This Monday, The Composers Breakfast Club is blessed by the presence of bassist and musician extraordinaire, Armand Sabal-Lecco.
Born in Ebolowa, Cameroon, bassist and composer Armand Sabal-Lecco was first inspired musically by his siblings Roger (bass, guitar, multi-instrumentalist) and Felix (drums, multi-instrumentalist), reputed contributors to their native country’s rich musical history. As a teenager, Armand rose to prominence in the mid-‘80s in Paris among the pioneering new wave of African musicians who helped redefine the sound of the world music genre.
Since then, as a specialist in creating musical bridges between cultures, Armand’s artistic savoir faire has generated both praise and demand from artists including Sir George Martin, Peter Gabriel, Mercedes Sosa, Ringo Star, João Bosco, Ziggy Marley, Manu Dibango among many others. He has composed for Carole King, Jeff Beck, Stewart Copeland, and Herbie Hancock. Featured on Stanley Clarke’s 2011 Grammy Jazz Album of the Year was Armand’s piece “Fulani”. He has also received NARAS recognition for his outstanding work on the Grammy Awarded albums “Out of the Loop” and “Return of…” by The Brecker Brothers, Paul Simon’s “Rhythm of the Saints” and Alejandro Sanz’s “Unplugged”.
Armand recorded the vocals for the track Képéré, sung in Képéré, an eastern Cameroonian dialect, on the feature film Blood Diamonds as well as advertising campaigns for international brands. Armand’s solo project Positive Army, released in 2012, is a bass-driven, African groove alchemy with jazz harmonies and features a cast of international guest artists.
“Armand Sabal-Lecco is the most incredible bass player on the planet. He’s got all the technique and more! He’s from Cameroon and he comes up with a lot of completely unexpected stuff plus he just likes to groove and that makes me happy.” – Stewart Copeland
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The Composers Breakfast Club began in 2013 when three composer friends in Malibu, California decided to meet for breakfast every Monday morning. They noshed and enjoyed each other’s company and explored all aspects of their world of music, whilst slowly inviting more friends to join in the camaraderie.
The CBC has expanded unabated to this day yet continues to adhere to the original basis of its founding – friends helping friends. They added featured presenters every week, from illustrious music makers to thought leaders in science, politics, business and beyond. Rather than expanding the weekly group well past their average of 65 attendees (and hence losing intimacy), the CBC has added additional chapters that meet in other parts of greater Los Angeles on other days of the week (Venice, Agoura, and Silver Lake) and a chapter in Nashville and the rumblings of a new one in New York City.
All are invited to attend and partake. Being a composer is not a requirement – indeed, many regulars are actors, singers, engineers, producers, and even the odd architect or two. Name tags will always be verboten, and smiles and helping hands are always welcome.