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Myriam Alter got a classical training starting at the age of 8 years. Involved in her studies (graduating from high school, then getting a licence for psychology at the University of Brussels), she had to stop practising her instrument at the age of 15. She then started to work in an advertising agency for a period of seven years. After that, without really being aware of it, she went back to the search of music by opening a dancing school that she managed for another period of seven years.

This was when she really felt the need to start studying the piano again. Her inborn tendency to improvised music brought her very naturally to jazz. She started to study by her own and later with American saxophonist John Ruocco, American piano player Denis Luxion, and finally Dutch bass player Hein van de Geyn who followed her career closely and was to become the producer of her first three records.

Playing mainly jazz standards, Myriam Alter first formed a quartet, then a quintet together with Belgian musicians. After working with these guys for a while, she started to write her own music. When she started to feel comfortable with her music and got recognition for it, she decided to record a first album with Ben Sluys (B) on saxophone, Gino Lattuca (B) on trumpet, Michel Benita (F) on bass, Jan de Haes (B) on drums and herself on piano. As this album was successful, it was followed by another one with the same musicians except Stefan Lievestro (H) playing bass instead of Michel Benita. The second album also got very good reviews. The press emphazised especially Myriam's ability for composing.

So the idea of making an international album occurred. "Alter Ego" was recorded in New York in 1997 with Billy Drewes (USA) on sax and clarinet, Ron Miles (USA) on trumpet, Kenny Werner (USA) on piano, Marc Johnson (USA) on bass and Joey Baron (USA) on drums. While Myriam left the piano seat to Kenny Werner, the quintet only played Myriam's compositions.

Then came the time to write music that would really express "who she was." The resulting album was called "If".

www.enjarecords.com/bio.php?artist=Myriam+Alter

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Myriam Alter's studies in classical music started at age eight. After graduating high school and successfully pursuing a psychology degree from the University of Brussels, she drifted away from the regular practicing of her instrument, and instead chose to work at an advertising agency for seven years. After that, without really being aware of it, she went back to music by opening a dancing school that she managed for another seven years.

This was when she really felt the need to start studying the piano again. Her innate attraction to improvised music brought her very naturally to jazz. She started to study on her own and then later with two Americans, the saxophonist John Ruocco and pianist Denis Luxion. Finally it was Dutch bass player Hein van de Geyn, who had been following her career closely, who became the producer of her first three records.

Playing mainly jazz standards, Myriam Alter first formed a quartet, then a quintet together with Belgian musicians. After working with this formation for some time, she started to write her own music. When she started to feel comfortable with her music and began to achieve recognition through it, she decided to record a first album with saxophonist Ben Sluys, trumpeter Gino Lattuca, bassist Michel Benita, and drummer Jan de Haes, while she herself played piano. This successful album was followed by another, with the same musicians except Stefan Lievestro playing bass instead of Michel Benita. This second album was also well-received, with the press especially emphasizing Myriam's gift for composition.

The idea of making an international album was established, and so Alter Ego was recorded in New York in 1997 with saxophonist and clarinetist Billy Drewes, trumpeter Ron Miles, pianist Kenny Werner, bassist Marc Johnson, and drummer Joey Baron. While Myriam left the piano seat to Kenny Werner, the quintet played exclusively Myriam Alter compositions. Then came the time to write music that would really express her background and identity. The resulting album was her Enja Records debut, If.

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 Myriam Alter - 'If' - 2003, Enja
 Myriam Alter - 'Where Is There' - 2007, Enja, Justin Time
 


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