Sebastian Santa Maria

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Sebastian Santa Maria
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Background information
Born 1959 (1959)
Santiago, Chile
Died 1996 (1997) (aged 37)
Lausanne, Switzerland
Genres Soft Rock
Jazz
Associated acts The Zombies
Notable instruments
piano, keyboard, guitar

Sebastian Santa Maria (1959–1996) was a Chilean-Swiss musician. He was born in 1959 in Santiago, Chile, but settled in Lausanne, Switzerland at age 17.

He played the piano in several clubs in Lausanne until beginning a fertile career as a composer, composing a number of songs including some made for Catherine Lara, Bernard Lavilliers, for Viktor Lazlo's album My Delicious Poisons and Isabelle Adjani.

Beside these composer activities, he also played numerous piano duet jazz concerts with François Lindemann, and a few years later he founded with Lindemann a unique group of seven Steinways called Piano Seven.

He also participated on the reincarnation of British band The Zombies, playing on their 1991 album, New World. As a solo artist, he released a few singles and one full-length album (Latino, 1994). A second album, Corpus, was released posthumously in 1997.

Santa Maria died of adrenoleukodystrophy in 1996 in Lausanne.

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