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Emmanuel Massarotti

Pianist, keyboardist, composer, arranger, musical director, educator, electric bassist, vocalist and percussionist (Afro-Cuban and Afro-Uruguayan).

Born in Vienne, France into a musical family of Italo-French decent, Emmanuel began studying music at the Conservatory and private lessons, and he completed his studies with first prizes in piano, chamber music and writing. He also studied the liturgical organ and conducting. Massarotti’s most famous masters were Olivier Messiaen, Segiu Celibidache, Jean-Pierre Clement and Jollet Pincemaille. Meanwhile, his father introduced him at an early age to jazz, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music, which became his favorites, among other world music.

Emmanuel has performed and collaborated with musicians from around the world, including US vocalist Jimmy Scott, noted New York musicians Monty Alexander, Jimmy Sabater, Frank London, Jerome Sabbagh, Marcus Gilmore, Adam Kolker, José Mangual, Jose Madera, and Matisyahu, Africando (New York musical project uniting salsa musicians and Senegalese vocalists); Cuban musicians Franck Oropesa, Raul Paz, Donaldo Flores, Martha Galarraga, Luis Manresa, and Miguel Anga Diaz; South American musicians Monica Passos (Brazil), Menino Garay (Argentina), Alain Jean-Marie (Guadeloupe), Orlando Poleo (Venezuela), Gustavo Ovalles (Venezuela), Jim Lopez (Peru), Camilo Azuquita (Panama); African musicians Paco Sery, Salif Keita, Cheick Tidiane Seck, Maurice El Medioni, Oumou Sangare, and Shamal Maytra; and French/European musicians François Méchali, Gildas Boclé, Emmanuel Bex, Gueorguy Kornazov, Emile Parisien, Vincent Artaud, Manuel Marchès, Julien Loureau, Franck Aghulon, Alby Cullaz, Chander Sardjoe (Dutch), Chris Jennings (Canada/Europe)…

Emmanuel joined Allison Adams Tucker’s European tour group in both 2011 and 2012, and was the pianist and one of the arrangers on her project “April in Paris”, recorded in Paris on the 1st Annual International Jazz Day.

Emmanuel’s work as a composer is also expressed in the films of Georges Méliès and Marc Allegret, among others, and he has taught for over twenty years.