Arnaud Dolmen

Origin: Guadeloupe

Arnaud Dolmen is one of the most acclaimed jazz artist, drummer and composer of his generation

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Arnaud Dolmen : Batterie / Léonardo Montana : Piano / Francesco Geminiani : Sax Ténor / Samuel F'hima : Contrebasse

Arnaud Dolmen

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Arnaud Dolmen is one of the most acclaimed jazz artist, drummer and composer of his generation. He won Les Victoires du Jazz 2022 award, category “Revelation”. Jazzwise magazine describes his work as "a masterstroke". In France, Jazz Magazine crowned him as "the Best New Jazz Artist", "One of the 5 best drummers of 2021" (with Jazz News).

Native of Guadeloupe, Arnaud released his successful debut album Tonbé Lévé in 2017.

As young musician, he collaborates with different artists, in various musical style.

Based in Paris, Arnaud brings his gwoka and jazz background in his unique play while traveling the globe. After a long period of observation and introspection, Arnaud Dolmen returns with a second critically-acclaimed album, Adjusting, which questions our interconnection, our human experience in a world as beautiful as noisy…

Touring bands:
Arnaud Dolmen quartet
trio Arnaud Dolmen - Jowee Omicil - Michel Alibo
duo with Léonardo Montana (piano)

Tonbé Lévé, his first album released in 2017, focused on a contemporary Jazz aesthetic is a resounding success. Based in Paris, the artist continues to surprise with his unique style and skills as a composer. After a long period of observation and introspection, Arnaud Dolmen returns with a second critically-acclaimed album, Adjusting, which questions our interconnection, our human experience in a world as beautiful as noisy…

Originally from Guadeloupe, he studied drum ka from the age of five, then drums at Atelier Marcel Lollia, under the direction of Georges Troupé. As a teenager, his talent was revealed in the Kimbòl Youth Orchestra. As young musician, he collaborates with different artists, in various musical style. Close to his majority in 2003, the Guadeloupe drummer flew to Toulouse to continue his music studies at the Dante Agostini drum school.

Freshly graduated, he began his professional career on the national and international scene alongside Caribbean groups such as Soft, Franck Nicolas or Dédé Saint-Prix. Between 2006 and 2015, he was the co-leader of several remarkable bands : Zetliyo, FDH Trio and Nonoexperiment.

He has performed around the world alongside Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Bojan Z, Olivier Ker Ourio, Alfredo Rodriguez, Mario Canonge, Naïssam Jalal, Laurent de Wilde, David Linx, Samy Thiébault, Jonathan Jurion and many more.

To date, he has already recorded more than 80 albums.

Meanwhile, he passes on his knowledge during masterclasses and private lessons. He also composed the music for two documentaries: "Une Histoire à Soi" by Amandine Gay (released in June 2021), "Camarade Jean" by Franck Salin (released in October 2020). Arnaud appears in the Netflix series, The Eddy. He participated in “Jazz(s) à la Philharmonie”, an original film on French jazz by Mathieu Moon Saura and Priscilla Telmon, aired on ARTE Concert in June 2021. Arnaud signs the music for Franck Salin's play, Zantray, released in October 2021.

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