Frédéric Hamel

Recommended Listening:
3ème Hémisphère "XXIV" Buy
3ème Hémisphère "Mandoscope" Buy
3ème Hémisphère "Zenitude" Buy
3ème Hémisphère "Jeux de Rôles" Buy
3ème Hémisphère "Frédéric Hamel" Buy
Sample Track:  Nardis
(from 3ème Hémisphère "Jeux de Roles")

Frédéric Hamel's musical career kicked off when he was 16, when he began playing folk-style guitar and then took up the banjo. Frédéric and a group of friends then decided to create a bluegrass group called "BLACKJACK". He went on tour with them every summer from 1987 to 1991. he learned to play the mandolin in 1991, which coincided with the start of his professional career as a musician. He plays in groups that perform a wide variety of styles: bluegrass, country (Les Westerners), cajun (Louisiana), Irish (Ihe performs in a trio with J-P Marie on violin & A. De Rosa on percussion), New Orleans (good time jazz music), popular songs (mandolin with G. Quittot), Neapolitan music (Aldo & Co), jazz (3eme Hémisphère), unclassifiable ("Fredaline" duo with A. Quéant on the accordion), Latin American (Tequila trio). At the same time IFrédéric has created a home studio with his friend J-G Kerbiguet and is now concentrating on composing music. His first CD "3eme hémisphère" was issued in 1994: this featured seven jazz-influenced instrumental compositions. His second recording "Jeux de Rôles" came out in 1996: it comprised two original compositions and five reinterpretations of standards. Recorded "like live" with a trio, the recording was distributed by NIGHT&DAY until 1998. His "Zenitude" CD was issued in 2004. This features four compositions: two instrumentals and two with singing. He has also been involved in the recording of a dozen of CDs self-produced by groups or musicians with whom he has performed.