Fabrice Cima

The saxophone and flute player Fabrice Cima was born in Franconville (Val d’Oise, near Paris). He discovered the world of percussions and xylophones when he was six years old in the “musical gardens” created in France for children. He began studying musical theory and then the saxophone at the age of eight. After ten years of classical degree course, he went to jazz and flute playing.
In 1993, he was graduated in musical theory and got the highest prize in saxophone at the Union régionale d’Ile de France where he kept on studying, while attending the CNR classes (Paris higher school of music).

 

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After his A’level in 1995, he became the lead alto saxophone player in the Big Band of the pianist Thomas Balthazar. He also joined many chamber music ensembles and orchestras.
He got his first prize as a saxophonist in Paris (CNR), and his DEM (Music Studies Diploma).His abilities to improvise in various styles made him play his part in famous festivals like Le Printemps de Bourges and Les 40 heures d’Andilly…
One year later, Fabrice flew to French Polynesia and became a music teacher in the Art Polynesian Conservatoire, where he teaches the saxophone, the flute and the musical theory.

When he travels back to France, he plays with soloists or singers from various musical horizons.
Attracted by Jazz, Funk, Latino, Lounge, he composes and performs with international artists like Jeff Lorber, Abraham Laboriel, Alex Acuna, Hector Martignon, Raul Pneda, and also the Santana musicians (with Myron Dove, bass, and Walfredo Reyes, drums…).

He lives in Tahiti and shares his knowledge while taking part in many projects, in studio or live, with Polynesian artists like Teiva LC, Andy Tupaia, Felix Vichez, Tapuarii Laughlin, Guillaume Matarere, Gerald Mingo, John Menezes, Maruarii Ateni, Michel Poroi, Emanuelle Vidal, Angelo, Laurent Degache, Naho, Jean Marie Biret for the CD “Manahau”, and he also participates in religious music recordings

An eclectic artist, Fabrice Cima has just finished the recording of a new EP called “Sunset Groove”, a release you will soon discover on Mahana Bay Label !

 

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