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Emmanuel Simon is a versatile musician from Paris, France, acting in Jazz, Latin-American, World, Fusion, and other Western modern music fields as well as composing for various occasions.


Trained as a Western classical pianist, he has completed his academic and university degrees in music theory, ear training and sight reading, Western musicology, Western classical and modern music. He has also graduated from a M.A. degree of Indian Instrumental Music from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, as a Gold Medalist and now attending a PhD. on Bengali folk percussion. After his piano studies, he got compelled to study the incredible variety of world music, rhythms and percussion. He is nowadays a multi-talented percussionist, having wide knowledge in various musical cultures, specializing in Western, West African, Afro-Cuban and north Indian percussion, getting taalim for the latter from the legendary tabla virtuoso late Pandit Shankar Ghosh and world-famous Maestro Bickram Ghosh.

He is a founder member, band leader and musical director of The Latination, one of India's only Latin-jazz bands.

Emmanuel Simon - Freelance percussion artist - performer, composer, teacher - performing at Kolkata Jazz Festival 2015
Emmanuel Simon - Freelance percussion artist - performer, composer, teacher

He has been performing in Europe and South Asia collaborating with various artists and ensembles. In India, he has performed all around the country (Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Indore, Bhopal, Ranchi, Dehradun, Jamshedpur, Pondichery, Munnar, Coimbatore, etc.) in prestigious auditoriums and invited to perform in prestigious festivals. His compositions for short animated movies have been broadcasted on different TV channels (USA, Japan, Europe) and various short films festival all across the world (USA, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Russia, Europe).

Having being teaching passionately different specific types of percussion but also music as a general subject (composition, arrangement, rhythms, harmony, etc.) to various instrumentalists from different backgrounds (guitar, bass, keyboard), Emmanuel Simon highly values the importance of transmission of musical knowledge through the holistic approach (psychology, body language and positions, practice & performance behaviours, etc.) and is therefore deeply dedicated to sharing his own artistic, human and professional experience, in order to give his students the tools to empower themselves as accomplished and confident musicians.

Festivals performed in India :

- Delhi World Percussion Festival

- NCPA Jazz Festival, Mumbai

- Kolkata Jazz Festival

- Goa International Jazz Live Festival

- Magnetic Fields Festival, Alsisar

- Delhi International Jazz Festival

- Bengaluru International Arts Festival

- Delhi International Arts Festival

- Hampi Utsav, Hampi 

- International Dance Fiesta, Calcutta

- Latin Soul Fiesta, Pune

- Pondy Partages, Pondicherry

- Osho Music & Meditation Monsoon Festival, Pune


Venues visited across India :

- Kamani Auditorium, Delhi

- NCPA, Mumbai

- ICCR Satyajit Ray Auditorium, Kolkata

- Chowdiah Hall, Bangalore

- Birla Sabhaghar, Calcutta

- Nehru Park, Delhi

- Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal

- Purana Qila, Delhi

- Doon School Auditorium, Dehradun

- Kala Mandir, Kolkata

- Blue Frog, Delhi & Bangalore

- Central Park, Delhi

- High Spirits, Pune

- The B-Flat Bar, Bangalore

- The Piano Man Jazz Club, Delhi

- Shisha Cafe, Pune

- Someplace Else, Calcutta

- Depot 48, Delhi

And many more...

Corporate shows :

- Tata Steel

- Entrepreneurs Organisation

- Tata Beverages Global Limited

- etc.

+ private shows, etc.

Emmanuel Simon - Freelance percussion artist - performer, composer, teacher - performing at Big Sunday Festival 2015
Emmanuel Simon - Freelance percussion artist - performer, composer, teacher
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