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Gregoire Maret: Bio

Gregoire Maret was born in 1975 in Geneva, Switzerland and began playing the Harmonica at age 17. His childhood was filled with a diverse array of musical influences from his Harlem born, African-American mother and his Swiss father,
a local jazz musician.

Upon graduating from the prestigious Conservatoire Superieur de Musique de Geneve, Gregoire made the critical decision to move to New York City to pursue Jazz studies at the New School University. Over time Maret honed his craft, becoming one of the most sought after Harmonica players in the world. He has developed his own unique sound and his versatile style enables him to play effortlessly across different musical genres. He is often compared to legends Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder and has been sought out to play with an incredible number of famous musicians including Youssn'Dour, Me' Shell Ndegeocello, Pete Seeger, David Sanborn, George Benson, Cassandra Wilson...

In 2005, Gregoire toured with the Pat Metheny Group, receiving a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. He also won the Jazz Journalists Association Player of the Year Award'. After his Grammy win, Maret embarked on a two-year tour with the world- class bassist Marcus Miller and subsequently joined Herbie Hancock's band.

After spending years on the road and consistently meeting with success, Maret was asked by his sponsor, Suzuki Harmonica to assist in creating his own Gregoire Maret G-48 and G-48W Signature Chromatic Harmonica series. He provided critical advice on the materials used as well as other intricate aspects, thus contributing to the production of high quality instruments of which all participants are proud of today.

Maret continues to record and tour with notable musicians and co-leads the trio Gaia, with pianist Federico Gonzales Pena and drummer Gene Lake. Most recently, in May 2010, Gregoire Maret played at The Concert for the Rainforest with
Elton John and Sting.

Furthermore Gregoire has recorded a duo album with Andy Milne entitled Scenarios and he is currently working on his
first solo album.

1 Lucilla's Dream  
2 The Secret Life Of Plants  
3 The Man I Love (Feat. Cassandra Wilson)  
4 Travels  
5 Crepuscule Suite: 5:37 PM (Intro)  
6 Crepuscule Suite: Crepuscule (ft. Marcus Miller)  
7 Crepuscule Suite: 4:28 AM (Outro)  
8 Manha Du Sol, ft. Raul Midon & Tami Samantha Hayes  
9 Prayer (ft. Mark Kibble & Alvin Chea Of Take 6)  
10 Lembra De Mim  
11 Children's Suite: The Womb  
12 Children's Suite: Children's Song  
13 Children's Suite: Outro  
14 O Amor E O Meu Pais (ft. Toots Thielemans)  
15 Ponta De Areia  
Gregoire Maret at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola - Secret Life of Plants
Gregoire Maret Quartet 'Lucilla's Dream' @ musig-im-ochsen. Muri
The Pace Report: 'A Maret State of Mind' The Gregoire Maret Interview

Over the course of the past decade, Gregoire Maret has emerged as a unique and compelling new voice across a wide spectrum of the modern jazz world. That his chosen instrument - the harmonica - is a relative rarity in the genre is one element in his singular sound, but far from the whole explanation. After all, the extensive list of heavy-hitters who have enlisted him for their own projects is unparalleled: Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Cassandra Wilson, and Marcus Miller are some of his most prominent employers, none of whom have the patience to employ novelty for novelty's sake. His guest appearances on recording sessions and concert stages expand that list to even more jaw-dropping proportions: Raul Midon, Jimmy Scott, John Ellis, Jacky Terrasson, Richard Bona, Sean Jones, Terri Lyne Carrington, Kurt Elling, Lionel Loueke, Mike Stern, and Charlie Hunter have all made use of Maret's unmatched palette of color. More recently, he's worked alongside some of the biggest names in music, including Elton John, Sting, and Prince.

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