Francis Arnaud

Christopher Cross

Francis Arnaud

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About

Paiste Artist Since
October 2011

Nationality
France

Main Affiliation
Christopher Cross

Other Affiliations
Charles Aznavour
Chico Freeman
Mariana Ramos
Eddy Louiss
Dominique Fillon

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Biography

Based in Paris, Francis is an in demand creative drummer, incomparable in the fineness of his playing. Born in France in 1970, he started to study drums at age of 10, doing his first professional gigs at 14. From Jazz to world music, latin, jazz and pop music, he’s intensively travelling the world to perform in the nicest venues. He was for 8 years the drummer fort he french legend Charles Aznavour. Since 2016 he ist he drummer for Christopher Cross playing in Japan, South America, Australia, Europe and lot more to come… He played with Richard bona, Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, John Jorgensen, Ron Thal, Jean Félix Lalanne, Paul Personne, Olivier Kerourio, Eddy Louiss, Chico Freeman, Arturo Sandoval, Dominique Fillon, Larry Williams, I MURINI His collaborations includes also Frank McComb, Richard Galliano, Rob Mc Connel, Orlando Poleo, Roberto Fonseca, Lara Fabian, Michel Fugain, Marc Berthoumieux, SANSVERINO He endorses REMO Drumheads, PAISTE Cymbals, VIC FURTH drumsticks and GRETSCH drums. Since 1988, he’s played various styles of music from Jazz to World Music touring with Rob McConnel, Cheik Tidiane Seck, Chic Hot, Orlando Poleo, Roberto Fonseca and Arturo Sandoval. Francis Arnaud performed on recordings Cheick Tidiane Seck “MandinGroove”, Alvaro Bello “Y que paso”, Line Kruse “Dream”, Mariana Ramos “Suavi dança”. His discography also includes works with Renaud Papillon Paravel, Sylvain Del Campo, Dan Kamit and Tipari.

Setup Cymbals

  • Details

    Sizes: 14", 15"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Rich, warm, lush, deep. Wide range, complex mix. Giving and responsive feel. Broad, warm open sound. Compact, lush chick sound. Extremely versatile hi-hat, perfectly suited for dynamic, articulated playing in a wide range of styles. “They are just chunky enough, but not overpowering. They are a little more chocolaty than the classic 602s”, describes Vinnie Colaiuta.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 20", 22"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark, warm, smoky, breathy. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft feel with a quick response. Very well crashable. Controllable, peppery stick sound over a dark layered oriental, smoky wash. A ride cymbal that can easily be used in a small jazz club setting and flourish in other styles such as blues or country music.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 20", 22"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark, trashy, papery, low. Wide range, complex and moody mix. Soft and buttery feel with a very wobbly and vibrant response. Fairly defined stick sound over a dark and cloudy wash. Perfectly suited for quieter musical settings such as blues, jazz and acoustic styles. Very user-friendly for percussive use and classical mallet application.

  • Sounds