Jazz swing - creole - world jazz
Armel Amiot - Cherbourg (Normandy, France)
Armel Amiot is unquestionably what can be called an eclectic musician. In the 80s, it was first as a guitarist and singer with the rock trio Porte 53, for three albums of original songs and more than 500 concerts. Then, from a rock singer he gradually became a jazz singer, without letting go of his guitar. He scoured the Parisian swinging jazz scenes with a large number of groups (Caveau de la Huchette, Petit Journal, Méridien).
A little later, it was the banjo that crossed his path when he was recruited by the group La Planche à Laver, made up of professional musicians from his region. From New Orleans jazz to West Indian beguines via acoustic funk, it was the transition to another level of visibility, since the group performed at many festivals in France, the West Indies, and sometimes abroad. With three albums, the second of which was recorded in New Orleans under the direction of the great banjo player and producer Don Vappie, it was an opportunity for Armel to rub shoulders with singing in the Creole language (Martinican, in particular), which was not without consequence on the current projects.
After returning to his piano for a few years to accompany French song, while continuing his activity as a banjoist-singer, Armel was preparing for a new musical direction.
Esperanto had in the meantime crossed his path, the seed had quietly germinated, and the idea of writing original songs in the international language was only waiting for the right time. As for many artists, it was the first lockdown which offered him the perspective and the time necessary for a new start.
It is therefore a first EP Banĝo Esperanto which will be for Armel the gateway to the field of music in Esperanto!
Armel Amiot website: www.armelamiot.com
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