Sélène is a French bassist, singer and composer of Caribbean and African origin. She is a rising star of French jazz.
Growing up in a village on the edge of the Fontainebleau forest, she discovered music at the Django Reinhardt festival in Samois-sur-Seine and it was not until she was 18 that she began her musical education.
After a few years of studying in music school and at the conservatory, she met Steve Coleman during a masterclass in the suburbs of Paris and had the chance to meet exceptional teachers and mentors such as Lonnie Plaxico, Ron Carter... thanks to whom she participated in numerous residencies/workshops in NYC, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Cuba, Paris.
The music she composes is also largely influenced by her Caribbean and African origins.
After having poetically transcribed the influence of the moon on her music in her first album "Mare Undarum", Sélène Saint-Aimé transmutes her Caribbean cultural heritage in her second album "Potomitan" released in March 2022.
The album is symbolically and analogically articulated around the song that gave the album its title. Performed as a trio with tanbouyé masters Sonny Troupé (ka drum, Guadeloupe) and Boris Reine-Adélaïde (bèlè drum, Martinique) who joins the team of the previous album.
The interaction between the double bass, Sélène's voice and the drums are at the heart of the album.
Irving Acao on saxophone and Hermon Mehari on trumpet also participate in the vocal trance around the traditional Martinican theme Béliya, bringing Cuban rhythms and sounds.
Winner of the "Franck Ténot" prize at the 2022 Victoires du Jazz, Sélène Saint-Aimé questions her roots through her compositions, mastering her voice and double bass with finesse and speed.