performance with a co-lead project with trombonist Samuel Blaser featuring some of my favorite musicians: Oscar Noriega (reeds), Michael Bates (bass), Devin Gray (drums). We’ll be at Ibeam on February 27th at 8:30pm.

On March 4th at IBeam, I will be sharing a double bill with trumpeter Jake Henry’s band Sweet Talk with a trio featuring drummer Dayeon Soek and bassist Lim Yang.

I can’t wait to make music with all these inspiring people and I hope to see you at these performances!

Sebastien Ammann

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Coming Up!

Dec 11 2015

After a very inspiring trip to Portugal to play with João Guimaraes, Marcos Cavaleiro and Diogo Dinis at the Porta Jazz Festival in Porto, here I am, back in Brooklyn, preparing the next show with Samuel Blaser / Sebastien Ammann.

Ou next concert will be on December 13th at 8:30pm at Cornelia Street Café and will feature some of my favorite musicians: Samuel Blaser is an incredibly talented trombonist who is also a master storyteller. He gives the simplest phrase so much meaning and deapth that you want to know what’s coming next! Michael Blake is so soulful! His sound is big and round and his musical ideas draw you in to his sonic world. Masa Kamaguchi is a magician who gives you the impression you’re seeing clearly through thick fog and makes anybody that plays with him sound incredible. Billy Mintz will blow you away, no doubt, by doing almost nothing. He’s got it all! His touch is extremely subtle and controled, and he can play so soft you can barely hear him, yet he makes the band swing like no one.

I’m very lucky to be working with these stellar artists!

I hope to see you there!

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Color Wheel is on the move!

May 01 2015

Dear Friends,

Thanks for checking in!

Color Wheel just recorded it’s first album and were excited to share our new music with you soon!
Thanks to all of you who made it out to our recent concert at SEEDS Brooklyn (my favorite venue to play in New York!)
It’s a great feeling to play with your own band and feel that you can let things go, that everybody in the band is comitted to the music. The music I sat down to write a few months ago has now begone a life of it’s own through the sensitivities and personalities of each band member. Thanks Michaël, Noah and Nathan for your incredible artistry!

Next on the concert calendar will be a improvised concert on May 31st as part of Adam Hopkins’ great series Out Of Your Head at Threes Brewing with Matt Holman (trumpet), Nico Soffiato (guitar) and Sam Ospovat (drums) and then a co-lead band with my friend Sammi Blower at Cornelia Street Café with Billy Minz (drums), Michaël Attias (alto sax), Sammi Blower (trombone) and John Hébert (bass). Can’t wait!

I hope to see you soon at one of these events!

 

‘Til next time!

 

Sebastien

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Happy New Year 2015!

Jan 01 2015

Dear friends,

I sincerely hope this New Year has started well for you!

I’m very excited to announce that Color Wheel (feat. Michaël Attias, Noah Garabedian and Nathan Ellmann-Bell) will be playing 3 nights in a row at Brooklyn’s IBeam from March 19th to 21st 2015. on March 20th, we have the distinct pleasure of welcoming Tony Malaby as a special guest.
On March 22nd, the band we’ll be heading into the studio to record our first album!

New Year resolution: (I’m planning on keeping this one!) I’ll be adding a new Transcriptions page which will include compositions and solos by artists I admire.

 

Stay tuned for more upcoming shows and recordings!

If you are a musician and you like to play with people, call me…

 

 

 

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Happy Holidays and 2015 news!

Nov 10 2014

Hello all!

Thanks for visiting my website!

You’ve come to the right place find news about upcoming performances and recordings and extracts of released records and live shows!

Here’re a couple events I’d like to point out:

 I’m looking forward to performing with Japanese singer Yuko Kimura and the one and only Cameron Brown on bass again at Something Jazz Club in late December!

The new collective band Latin For Robots featuring Igor Lumpert (sax) and Juan Pablo Carletti (drums) will be recording a first record early January. Stay tuned

I’m very excited to announce that Color Wheel (feat. Michaël Attias, Noah Garabedian and Nathan Ellmann-Bell) will be playing 3 nights in a row at Brooklyn’s IBeam from March 19th to 21st 2015. After which we’ll be heading into the studio to record our first album!

I’ll be adding a new Transcriptions page in the next months which will include compositions and solos by artists I admire.

 

Stay tuned!

 

 

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Back to work!

Sep 15 2014

Hi everyone!

Thanks for checking out my website!

What a beautiful New York summer we just had, right?!

After spending a week teaching and helping out at the Lyra Summer music Festival, co-directed by my fiancée (yes…) Mary Prescott and the wonderful Akiko Sasaki, I spent time composing and working on new music for my Quartet (a new record project is on the horizon…). I was also lucky to experience the Boston Symphony Orchestra directed by Charles Dutoit perform L.V. Beethoven’s 9th symphony at the Tanglewood Festival in Lenox, MA.

