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Guy Salamon is an Amsterdam based, award winning drummer, composer, arranger, recording artist and band leader. Born in Jerusalem, Israel in 1989 and moved to Amsterdam in 2014, he is best known for his work with his own 8 piece jazz band, the 'Guy Salamon Group', as well as an established collaborator in the European jazz scene.
With the 'Guy Salamon Group', he won the 1st prize at the prestigious 'Keep an Eye The Records' competition in 2018. Additionally, the band has been invited to perform at many of the top European jazz events, including the North Sea Jazz Festival, JazzAhead! international showcase, 12 Points Festival, Karel van Eerd Music Awards, the Royal Concertgebouw, Südtirol Jazz Festival, InJazz, Fira B!, among others.
He released his debut album 'Unfollow The Leader' on December 7, 2019. 9 own compositions, performed live by the 'Guy Salamon Group', with guests Fuensanta Mendez, Sarah Zeleznik and Veronika Kumar on vocals.
His following record, a more conceptual storytelling album entitled 'Creatures! Creatures!' will be released on ZenneZ record on May 19th, 2022, featuring all new compositions and played live by the energetic 8 piece 'Guy Salamon Group'.
As a sideman, Guy Salamon has been performing with various artists such as Jesse van Ruller, Tineke Postma, Ben van Gelder, Reinier Baas, Jasper Blom, Jim van der Zee, Fuensanta Mendez, Aviv Noam and Sam Newbould.
Additional prizes won include: 2016 Prinses Christina Jazz Concours with the Fuensanta Mendez Quintet, 2019 Keep an Eye the Records with the Sam Newbould Quintet, and the 2021 Dutch Jazz Competition with the Aviv Noam Quartet.
Guy was born in Jerusalem in April 1989 to a family of musicians. His mother, originally from London, UK, is a classical conductor and opera singer, known for her work with the Jerusalem Madrigal Quartet and the Jerusalem A-Cappella singers. His father, originally from Peru, is a singer, composer, lyricist, known as the lead singer of the 90's Israeli Salsa Rock band, Atraf.
Guy started playing piano at an early age and transitioned to the drums when he began jazz studies at the Jerusalem High School for the Arts.
After graduating high school and volunteering for 3 years in informal education for underprivileged youth, Guy started academic jazz studies at the Tel Aviv Conservatory - New School NY combined program and graduated with a diploma in 2013. One year later he moved to the Netherlands and began his studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where he graduated in 2018.
Since his arrival to the Netherlands in 2014, Guy Salamon has established himself in both the local and international jazz scenes as drummer, composer, band leader and sideman.
PODCAST: SOUND OF THE MOMENT
Listen here to an intimate interview with Guy Salamon on Sound Of The Moment, hosted by Pat Cleaver.
Listen here to a 1 hour radio program on Concertzender - JazzNotJazz, hosted by Abhishek Mangla featuring the music from Guy Salamon's debut album 'Unfollow The Leader' and a short interview
INTERVIEW: BY DUTCH INJAZZ
Read here: In The Spotlights with Guy Salamon, an interview by Dutch inJazz on Jazzahead! showcase and the Guy Salamon Group
INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY - JAZZAHEAD!
Watch here a short presentation by Guy Salamon for International Jazz Day 2020 hosted by Jazzahead! and German Jazz Day.
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