Beatrice Alunni. Pianist, Composer and Arranger. Native of the South of France.
Passionate about Opera, Latin and Jazz music, she studied at the Conservatoire National de Nice, concentrating on Classical and Jazz piano. She was awarded “Premier Prix” for both styles.
At the same time she won a State Diploma at “Esmod Paris” in the Stage Costumes section and entered into a career which took her all the way to the position of Workshop Manager at the Monte Carlo Opera. But the “Call of the Music” was too strong and it was a natural progression that guided her towards her first passion-Jazz.
She became Professor of Piano at the Conservatory of Beaulieu sur Mer and introduced multiple inspirations to several formations including Brazilian with “Donna Flor” and Modern Jazz with “Aldon Malesco”. Since 2011 she has been an integral part of the quartet “So Close..” with the British, French-based singer Jilly Jackson.
She exercises equally her magical touch with Duos and Trios and explores the pleasures of Composing and Arranging, two disciplines she holds close to her heart.
Double-Bass player / composer, born in Nice, France. Marc Peillon obtained first prize “Jazz Bass” at the National Nice Conservatory and continued his studies at the IMFP (Professional Musical Institute) in Salon de Provence to further his arranging skills with the celebrated arranger Yvan Jullien. He went on to win a national diploma for the “Discipline of Artistic Direction in Jazz”.
He plays with a number of international artists: Jilly Jackson, Stephane Belmondo, George Benson, Stefano di Battisto, Flavio Boltro, Synopsis, David Sanborn, Sugar Blue, Babik and David Reinhardt, Olivier Temime, Richard Manetti, Louis Bertignac, Philippe Combelle, Toni Petrucciani, Francois Jeanneau, Art Johnson, Marcia Maria, Nelson Vera, Turk Mauro, Jin Xing, Anna Maria Kopfmann, Lee Musiker, Jean Pierre Rampal, Georges Arvanitas, Richard Galliano, Max Ionata, Fabrizio Bosso, Mattia Cigalini, Béatrice Alunni…
He is the Vice-Director of the intercommunal Conservatory of Villefranche sur Mer and teaches at the Conservatory of Beaulieu sur Mer and also the Conservatory of Antibes.
He has created several Festivals and Concerts in the South of France (“Cap Jazz”, “Jazz au Village”, “Note Bleue Monté-Carlo”…) and he is currently the Artistic Director for the “Saint Jazz Cap Ferrat” Festival held each summer.