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Bassist, composer and arranger (Jazz, World, Pop, Music for films)
French musician, composer, arranger
After obtaining a degree in musicology and studying classical double bass, Simon Mary began playing jazz. He has performed with Steve Potts, Kenny Wheeler, Denis Leloup, Georges Arvanitas, Baptiste Trotignon, Sara Lazarus, Alain Jean-Marie, Méderic Collignon, Daniel Givone among many others.
In 1999 he founded Mukta, a pioneering world-jazz band in Europe, with whom he recorded six albums on the Warner Jazz label, and performed for twelve years all over the world. The group was nominated twice for the prestigious Victoires de la Musique, the French equivalent of the Grammy Awards.
His desire for new musical encounters and discoveries have led him to play with musicians from traditional music, ranging from India to Brittany, and from the Balkans to Korea (Biswajit Roy Chowdury, Loten Namling, Didier Squiban, Ronan Robert, Mihai Trestian, Yom, E’Joung-Ju).
He has also worked in the worlds of theater (Enzo Corman, Théatre Nuit, Skene Productions) storytelling and litterature as well as for cinema (Le nouveau monde, directed by Alain Corneau).
He has performed and recorded with well-known French singer-songwriters, such as Katerine, Miossec, Alexis Hk and Ignatus.
He has performed on stages around the world, including the Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz Yatra in Bombay, the Crystal Ballroom in Portland Oregon, les Eurockéennes, the Nice Jazz Festival, les Nuits de Fourvière, the New Morning and l'Olympia in Paris, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Casino de Paris, the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, the Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois, Transmusicales, the Francofolies in Montreal and in La Rochelle, the Printemps de Bourges and the Festival d'Eté in Quebec City.
He has recorded over 70 albums in various categories, including jazz, pop, french songs, world music, electro-jazz, and soundtracks.
In 2018, with musicians from jazz, classical and world music, he created a new ensemble, « Krystal Mundi», which blends written composition and improvisation.
His main influences range from French impressionists to repetitive music and from Jazz to Indian classical music.

(English translation : A.Arleo)
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LF-191-090D Simon Mary - Comme Un Ours [Live] album art Alexis HK Alexis HK - Comme Un Ours [Live](CD, Album, Dlx, Ltd) La Familia LF-191-090D France 2020 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

F.S. 104 Simon Mary - Francis Saulnier Chante Jacques Brel album art Francis Saulnier Francis Saulnier - Francis Saulnier Chante Jacques Brel(Cass, Album) Not On Label F.S. 104 France 1991 Sell This Version
E.V.A. Simon Mary - Mardi, Sans Rendez-Vous...  album art Philippe Eveno Philippe Eveno - Mardi, Sans Rendez-Vous... (CD, Album) Not On Label E.V.A. France 1992 Sell This Version
FS 105 Simon Mary - Francis Saulnier Chante Jacques Brel album art Francis Saulnier Francis Saulnier - Francis Saulnier Chante Jacques Brel(Cass, Album) Not On Label FS 105 France 1993 Sell This Version
SEVENTH A XIII, SRA A13 Simon Mary - km 5 à Bangui album art Jean-Luc Chevalier Jean-Luc Chevalier - km 5 à Bangui(CD, Album) Seventh Records, Seventh Records SEVENTH A XIII, SRA A13 France 1994 Sell This Version
L'OZ 06 Simon Mary - Jazz A Vauban 1985-1995 album art Various Reed Head Blues and 1 more… Various - Jazz A Vauban 1985-1995(CD, Album) L'Oz Production L'OZ 06 France 1995 Sell This Version
