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Illya Amar

Illya Amar - Alternate Mode Artist

Illya Amar studied classical percussion in the Paris superior conservatory.

In the Conservatory of Montreuil, he conducted a specialisation in jazz as vibraphonist and became a graduate in 2004, performing with the trio Dos Soles.


Illya has played in classical ensembles as Carpe Diem (Jean Pierre Arnaud), Fuoco e Cenere and the Stuttgart Percussion Art Ensemble in many festivals as : “Berlioz-la cote St André”, “Radio france”, “Stuttgart State Gallery”...

He met soprano singer Léa Sarfati at the Paris Conservatory founded the duet Lame Vocale. with her. They were prize winners of Fondation CIMA in 2007 and recipient of the prestigious «Coup de cœur» award from the FNAPEC competition. Lame Vocale perform around the globe, including France, Italy, Germany, USA, Poland, Afghanistan... They have often been guest performers on Radio France.


During a long stay in India, Illya has discovered the tablas and traditional instruments of Rajastan where he has studied with Maesh Dalvi and Gazi Khan Manganyar.

When he came back, Illya was particulary interested in world music and began collaboration with the Brazilian singer Aline De Lima (naïve) and the Vietnamese singer Hong Thanh (tour in mexico 07). With the Argentinian Kena flute player matias Marcipar, and the Slovak cello player Ladislav Szathmary, is created the trio Dos Soles. There debut CD, produced by ICI Label, was released in October 2006.


At the same time, Illya developed, his jazz career collaborating with the German label: Act and with several well none artists: Linley Marthe, Stephane Galland, Chander Serdjoe, Karim Ziad, Daniel Casimir, Furio Di Castri, Nenad Gajin, Sébastien Brun, Antoine Berjeaut …

He has recorded several CD with the guitarist Nguyên Lê and is playing in his actual project: Songs of Freedom (with Youn Sun Na, David Linx, David Binney...)

He’s currently playing in the Florent Corbou’s Organic 5tet and the Céline Bonacina’s Réunion 6tet, and the Ensemble Novela Corta.


He is also involved in different projects of rock and french popular music. He has worked with the French singer Fanch, the band Amedée Colère, and with many street art projects.


Illya is an award winner of the Italian competition: Strade del Cinema (music on silent movie) and has been working on film’s scoring since then.