The Daahoud Salim Quintet wins the" Sabam for Culture Prize" for the best live interpretation of "Vertigo of the Fish" and the "Grand Prix Albert Michiels Prize" for the best band at the B-Jazz International Contest 2017 in Leuven, Belgium.
The quintet of Spanish pianist Daahoud Salim was founded in Amsterdam in 2015. Since then, the band has played at some of the most important stages and festivals in Europe, such us: Bimhuis, Festival Mas I Mas de Jamboree, Festival Internacional de Jazz de Ibiza, Rabobank Amersfoort Jazz, Getxo Jazz Festival, Silesian Jazz Festival, International Jazz Festival in Madrid, etc.
In 2016 the Quintet releases its first album “La Llamada” (Blue Asteroid Records), and a second album, from its live performance during the 40th Getxo Jazz Festival. At the same edition of this festival the band is awarded the “Prize for the best band”, and “Best soloist” (Daahoud Salim). In 2017 the quintet wins the B-Jazz International Contest the “Grand Prix Albert Michiels Prize” for the best band, and the ” Sabam for Culture Prize”.
The repertoire is formed by compositions by Daahoud and eventually by Daahoud’s father, Abdu Salim, a jazz sax player and composer from Texas, who is also a source of inspiration for the band. The band has a great energy and a high level of communication with the audience.
Daahoud Salim, piano
Bruno Calvo, trumpet
Pablo Martínez, trombone
Hendrik Müller, double bass
Sun-Mi Hong, drums
„An outpouring of energy and spirituality in one of the most promising quintets from the new batch.“
„There is blues coming out of his fingers, but also the embers of bebop, gestures from the avant-garde and hypnotic phrases that develop almost trancelike.“
Pablo Sanz, jazz critic of El Mundo
„The pianist builds melodies of exclusive beauty, using a well dosed amount of energy and a cosmic spirituality“
Pablo Sanz, El Mundo
Daahoud Salim (1990) was born in Sevilla, Spain. When he was four years old he started playing the piano while getting lessons from his father Abdu Salim, an American saxophone player and composer.
Daahoud studied classical piano in Sevilla with Juan Olaya and in Badajoz with Ángel Sanzo where he graduated with „cum laude“ and „extraordinary prize“.
He continued studying within the masters program in Denmark with Anne Øland and in Amsterdam with David Kuyken where he graduated in 2015. At the same time Daahoud also finished his bachelor in jazz piano at the Conservatory in Amsterdam.
In the last years he has performed in some of the most prestigious stages and festivals in the classical and jazz european scene: Concergebouw, Bimhuis, Palau de la Música de Catalunya, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Jamboree
He has played as a soloist with orchestra with the Orquesta de Almería (with Michael Thomas), Orquesta de Extremadura (with Álvaro Albiach), and toured in the Nederlands (Muziekgebouw aan het IJ in Amsterdam, Tivoli Utrecht, etc.) also with orchestra, playing Schulhoff 2nd Concerto, with the conductor Andrew Grams.
In the jazz scene he has played all over Spain, mainly with the Daahoud Salim Quintet, but also with Abdu Salim, and other musicians such as Yelsy Heredia.
In 2016 he has released four albums:
"La Llamada", with the Daahoud Salim Quintet, with which he also released a live CD from the concert at the Getxo Internation Jazz Festival where they won the the 1st Prize.
"Abdu in Blue", with Abdu Salim, recorded in Paris and released by "Black Stamp Music“.
"Forbidden Music", a classical album with works by Erwin Schulhoff and released by the Dutch international label Challenge Classics.
SunMi Hong was born on the 15th of July 1990 in Incheon, South-Korea. She began to play Drums at the age of 17. At the age of 19 she was accepted into Howon University in Korea where she mostly played Funk and R&B Music.
SunMis path was directed towards Jazz whilst listening to great records from Brian Blade, Gregory Hutchinson, Ari Hoenig & Roy Haynes. After being accepted into one of the most renowned Schools
of jazz in Europe, The Conservatorium van Amsterdam, she was placed under the wing of drum masters such as Martijn Vink, Marcel Serierse, Lucas Sebastiaan van Merwijk & Gerhard Jeltes.
Over the five years SunMi has been living in Amsterdam, she has developed sensitivity in her playing.
This is displayed through a well tempered swing feel which makes clear her personal identity within the music.
Within the first 3 years of studying her Bachelor, she was asked to play not only by her peers,
but also the teachers of the Conservatorium such as Benjamin Herman, Jasper Blom, Martijn van Iterson & Frans van der Hoeven. She also performed in Big Bands alongside Jesse van Ruller, Simon Rigter,
Abel Marcel, Humphrey Campbell and with conducters such as Justin DiCioccio and Johan Plomp.
