Naïm Amor is a french born, Tucson Arizona based musician and composer.

Shortly after moving to Tucson from Paris in 1997, Naïm formed the “experimental avant pop” AMOR BELHOM DUO with drummer Thomas Belhom. They put out two albums on Carrot Top Records.

Naïm then began to collaborate and record with Joey Burns and John Convertino of Calexico. Together, they put out the album “Tete A Tete” under the name of ABBC (Amor, Belhom, Burns, Convertino).

Soon after Naïm enlisted the producing skills of John Parish for his first album, “Mistake Love” in 2004.

In 2005 he recorded “Sanguine”, an album produced by Joey Burns of Calexico and briefly released on Universal/Atmosphérique in France, now on german label Le Pop for Europe.

Naïm’s most recent album “Dansons” was released in May 2012 on British label Vacilando 68 and in Japan through Sweet Dreams Press.

An ongoing project for Naïm is a series of instrumental albums called Soundtracks (not to be confused with his soundtracks for film). Volume I was released in 2000 and the most recent, Volume IV was released in 2011.

Naïm also composes original scores for film. In 2011 he did the score for the PBS documentary “Precious Knowledge” and in 2012 the documentary “I Learn America”. Naïm also composes the music for a series of short films directed by Ira Chute for the website Dark Rye, produced by Whole Foods.

PITCHORK described Naïm’s music in these words:

“Naïm Amor is a Frenchman among the saguaros of Tucson. Since moving there with his wife Marianne Dissard in 1997, Amor has had a hand in numerous projects, including the Amor Belhom Duo and a collaboration with Giant Sand, as well as several instrumental and vocal albums as a solo artist. For Sanguine, his latest vocal album, he enlisted locals Calexico as his backing band– with Joey Burns as producer– to further cross-pollinate French pop with dusty Southwestern sounds. On the understated “Precious Second”, Calexico’s brushed snare and roomy bass create a sparse desert backdrop for Amor’s hushed vocals and guitar pirouettes, so that the song floats pensively in the dry Franco-Arizonan air.”


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Dansons

Released 15 May 2012

Naïm Amor (vocals, guitars, strings arrangements) Matt Mitchell (acc guitar), Thøger Lund (upright bass), Arthur Vint (drums, percussions), Marco Rosano (accordion), Emilie Marchand (vocals on *), Christian Ravaglioli (oboe), John Convertino (thunder drum), Howe Gelb (Wurlitzer electric piano). Mastered by Jim Blackwood. Thanks to Joey Burns for his prospective and advices in the mixing process.


Sanguine

Released 01 October 2007

PITCHORK: "On the understated "Precious Second", Calexico's brushed snare and roomy bass create a sparse desert backdrop for Amor's hushed vocals and guitar pirouettes, so that the song floats pensively in the dry Franco-Arizonan air."


Exsanguine

Released 01 January 2005

This album was originally released on vinyl (we still have copies available), it is an overall "jazz" take on some on songs taken from album the Sanguine and Soundtracks (vol I), plus some exclusive tracks like Sketch composed and recorded with Joey Burns.


Soundtracks Vol. IV

Released 01 August 2011

Fourth volume of the Soundtracks series, the new Soundtracks vol IV features the original score of award winning documentary motion picture film “Precious Knowledge”. The film is about the struggle of the students fighting against the banning of the Ethnic Studies program in the department of the Tucson Unified School District. The music here has a deliberate non literal approach as the Ethnic Studies program promotes the learning of ancient culture backgrounds only to create a new world, a new culture. Reading the past to reconcile with the present and embrace the future is really the message that the music here was meant to “illustrate”.




Soundtracks Vol. III

Released 01 March 2009

Imaginary soundtracks for films that never existed but in your daydreams. Third installment in the series.




Soundtracks Vol. II

Released 01 January 2003

Imaginary soundtracks for films that never existed but in your daydreams. Second installment in the series.




Soundtracks Vol. I

Released 01 October 2001

Imaginary soundtracks for films that never existed but in your daydreams. First of the series.




"Fäviken" for Darkrye.com

"What the Tree Remembers, the Axe Forgets" for Darkrye.com

"I Learn America" (trailer). Documentary film by Jean Michel Dissard and Gitte Peng.

Mike Kus takes pictures with his cell phone. Mike is one of the most followed non-celebrity, non-professional, non-corporate Instagram users.

Directed by Ira Chute

Musical score for The Last Supper documentary video. Julie Green creates a series of ceramic plates illustrating final meal requests in the United States. She’s painted 500 plates so far, and adds more each year. She’ll continue painting these plates until capital punishment is no longer. It’s art-making as question-asking.

Directed by Ira Chute for Dark Rye productions (Whole Foods)

Musical score for video about Gerry Leary. He began his life with lack of sight but an abundance of curiosity. He doesn’t just get by either. He has become a craftsman, an entrepreneur, and a destination for the most particular coffee drinkers in Boulder, Colorado. There are other ways to take in our world other than sight alone.

Directed by Ira Chute for Dark Rye productions (Whole Foods)

Musical score for an innitiative to help drive awareness about the endangered honey bee populations, the problems associated with it, and what you can do to help.

Directed by Ira Chute for Whole Foods

Film score for Precious Knowledge, a movie that illustrates what motivated Tucson High School students and teachers to form the front line of an epic civil rights battle.

Directed by Ari Palos

Moto

Precious Second

Directed by Eric Tu

On Se Tient (Live at the Carlone's)

Directed by Chris Carlone

Viré De l'ORTF

Directed by Naïm Amor

Tap Room

Directed by Naïm Amor

The Ballad of Gabrielle

Directed by Eric Tu

Klezmer Muzzak

Directed by Chris Carlone

Reminds Me Of a Song

Directed by Chris Carlone

Les Sortileges

Directed by Chris Carlone