Algerian Jew originally from the Mediterranean port of Oran. Born in 1928, Maurice El Médioni is a self-taught pianist. In his 69 years of playing he has gained an international stature he would never have dreamed of in his youth. During the War Médioni allied classic Algerian and French songs with Latino and boogie-woogie numbers he learnt from the visiting American soldiers. He introduced piano into raï music, before crossing the Mediterranean and settling down in Marseille. He has since brought out two albums and is considered the creator of a style he calls “pianOriental”.