Fred Sumi, bassist-composer-producer and teacher, was born in Geneva in 1974.
He starts the electric bass at the age of 16. From 1994 to 1998 he attended jazz-improvisation workshops at the AMR (Association for Encouragement of Improvised Music, Geneva) with Professor Maurice MAGNONI and also workshops of Big Band. He studied at the EJMA (School of Jazz and Modern Music) in professional class with Professor Pierre Angelo CRESCENZIO. He also attended bass lessons in Havana (Cuba).
Since then, he has been influenced by Cuban music and has developed a bass style that combines funk, jazz, soul and Cuban timba.
Today, Fred Sumi plays the electric bass in formations with various styles. He has played with the bands Anabaena (jazz-ethno), Maciré Sylla (African music), Stevans (pop-rock), Thaïs Diarra (afro-soul), Professor Wouassa (afrobeat) and participated in the Kulturprozent Migros tour. (jazz).
In 1998, he began to compose his own music by producing Hip Hop music. In 1999, he and his brother formed the SUMO band and the Chiz Records label. He composes and produces the music of five Sumo albums as well as eight maxi-vinyls.
His compositions are characterized by a mixture of electronic sounds, organic instruments and rhythms with different influences. They were hailed by the press (Les Inrocks, Trax) and playlisted by radio stations (Nova, BBC).
These tracks have been selected on international compilations (Fashion TV, House of Yo) alongside international artists (Moby) and mixed by renowned Dj's (Gilles Peterson, Laurent Garnier).
Fred Sumi played in the first part of Gotan Project and Faithless and has performed in Switzerland and abroad (France, England, United States, Cuba, Chile).