Now, after some great times with my family visiting from Switzerland, it’s back to New York! I am so glad and greatful to get back to practicing, writing music and playing with so many incredible musicians!

Now, after some great times with my family visiting from Switzerland, it’s back to New York! I am so glad and greatful to get back to practicing, writing music and playing with so many incredible musicians!

Here are a few notable events that I am thrilled to be a part of:

September 19th – 5pm

The Crooked Trio at Barbès
Oscar Noriega – drums
Sebastien Ammann – piano
TBA – bass

I’m happy to sit in with these great musicians and explore the world of standards from the Great American Songbook. Bring your intruments and sit in!

September 24th – 8pm

Polite Meters at Bar Chord
Nicolas Letman, bass
Sebastien Ammann, piano
Chris Carroll, drums

This band plays standards before opening up the band stand for a smokin’ jam session that could stretch into any shape or form depending on who’s there… Bring your axe!

September 29th – 8:30pm

Sebastien Ammann Quartet at Cornelia street Café
Ohad Talmor – tenor saxophone
Sebastien Ammann – piano
Dave Ambrosio – bass
Eric McPherson – drums

We are going to be playing some new original music!
The venue has a large selection of drinks and delicious food, I might add…

We look forward to seeing you at these concerts and playing music for you!

 

 

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May 28 2014

Dear Friends!

Thanks for visiting my website!

The Sebastien Ammann Quartet celebrated the release of the record “Samadhi” (Freshsound New Talent) by traveling to Europe last March and playing in Paris (Sunside), Lisbon (Hot Club), Porto (Porta Jazz), Lausanne (Blew Note), Geneva (AMR Jazz Festival) and Barcelona (Jamboree).

What a great experience for me to spend that time in the company of some of my favorite musicians and get to play music with them every night for a whole week: Ohad Talmor, Dave Ambrosio and Eric McPherson

The tour was very successful and on top of the enthusiastic response our music received from audiences around Europe, we were featured in a page-long article in the Tribune de Genève (Switzerland) (link to come soon…)

At this time, I am working on new compositions for the next album. Stay tuned!

 

Please check my calendar for upcoming performances and news!

 

 

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Spring news!

Apr 28 2014

Spring is back!

On the news front, the Sebastien Ammann Quartet feat. Ohad Talmor (saxophone), Sebastien Ammann (piano), Dave Ambrosio (bass) and Eric McPherson (drums) just finished a successful 7 day-7 concert European tour that took the group to Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and France!
Our concert at the AMR Jazz Festival on March 19th was broadcast live on the Swiss National Radio followed by a live interview. The Tribune de Genève published a one page article about the band and myself!

I’m excited to play with the Quartet at Shapeshifter Lab on May 19th at 8:15pm on a double bill shared with the great Gene Ess‘  group at 9:30pm.

I’ve recently been invited to be part of Philipp Gerschlauer‘s Microtonal Band. We are planning a recording in May as well as some live performances in New York City!

 

 

 

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Shows and European Tour

Feb 23 2014

Dear friends,

This year has been incredible so far, filled with new encounters and collaborations!

The Jacob Teichroew/Sebastien Ammann Quintet has added new music to the repertoire and is going to be presenting it as part of the Konception Series at Korzo on March 4th at 10:30pm!

I performed a set of music and poetry with James Hall (trombone) and Emily Ruth Hazel (poet) as part of the Black Artstory Month in Brooklyn.

And most importantly, to celebrate the release of “Samadhi” on Freshsound New Talent, the Sebastien Ammann Quartet is preparing for a week long-7 concert European tour starting March 18th!

The Band:
Ohad Talmor (saxophone)
Sebastien Ammann (piano)
Dave Ambrosio (bass)
Eric McPherson (drums)

The tour plan:
18 – Jamboree (Barcelona, Spain)
19 – AMR Jazz Festival (Geneva, Switzerland)
20/21- Hot Club (Lisbon, Portugal)
22 – Porta Jazz (Porto, Portugal)
23 – Blew Note (Lausanne, Switzerland)
24 – Sunset (Paris, France)
Pro Helvetia, Fondation suisse pour la culture
Fondation Suisa
Etat de Genève
Ville de Genève
SIS

 

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December News

Dec 04 2013

Welcome to my website!

Make yourself at home, take off your shoes, have a look around… Here, you’ll be able to listen to music, look at pictures from past shows, get information about upcoming shows and projects and purchase records.

I hope you enjoy the sounds!

Stay tuned for upcoming news about the Sebastien Ammann Quartet’s European tour in March 2014 and exciting news projects with Color Wheel!

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