Hailed as “an exceptionally gifted jazz drummer” by French Newspaper Télérama, Raphael Pannier is a 29 year old drummer and percussionist currently based in New York City. Born and raised in Paris, France, he started playing drums at age 5 and performing professionally at age 13. At 18, he was awarded a scholarship to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated with a Performance Degree, studying with some of the best teachers in the world: Terri Lyne Carrington, Ralph Peterson Jr, Hal Crook, Ian Froman, Dave Samuels, Tiger Okoshi, Dave Santoro, Bob Gullotti, and many others.

At Berklee, Raphael met the jazz pianist Emil Afrasiyab, a National Artist from Azerbaijan, with whom he started touring from 2013 to 2015, playing a unique fusion between jazz and “Mugam”, the traditional music from Azerbaijan. Raphael then started an international career, playing in international jazz festivals such as Montreal (Canada), Baku (Azerbaijan), Paraty (Brazil), Paris (France), Tokyo (Japan), Las Palmas (Spain), Tallinn (Estonia), and venues such as Carnegie Hall (NYC), The Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Lincoln Center (NYC), the Kursaal of Berne (Switzerland), the Apollo Th ater (NYC) and more.

Growing up in both European and American cultures, Raphael developed the rare ability to play many musical styles as a high level. As a result, he has had the chance to work with many music masters such as Steve Wilson, Bob James, Lee Ritenour, Aaron Goldberg, Marcos Valle, Eric Lewis, Lage Lund, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Francois Moutin, and more.

From 2015 to 2017, Raphael completed his Master’s Degree at the Manhattan School of Music in NYC under the wing of the renowned educator John Riley. In 2016, he was awarded a full scholarship to attend the very competitive Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C led by Jason Moran and Eric Harland. The same year, he also received a full scholarship to study with Mark Turner and Alex Sipiagin at the “Generations” workshop in Switzerland. He also won the first prize for the “Six Strings Theory Competition” organized by the legendary fusion gu tarist Lee Ritenour, with whom he toured during August 2016, playing different festivals in the USA, recording for Lee’s next album, and performing at Blue Note Tokyo in Japan.

In 2018 Raphael Pannier released a new album as a co-leader of “The Euro-American Jazz Quartet”, an all star jazz quar- tet featuring two Americans and two Europeans musicians: saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown (USA), pianist Holger Marjamaa (Estonia), and bassist Benjamin Tiberio (USA).

In 2019, Raphael recorded his first album as a leader, featuring jazz greats Miguel Zenón (alto saxophone, production), Aaron Goldberg (piano), and François Moutin (upright bass). The album, named "Faune", is produced by the label French Paradox, and was released  on September 18th 2020. It is elected "Revelation" by JazzMagazine in France. 

In 2020, Raphael is a recipient of the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) grant, helping him for a futur recording with Miguel Zenón in 2021. 


"An exceptionally gifted jazz drummer"

            Télérama, France



Né à Paris en 1990, Raphaël Pannier commence a jouer de la batterie dès l’âge de 5 ans et se produit sur scène à 13 ans. En 2008, il lui est attribué une bourse d’études pour le prestigieux Berklee College of Music de Boston. Il y étudie avec Terri Lyne Carrington, Ralph Peterson Jr, Hal Crook entre autres.

A Berklee, Raphaël rencontre le pianiste Azerbaidjanais Emil Afrasiyab, avec qui il tourne entre 2013 et 2015, jouant une musique fusionnant jazz et “Mugham”, la musique traditionnelle d’Azerbaidjan.


En 2014, son diplôme obtenu, Raphaël déménage à New-York et remporte une nouvelle bourse pour suivre le programme de Master à la Manhattan School of Music, sous l’aile de John Riley et Dave Liebman, La même année, Raphaël est sélectionné pour le concours “Betty Carter Jazz Ahead”, stage organisé pour les compositeurs de jazz au Kennedy Center de Washington D.C par Jason Moran et Eric Harland. Il remporte le premier prix de la compétition internationale biennale “Six Strings Theory” organisée par le guitariste légendaire Lee Ritenour dont Dave Weckl fait partie du jury. Il se produit ainsi avec Lee Ritenour aux USA, enregistre avec lui, et ils donnent enfin un concert au Blue Note de Tokyo.


Raphaël, vivant à New-York, joue avec d’autres personnalités du jazz actuel: Steve Wilson, Bob James, Marcos Valle, Eric Lewis, Manuel Valera, Rotem Sivan, Lage Lund. Il est invité sur des scènes internationales telles que les festivals de jazz de Montréal (Canada), Paraty (Brésil), Bakou (Azerbaidjan), Tallinn (Estonie), Belgrade (Serbie), Las Palmas (Espagne), et Paris. A New- York, il se produit dans des salles telles que le Carnegie Hall, le Lincoln Center, l’Apollo Theater et le Minton’s Playhouse.

En tant qu’accompagnateur, il enregistre plus d’une vingtaine d’albums, et en 2018, lance un projet en commun avec le saxophoniste Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, intitulé “These Times”.

En 2019, Raphaël enregistre son premier album en tant que leader, en quartet avec les géants du jazz Miguel Zenón (saxophone alto), Aaron Goldberg (piano) et François Moutin (contrebasse). L'album intitulé "Faune", produit par le label French Paradox, sort le 18 Septembre 2020. Il est élu "Révélation" par JazzMagazine. 

En 2020, Raphaël remporte la bourse French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) dans l'optique d'un nouvel enregistrement avec Miguel Zenón en 2021. 


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