Charles Balayer studied Organ, Organ Improvisation - he is a former student of Mrs. Xavier Darasse and Jan Willem Jansen - Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue, Musical Analysis, Accompaniment, Chamber Music and Jazz in Toulouse Conservatoire National de Region.
His activity as a jazzman has leaded him to play in many types of concerts and festivals (such as the international festival Toulouse les Orgues, Jazz en Limousin, Souillac en Jazz, in the La Rochelle festival, in Guadeloupe...) and to accompany many French musicians like Benny Vasseur, Stéphane Guérault, Jack Labrunie... Charles Balayer especially performed with Jack Labrunie in opening one of Dizzy Gillespie’s late concerts in France.
Charles Balayer teaches Classical Organ, Organ Improvisation and Jazz at the Conservatoire de Musique et Danse in Brive, the first national school of music in France including a Hammond organ class. He is also composer and main organist of the great organ of Saint Martin collegiate church in Brive.
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