ROB 9643, 576 860 2 Simon Mary - Mon Cœur Balance album art Katerine Mon Cœur Balance Katerine - Mon Cœur Balance(CD, Single, Ltd) Rosebud, Barclay ROB 9643, 576 860 2 France 1996 Sell This Version
ROB 9640, 529 842-4 Simon Mary - Mes Mauvaises Fréquentations album art Katerine Katerine - Mes Mauvaises Fréquentations (Album) Rosebud, Barclay ROB 9640, 529 842-4 France 1996 Sell This Version
50505-2 Simon Mary - En Concert  album art Ronan Robert Réunion Ronan Robert Réunion - En Concert (CD, Album) Pixie (4) 50505-2 France 1996 Sell This Version
KYTHMAK031DA Simon Mary - Larme De Crocodile album art Kahimi Karie Electrophone Kahimi Karie - Larme De Crocodile(CD, Album) Crue-L Records KYTHMAK031DA Japan 1997 Sell This Version
escd005 Simon Mary - Voulez-Vous Me Faire La Cour? album art Monsieur de Foursaings* Ces Heures De Loire Monsieur de Foursaings* - Voulez-Vous Me Faire La Cour?(CD, Album) Escalator Records escd005 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
2 26688 Simon Mary - Indian Sitar & World Jazz (Acoustic & Remixed Tracks) album art Mukta Mukta - Indian Sitar & World Jazz (Acoustic & Remixed Tracks) WEA 2 26688 Canada 1999 Sell This Version
3984 26689 1 Simon Mary - Indian Sitar & World Jazz (Acoustic & Remixed Tracks) album art Mukta Mukta - Indian Sitar & World Jazz (Acoustic & Remixed Tracks)(12") Wea Music 3984 26689 1 France 1999 Sell This Version
8573 84316-2 Simon Mary - Jade album art Mukta Mukta - Jade(CD, Album) Warner Music France 8573 84316-2 France 2000 Sell This Version
8573843142 Simon Mary - Dancing On One's Hands! album art Mukta Mukta - Dancing On One's Hands! (Album) Warner Music France 8573843142 France 2000 Sell This Version
8573-85875-1 Simon Mary - Jade album art Mukta Mukta - Jade(12", EP) Warner Music France 8573-85875-1 France 2000 Sell This Version
8573-85874-1 Simon Mary - Dancing On One's Hands! album art Mukta Mukta - Dancing On One's Hands!(12", EP) Warner Music France 8573-85874-1 France 2000 Sell This Version
PIASB 051 CD, 941.0051.020 Simon Mary - Brûle album art Miossec Miossec - Brûle (Album) [PIAS] Recordings, [PIAS] Recordings PIASB 051 CD, 941.0051.020 France 2001 Sell This Version
20202/PB Simon Mary - Vibratones 3 album art Philippe Boittin, Simon Mary, Loïc Roignant Philippe Boittin, Simon Mary, Loïc Roignant - Vibratones 3(CD) Not On Label 20202/PB France 2001 Sell This Version
none Simon Mary - The Grand Groove Orchestra Present: The Havana Sketches album art The Grand Groove Orchestra The Grand Groove Orchestra - The Grand Groove Orchestra Present: The Havana Sketches(CD, Album) Not On Label none France 2005 Sell This Version
8 2564 61761-2 Simon Mary - Haveli album art Mukta Mukta - Haveli(CD, Album, Dig) Warner Music France 8 2564 61761-2 France 2005 Sell This Version
L'OZ 47 Simon Mary - La Plage album art Didier Squiban Didier Squiban - La Plage(CD, Album) L'Oz Production L'OZ 47 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
Dj 567-2 Simon Mary - Gatito album art Daniel Givone Daniel Givone - Gatito(CD) Djaz Records Dj 567-2 France 2006 Sell This Version
PIASB 251 CDVD, 941.0251.033 Simon Mary - Brest Of (Tout Ça Pour Ça) album art Miossec Le Défroqué - Remix Single 2002 and 1 more… Miossec - Brest Of (Tout Ça Pour Ça) (Comp) Play It Again Sam [PIAS], Play It Again Sam [PIAS] PIASB 251 CDVD, 941.0251.033 France 2007 Sell This Version
LF191-078-HK, none Simon Mary - Les Affranchis album art Alexis HK Zouzou and 9 more… Alexis HK - Les Affranchis (Album) La Familia, Abacaba LF191-078-HK, none France 2008 Sell This Version