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Marc Antoine

Guitarist , composer and producer , Marc Antoine , was born in Paris (France) on the 28th of May 1963. His parents bought him his first guitar when he was 11 years old which quickly became his third arm . Marc has had a guitar in his hands ever since. At age 13, his father saw such rapid progress that he sent him to the conservatory where he would study classical music. By then his mentors were Andres Segovia and John Williams. At 17 he’d already won many prizes and started showing an interest in a variety of music genres including jazz, rock , world , pop and more. At the same time he was playing in local bands in Britany (France).

Tragedy struck in the summer of 1981 when his debut career got cut short by a devastating accident to his left hand. The surgeon told him that his chances of playing again were very slim and next to nothing. However, through the adversity, his love and passion for music helped him overcome this tragedy and in 1984 he was back on the scene in Paris, performing in clubs and recording for artists like Charlelie Couture, France Gall, Jill Kaplan, Ray Lema and more.

In 1988 he moved to London where he joined Basia’s band and worked with the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra ,soul to soul, Pato Banton and general Public.He was also part of the London Acid Jazz scene. His world tour travelling lead him to Tokyo (Japan) where he became an acclaimed session player.

As a true citizen of the world, Marc kept moving, this time to Los Angeles (California) in 1990. He stayed there for 12 years playing for music royalty such as Sting, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Cher, Selena, Queen Latifah, George Benson, Guru Jazzmatazz, Take 6 and others. He composed and performed for major movie soundtracks: “Get Shorty”, “The Fan”, “Patch Adams”, “Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil”, “Demolition Man” and “Celtic Pride”. He also worked with producers of the likes of Tommy LiPuma, Philippe Saisse, Marcus Miller, Mike Pela, Paul Brown, Guy Roche and many more.

Most importantly, however, Marc began his solo career. His first album was “Classical Soul” NYC records 1994. Then came “Urban Gypsy” NYC 1995, “Madrid” GRP 1998, “Universal Language” GRP 2000, “Cruisin” GRP 2001, “The Very Best Of Marc Antoine” GRP 2002, “Mediterraneo” Rendez Vous 2003, “Modern Times” Rendez vous 2005, “Hi-lo Split” Concord /Peak records 2007, “Foreign Exchange” Concord /Peak records 2009,”My Classical Way” Frazzy Frog Music 2010.

Marc’s career boast many #1 hits on the R&R contemporary jazz charts, as well as topping the billboard charts. In 1995, R&R elected him best new artist of the year, which was followed by his Gavin Award in1998,a latin grammy for best instrumental song in 2005 and the international artist of the year at the chicago Jazz awards in 2010. He has also received numerous nominations for jazz awards in the US and Canada.

Regularly touring with contemporary jazz artists like Dave Koz, Chris Botti, Jeff Lorber, Jeffrey Osborn, Phillipe Saisse, Brian Simpson and others, he also performs or records with jazz Legends such as Peter Erskine, Jimmy Haslip, Mike Mainieri, Dave Valentin, Christian McBride and Mark Egan to name a few. Marc was honoured when George Benson mentioned him as one of his favorite acoustic guitarist.

In 2010 he creates his own label and publishing company called “Frazzy Frog Music”and releases his first independent record “My Classical Way”on it. It was voted number 2 record of the year on the “Jazz Times” magazine top 50.

He is now working on a new project called “Guitar Destiny”, a mixture of genres inspired by his many travels and musical destiny.Release is scheduled in the summer of 2012. Marc Currently resides in Madrid (Spain) where he writes and produces in his studio when he’s not giving concerts.

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