1992-93 begin Franck Avitabile's studies of computer science in the Ecole Normale Superieure of Lyon. Training in the IRCAM to make a simulation compositionnelle to reconstitute an extract of a work of contemporary music by using the riddles of Iannis Xenakis.
1994 golden medal unanimously with congratulations on the jury of the CNR of Lyon. Subsidized in the big band jazz competition of Rives de Giers Festival with a duet drum/piano ! 1995 End his three years of studies in the E.N.S of Lyon. His report of master concerns the online recognition of serie parallel graph. 1996 Holder of a Ph. D. scholarship in discreet mathematics and also admitted in Berklee School of Music of Boston, Franck prefers to continue its studies to the Superior National Music Conservatoire of Paris in jazz class.
Decide then to dedicate completely to the music. First pianist of the Collective Mu de Mâcon, so occurs to the Crescent Jazz Club solo, trio and quintet. Their concert to the festival of Jazz of Dijon receives a rather enthusiastic reception to empty of their public four other scenes of the festival... Very attracted by the music of Bud Powell suite to a stage of three months in New York for its training of the second year to the E.N.S. Lyon (summer, 1994), recorded a first tribute to the boss of the piano bebop, in trio with Patric Maradan and Cédric Perrot. Fifty copies will be burnt at Cryo Interactive thanks to the friendly complicity of a friend developer of video games...
Gain the First prize of Vanves Piano Jazz National Competition chaired by Martial Solal and whose reward is the realization of a CD. Lumieres, pulled in one thousand copies, allows to concretize the meeting with the double bassist Louis Petrucciani (brother of Michel) and the drummer Thomas Grimmonprez.
Martial Solal writes about this first album: " one of the brightest among the brightest, here is Franck Avitabile, pianist and composer in the very personal initiative, having totally likened the language of the contemporary jazz and the jazz of always. I guarantee that we shall hear about it ". 1997 Participates in the project of Riccardo Del Fra beside François Jeanneau, Benjamin Henocq and of a chord orchestra. Three concerts take place, notably within the framework of the festival of Jazz of the Defence.
Live France in the emission "The surprises of Martial Solal" occurs for the first concert at Radio France (France Musique). Jazzman dedicates his April Magazine to new talents. Pascal Anquetil writes: "more than of the already well asserted technique, Franck Avitabile has some music in him. Intense and personal. It does not get every day. This album is the proof ". Expressing himself about its influences, Franck explains then: " in the way of conceiving the trio of jazz, it is difficult to deny the influence of Bill Evans, so strong and evident as she acts on number of meetings. However, my initiative consists, from the music arisen from the various trainings of Bud Powell, in developing it in another direction than those taken by the pianists who succeeded him such hard boppers Tommy Flanagan, Wynton Kelly or Red Garland.
The notion of fragility (" to play on the knife edge ") got lost to my opinion in the trio. The emotion which arises from this fragility is nevertheless powerful. We find this fragility at the trumpeter Kenny Dorham, to whom I dedicated "Kenny", or still with Miles Davis, period "Kind of Blue". Also at Thelonious Monk, where this emotion is even comparable to the urgency.
The music is constantly stretched out towards its paroxysm. The tension in the music is a fundamental element. It is also connected to the risk-taking, the idea very expensive to Martial Solal, idea which I share." Louis makes listen to to his brother Michel Petrucciani on his car radio a bad copy K7 of Lumieres album.
This last one, enthusiast, decides then to produce his next disk and convinces Francis Dreyfus to sign him. 1998 In Tradition is recorded in January, and goes out in September. The idea consists for the main part of compositions little known by Bud Powell. Franck finds then his two reference double bassists players Riccardo Del Fra and Louis Petrucciani, and accompanied on drums by the Italian pianist Luigi Bonafede. Michel Petrucciani, precious and attentive artistic director, organizes and controls all the sessions.
Franck makes the cover of the magazine Blablah Théma within the framework of the Young operation Talent Fnac, as well as that of JazzNotes Magazine. In Tradition is album of the month on FIP Radio, so obtaining a broadcasting on all the radio channels of Radio France. It exceeds five thousand sales in three months and obtains Django of Gold French Hope for a First Album in April, 1999.
During the ceremony, Franck intones his own composition Troisgros, in homage to the big traditional cooking of the famous restaurant owner multi-studed at Roanne, what will show itself afterward the point of departure of a beautiful story of mutual respect.