She was invited to play in masterclasses with Trumpet player Avishai Cohen, Pianist Enrico Pieranunzi and bassist Dominique Di Piazza.
Currently SunMi is playing with the "Daahoud Salim Quintet" which released thier first album in March 2016 and has more recently been standing alongside the renowned Dutch guitar player, Maarten van der Grinten, to play his original music.
She has her own project she is proud to be involved with where she works with sensational Pianist Young-Woo Lee and the Great bassist Brodie Jarvie.
Pablo José Martínez Hernández (Bullas, 1989) studied at the Conservatory of Murcia (Spain) and at the "Conservatorium van Amsterdam" (The Netherlands), obtaining a Bachelor degree in classical trombone, Master degree in jazz trombone and a Master degree in jazz bass trombone. He has won several awards in both classical and jazz competitions and has participated in the recording of over twenty albums.
Currently he is living in Amsterdam, where he leads his own project "Pablo Martinez Flamenco-Jazz Band" receiving the second prize in the semifinal of the Keep an Eye Jazz Award 2013 and performing in some of the best venues in Europe such as the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, the Jamboree in Barcelona and the Concertgebouw Koorzaal in Amsterdam among festivals throughout the Dutch geography. They released their first album “De madrugada” in 2.016, featuring Jorge Pardo. He also works as a freelance musician, with bands such as Latin Society, Cubop City Big Band, CaboCubaJazz, Lluc Casares Octet, Gerardo Rosales Salsa Vintage, Marutyri, Labryenco, Daahoud Salim Quintet, The BvR Flamenco Big Band and The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw.
Bruno Calvo (1991) is a young trumpet player from Cadiz, Spain. Since he was born he found himself surrounded and influenced by a rich musical atmosphere because his father was trumpet player, too.
He started playing at the age of 5 and with only 7 years he started to study the classical trumpet at the conservatory of his hometown until the age of eighteen. He also took additional private lessons and attended music workshops with Joe Magnarelli, Jerry Bergonzi, Dick Oatts or Bruce Barth.
Presenting excellent grades, he was accepted at the most important conservatory in Spain in 2009: The: ESMUC in Barcelona (Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya). Here he completed his Bachelor degree in jazz trumpet with musicians such as: Mireia Farres, Toni Belenguer, Matthew Simon, Albert Bover and Lluís Vidal.
In 2013 he moved to Amsterdam where he continued studying the Master degree in the CvA (Conservatorium van Amsterdam) with musicians such as Ruud Breuls, Simon Rigter, Yaniv Nachum, Jasper Blom or Joris Roelofs.
Still living in Amsterdam until today, Bruno can look back to excellent formation taking lessons with famous artists such as the trumpet player Avishai Cohen, Ambrose Akinmusire, Joe Magnarelli, Terell Staford, Terence Blanchard, Mireia Farres, Bobby Shew and Willem van der Vliet.
He keeps his musical career active by playing in many different projects like Trempera!, BvR Flamenco Big Band, Tarquim, Lluc Casares Octet Red and one of the most important jazz productions in the Netherlands; The New York Round Midnight. He furthermore has collaborate at the well-known Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw. Moreover, he has taken part in different recordings as a sideman. The most relevant ones are Tarquim, Mar Endins (2016); Daahoud Salim Quintet, La Llamada (2016); Lluc Casares, Red (2015); Pablo Martínez Flamenco- Jazz Band, De Madrugada (2015); Life on Mars (2015); BvR Flamenco Big Band, Jaleo Holandés (2014); Dr. Ring Ding Ska-Vaganza, Piping Hot (2012).
From the participation in many contest it must be emphasized the Keep An Eye International Jazz Award 2014 where he won the 2nd prize and also the 1º prize to the Best Monk Arrangement with the band Trempera!, with whom also were finalists at the Dutch Jazz Competition 2014. The MeerJazz Festival’s International Big Band Competition where he won the 1st and 2nd prize with the BvR Flamenco Big Band (2014 and 2015). Lately they also won the Keen an Eye Records Awards 2015. Recently he has won the Contest for Groups of 40th Getxo Jazz Festival 2016 with Daahoud Salim Quintet.
Hendrik Müller, born in 1986 in Detmold Germany, began his musical carrier at the age of 6 when he started getting classical piano lessons. With 14 he began taking classical double bass lessons and started to join the „Detmolder Youth Orchestra“ as well as the local youth Big Band. Still the piano was considered for him as his main instrument.
During his stay as an exchange student in the USA in 2003/04 he discovered his fascination for jazz.
In 2010 Hendrik began to study jazz double-bass and electric-bass at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. In 2016 he finished his master of music at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
There he became a very active part of the local jazz scene and a member of several international projects that are active also beyond the borders of the Netherlands such as the „Daahoud Salim Quintet“