Born in Lyon, France,
Franck started studying guitar at age thirteen. As a
teenager he played in a Bluegrass band and toured in
France, Germany and Ireland. He also played folk guitar
in the tradition of John Renbourn and Pierre Bensusan.
In 1984 Franck studied with Michel Perez at the Jazz
School AIMRA in Lyon. He joined Michel Perez' "Guitar
Big Band" 1985.
Franck moved to Los Angeles in 1987 to study at the
Guitar Institute (G.I.T.) in Hollywood and studied with
Joe Diorio, Scott Henderson and Allan Hinds.
In 1988 he joined Afro-Beat pioneer Fidel Bateke's (1st
Tenor Sax with Fela Kuti) group "Bateke Beat" and
performed with him in California for 3 years.
Franck started his own band "SAVWA" which featured,
among others, Ravi Coltrane - sax, Andre Manga - bass
(Manu Dibango, Josh Groban), Carl Young - sax / bass
(Spearhead), Sharlotte Gibson - vocals (Chaka Khan,
American Idol background singer) ... Savwa performed
widely in LA clubs for the next four years.
He has also played with many African bands including
Sugumugu, Eugene de Coque, Mamadou & Bineta, and
Franck has recorded or performed with Toni Childs,
Steven Brown (Tuxedo Moon), Ricardo Lemvo, Toulouse
He is now a producer and arranger for
where he has worked
with Brian Auger, Remi Kabaka (Rolling Stones, Paul
McCartney), Randall Willis (B Sharp), Steve Ngondo
(Tabu Ley Rochereau) and Marcel Adjibi (Manu
Dibango, John Densmore) among others...
TEA is a musical and production duo
that is exploring global beat music and mixed
language melodic pop tunes. Listen to the
TEA CD at myspace.com/teaproductions.