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Artist biography Benoit Martiny
Benoit Martiny was born on the 3rd of october 1980 in Luxembourg. Quite soon after that, Benoit's interest for music was born too.At the age of 2, Benoit made a comittment to an instrument of great force: The Drums. After that, nothing could stop Martiny from playing: any musical creature that came creeping along was beaten up by Martiny's sticks, especially as he made his first musical statements in a metal band.
After a few years of brutal but sophisticated hammering, Benoit saw that any good music was brutal and sophisticated. For this reason he turned to jazz music. A few years of lovely jazz "education" at the Conservatory of Rotterdam followed, including lessons and workshops with forceful people, such as Hans van Oosterhout, Jimmy Cobb, Ari Hoenig, John Taylor, Kris Goessens and Adam Nussbaum.
Benoit concluded his musical studies by spending some time in the USA, playing and studying in places like New Orleans, Dallas and New York. Since then Benoit is playing in many great bands like: the Sascha Ley Band (Lux.), Neco Novellas (Mozambique), Mdungu (The Netherlands), Laki Latino (Hungary). He also played a concert with Randy Brecker in Hungary and is currently playing in the band World Squad with Oghene Kologbo, former guitar player of the great Fela Kuti from Nigeria.
Music brought him to different countries, like: India, Italy, Slovakia, Hungary, Spain, U.S.A., Serbia, Holland, Belgium, France... Martiny felt the urge to play in his own style of music and thus formed his own band in 2004. Having worked mostly as a sideman this came as a great challenge as, apart from playing, Benoit now also had to compose.
It was easy to put a band together as Martiny had a clear idea of a musical concept: some sort of swing with lots of distorted guitars. All that was missing was songs. So after a few months of writing and rehearsing, an album was recorded with Roby Glod and Maxime Bender (LU) on horns, Sandor Kem (Hun) on double-bass, Jerome Hol (NL) on electric guitar and Benoit on drums.It was called "Jazz goes Garage" and was released under WPR. A number of gigs followed, including an appearance at the Dutch Jazz Competition in Bimhuis in Amsterdam, at the Gaume Jazzfestival in Belgium, at the Jazzland festival in Nagjkanisza, Hungary, concerts in Amsterdam, Paris and Luxembourg.
Since then the horn line-up changed three times but is nowadays perfectly completed with Daniele Martini (IT) on tenor sax and Jasper van Damme (NL) on alto. Also the rhythm section had a major change: Frank Gones (guitar, Holland) came and brought in his amazing problems to spicen up the dirt in Martiny's band. Although they all come from different countries they find together to jazz and roll. This coming June the band will record a new album. This time without a label, raw and hard.