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About Michel El Malem

Born in Paris, Michel El Malem started playing the guitar at the age of 15  It was his primary instrument until the age of thirty. At that point, he began studies on saxophone and piano. He studied saxophone with Sylvain Beuf and Remi Biet. He also studied arranging and orchestration with Marc Bercovitz.

He writes compositions for his band, specific music for shows and arrangements of songs. In 2011, he was awarded the prize of the Académie du jazz (Prize for the best French record 2012), for his album “Reflets” with pianist Marc Copland

He has played with Herbie Hancock, Marc Copland, Terri Lyne Carrington, Michael Rodriguez, Ben Williams, NGuyen Le, Michael Felberbaum, Luc Isenmann, Marc Buronfosse, Bruno Angelini, Sylvain Beuf, Michel Perez, Diego Imbert, Baptiste Trotignon, and others

He has released 3 recordings under his name “First Step" (Fresh Sound New Talent ) "Reflets" (Arts & Spectacles ) “Dédications” (Inner Circle Music)

Discover Michel El Malem’s new album on the Inner Circle Music label. Listen to excerpts

"The compositions are great. You played some good solos and your saxophone tone on both tenor and soprano are superb." -Greg Osby

Dedication in the plural or even singular For a new life or friendship. A little word for her a little word for him Eternal feelings or beautiful desires. In the name of friendship dedicate again With the musicians whose talent honors me. Six pieces of a mirror that never breaks It is first of all to Love that I dedicate them. -Robert Basquin

"I enjoyed Michel’s recording, especially the compositions and arrangements. -Dave Liebman

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