Pianist/Keyboardist/Composer Arie Salma is a versatile musician who focuses on Jazz-Fusion music, many times with World influences. Born to Spanish parents in Israel, Arie was exposed to elements of Flamenco, Latin, African and Mediterranean music, which he likes blending with his Jazz playing and compositions.
Arie was introduced to Jazz as a young teenager, listening to giants such as Chick Corea, George Benson, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Weather Report and others. After completing his musical degree in Rimon School of Jazz in Israel, and playing aside with many local famous artists, Arie moved to the US. He took part in a variety musical projects, many of them being his own creation. In 2010, Arie created the Flamenco-Jazz musical group Sonido, along with Guitarist Rob Math. Sonido got and still gets played in many Jazz radio stations around the globe and received substantial reviews. Among contributors to the band were Drummer John Ferraro, Bassist Hussain Jiffry, Percussionist Bob Conti (played w Donna Summer, Jose Feliciano) and legendary Percussionist, Alex Acuna. The band played in many known Jazz venues such as Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles. Arie has also collaborated with various world artists such as renown multi-instrumentalists, Omar Faruk Tekbilek and Grammy awarded Brazilian singer, Luciana Souza.
For his upcoming album, named Brazilian Muse, Arie collaborated with musicians/friends such as Bassist Carlitos Del Puerto (the Chick Corea Spanish Heart band, Grammy awarded), Bassist Hussain Jiffry (player and producer for Herb Alpert, also Grammy awarded), Drummer Steve Hass (drummer for John Scofield, Manhattan Transfer, Jeff Lorber and more), Drummer John Ferraro (drummer for Larry Carlton, Burt Bacharach and others), Percussionist Kevin Winard, Drummer Tal Bergman (drummer for John Bonamasa and others), and Brazilian vocalist Teka. The album sound ranges from light Jazz-Fusion to World Brazilian to Funky Smooth-Jazz.
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"Arie’s Jazzy Piano can range from caressing and smooth to passionate and bold. And with the blissful touch of some of the some of the most dynamic world-class musicians that took part in this project, the music reached new levels of expression"