Sonny Amati Schmitt Trio

© Paul Mischkowicz Xavier Nikq © Seboine
21/01/2015 at 21:00 - Liège - Jacques Pelzer Jazz Club
22/01/2015 at 12:15 - Kunsthumaniora Brussel
26 rue des Chrysanthèmes 1020 Brussels (free)
23/01/2015 at 20:00 - Binche - La Maison du Jazz en Hainaut
24/01/2015 at 21:00 - Gouvy - Ferme Madelonne

Sonny Amati Schmitt Trio
Sonny Amati Schmitt: lead guitar
Francko Merhstein: rhythm guitar
Xavier Nikq: double bass
Sonny Amati Schmitt, one of the sons of Gipsy Jazz legend Dorado Schmitt, was born on 8 August 1995 in Thionville in Moselle. He started studying piano and solfeggio at the age of six, but at the age of eight, he couldn’t resist the attraction of the guitar, honoring his origins. His technical progress on the instrument was spectacular, thanks to the advices of his father and of course, his talent. At the age of nine, he joined his father on stage for the very first time.

By the time he was 15, his reputation had already spread way beyond national borders. As his father’s worthy heir, Amati already has some sound concert experience behind him. He appeared alongside Dorado in the Jazz in Vienne Festival in 2010 and for six days of the Django Reinhardt Festival he played at New York’s Birdland Club, where he was congratulated by Leonard Di Caprio, who’d gone there specially to hear him. Several of the well-known jazz strongholds have programmed him, e.g. the Festivals of Lyon, Monaco, and Colmar, not forgetting the New Morning in Paris.

Sonny Amati continues to progress, not only technically, but also in his emotional approach. In the meantime Harmonia Mundi has released his debut album “Sonny Day”. He performed for the first time with his own quartet at the Jazz Transfert festival in Saarbrücken/Germany and the public got wild. The same thing happened at the famous Django Reinhardt festival in Samois sur Seine. Very few musicians can claim such a privilege at the age of sixteen.

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