Bruno Angelini was born in Marseille in 1965.
Between the ages of six and fourteen he studied classical piano at the Music Academy of Marseilles then took up jazz. At 24, he returned to the world of classical music, studied the works of Debussy, Bartok and Messaien, etc. and joined Samy Abenaïm’s improvisation class at the CIM jazz school in Paris.
Bruno has been performing live since 1995 and has mounted several jazz projects: Angelini/Del Fra/Onoe Trio: “Empreintes” at Sketch 2003. Thierry Peala New Edge Trio with Francesco Bearzatti; Thierry Peala quintet with Kenny Wheeler, Angelin/Joe Fonda/Ramon Lopez Trio; Jazz 4 with Gerard Lesne, Solo “Standard Visite, “Itrane” with Sébastien Texier, Mauro Gargano and Christophe Marguet “If Duo” with Giovanni Falzone. He has taught jazz piano at the Bill Evans Piano Academy since 1996.
Philippe Baden Powell de Aquino is a French-Brazilian pianist, born in Paris on April 5th 1978.
Pianist, composer and arranger, Philippe began studying music at the age of 7, focusing firstly on classical music, then, under the guidance of his father, Brazilian guitarist Baden Powell, on harmony and improvisation.
He has also studied with Antonio Adolfo, Edson Elias, and Luiz Avellar and participated in several master-class sessions including those of US pianists Lynne Arriale and Kenny Werner. Philippe made his debut as sideman accompanying such artists as Flora Purim and Airto Moreira, as well as Maria Bethânia and singer/actor Seu Jorge (Cité des Dieux, Life Aquatic).
In 2005, he was awarded 3rd prize at the Montreux Jazz Piano Solo competition and in 2006 recorded his first album, Estrada de Terra/Dirt Road with the New York label Adventure Music, which received very favorable reviews in the press and notably in Downbeat Magazine which gave it a 4-star rating.
Marc Benhamou (FR), dit Marc Benham, pianiste et organiste, commence à jouer professionnellement très jeune dans des orchestres de New-Orleans et Dixieland.
Après un certain nombre d’années à jouer différents styles de jazz mais aussi de variété et de musiques actuelles, il enregistre deux albums en piano solo successifs, fruits de son expérience accumulée au fil des années, et de ses influences allant du Jazz le plus traditionnel à celui d’aujourd’hui et aux musiques improvisées :
- Herbst (2013), élu Révélation JazzMagazine, 5* So Jazz, Top 5 Jazz France Inter, Blomst Award (Jazz-Special Danemark),
- Fats Food (2016), autour de la musique de Fats Waller (en partenariat avec France Musique et élu entre autres 4 Etoiles Jazz Magazine, Indispensable Jazz Hot).
En tant que sideman ou leader, il a eu l’occasion de jouer dans de nombreux clubs de jazz et festivals (Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne, Jazz à Nice, Jazz à la Villette, North Sea Jazz Festival), et en piano solo sur des scènes prestigieuses comme l’Auditorium de Radio France ou encore la Beethoven-Haus de Bonn. Il travaille régulièrement en leader ou sideman avec des artistes aussi variés que Tony Pagano, Pierrick Pedron, Géraud Portal, César Poirier, Jérôme Barde, Benjamin Henocq, Louis Moutin. François Salque, Sarah Nemtanu.
En 2017 il crée avec le trompettiste Quentin Ghomari le duo Gonam City, et enregistre l’album Gonam City la même année. En 2018 il enregistre Con Alma, un album en trio avec John Hébert (contrebasse) et Eric McPherson (batterie).
Marc enseigne également le piano jazz au Conservatoire CIMP (Paris 17) et à la Bill Evans Piano Academy.
Sylvain Brousse was born in 1982. He studied jazz piano for 3 years at the Bill Evans Piano Academy under Bernard Maury, Cédric Granelle and Phillippe Lebaraillec and, at the same time, obtained a Bachelors in Musicology.
Sylvain still studies with Phillippe Lebaraillec. He obtained a D.E.M in jazz from the Cachan National School of Music (E.N.M) in 2007. As a composer and arranger, Sylvain also performs with his quintet Voice Of Deep Pulse.
Lilian Dericq studied piano with Samy Abenaïm and harmony with Bernard Maury.
In 1990, he also studied musicology at the University of Paris VIII. Lillian has been teaching piano and harmony at the Bill Evans Piano Academy since 1996 and the University of Paris VIII since 1999.
Etienne Guéreau studied classical piano, the fugue and counterpoint at the Issy-les-Moulineaux, Music Conservatory, notably under Isabelle Duha.
While pursuing his classical studies, he was accepted at a very young age into the Berkovitz Music School where he discovered the Berklee method of harmony and arrangements, as well as improvisation.
Etienne completed his harmonic training under Bernard Maury, with whom he studied for several years. This experience resulted in his first solo piano album: “Influences” (2005) which he dedicated to his mentors.
In 2009, he released a second album, À l’Orient de Rio. In addition to his pedagogical activities, Etienne accompanies musicians from all musical genres.
Laurent de Oliveira is a french/brazilian pianist, composer and arranger born in Paris in 1968.
Son on a brasilian drummer/composer Coaty de Oliveira (Drummer of Baden Powell, Claude Nougaro, Nazaré Pereira,..)he begins by studying classical piano with Wally Karveno meanwhile self educating Brazilian music and jazz which leads to him finding himself on stage at an early age, accompanying various Brazilian artists.
Parallel to his career as a musician, he starts teaching jazz piano and directing Brazilian music workshops on 2009 which he continues to this day.
His musical knowledge and experience, his roots in brazilian music and many other influences throughout the years as a self taught musician, has made his music to be of many colors, and his teaching methods to be efficient, innovative and spontaneous.