MÉLODIE GIMARD (France)

Mélodie Gimard 'Numen'

Mélodie Gimard is a French pianist, composer and arranger living and working in Barcelona. Her compositions and improvisations are uniquely characterised by her studies in classical piano and flamenco. The creativity and virtuosity of this young pianist are clear, both in her musical arrangements and in the sensitivity of her touch.

Gimard is a founding member of the Pescaitos Flamenco Quartet and Trio Zuloaga and she is currently recording her debut album Numen.

Despite her youth, she has also served as Musical Director for a number of shows in various national and international festivals such as the Semaine Flamenco Festival in France and the Malaga Biennial, sharing the stage with artists such as Miguel de la Tolea, Carlos Sarduy, Moises Navarro and Jose Manuel Álvarez.

Numen is an original project that blends flamenco with jazz and classical music. Coming from the latin word meaning 'spiritual presence', 'Numen' represents freedom of expression. It also means inspiration. Places, words, people... anything can become numen. In this project Mel Gimard translates into music different numen that have inspired her, telling her own story whilst drawing from the flamenco tradition and its language seen from a new angle. In her compositions, we find influences from both traditional and contemporary flamenco. El Chozas de Jerez, Manolo Caracol, Moraito, Bebo Valdes, Ibrahim Maalouf and Tigran Hamasyan are part of the varied creative 'Numen' of Mel Gimard.

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