If there was one word to describe Claude Diallo and his music it would be compassion. From his humble beginnings to the drive behind his compositions, he welcomes truth and every day life as the seal for his upcoming albums with the CLAUDE DIALLO SITUATION.
His colourful background having a Senegalese Step-Grandfather handing down his African family name of Diallo, to the art featured on his upcoming album painted by his maternal grandfather whom he has never met but inspires him none the less, is only a piece of a larger story that has shaped his music through the years.
Born in Switzerland, to a Swiss mother and French father, Claude was destined to play music as both parents played in a Symphony Orchestra where he frequented the classical performances during his childhood. Jolted by Oscar Peterson’s fiery music is what turned him on to Jazz at the age of 13; it was love, and he never turned back. With the world in his horizon he set out for New York City in 2001 at the ripe age of 19 to follow the inner urge to become the next up and coming Jazz pianist/ composer.
He found himself at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA where he cultivated life long relationships and studied with greats like Danilo Perez, Raymond Santisi, Frank Carlberg, Andy McGhee and many other influential musicians, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2006 and completing his Master’s Degree in 2008 from Aaron Copland School of Music. There he studied with David Berkman, Michael Mossman and Antonio Hart. His music has become the key to his heart and he hides nothing with the emotion he puts into every note and it is a direct reflection of his life.
Even with his accolades from his home country and being a finalist in 2009 at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, this does not stop his desire to forge ahead with keeping his music simplistically layered with the depth of joy, sorrow, love, complication, experience – LIFE.
His plans to tour with Brazilian singer Bruna Caram, his July release of both albums, one with mentor Andy McGhee and with his trio the Claude Diallo Situation, are just a few things Claude will use to catapult his efforts to becoming one of the best. His own tour through Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong in July 2010 along with his national performances is sure to catch a buzz in the Jazz scene. Simply put, Claude sees his music reflecting daily events and memories carved from our society. His music works in every culture because it is about life and emotions, which every culture deals with. He puts all of his love into his music and makes it unique so that people remember his
performances, going home with a lasting memory.
Don’t miss a chance to experience his nostalgia and true love for Jazz and see where it can take you!
To read more about Claude Diallo’s projects, awards and performances, please visit www.claudediallo.com and view the various pages he’s put together for you.