RAFAEL GARCÉS (SAXOPHONE-PIANIST AND COMPOSER)
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(Saxophonist, pianist of jazz, professor and composer)

 Styles: Jazz, Classic, Hard-Bop, Blues, New-Jazz, Cool Jazz, Afrocuban Jazz, Inspirational music..

Born in Havana (Cuba) with Spanish nationality and his mother being a Professor for classical Piano,together with his brother he began his musical training at a very young age.

He graduates at the national conservatory of music in Havana (ENA) in 1987, being taught by a variety of globally known masters in Jazz and classical music.

At the age of 17 he wins the 1. price at the classical competition for saxophonists "Amadeo Roldán" -  (Santiago de Cuba 1987).  

Later on he is asked to join the Jazz band IREME and with them he participates in 2 editions of the international Jazz festival "Jazz Plaza de la Habana" organized by Arturo Sandoval. In one of them accompanying the famous singer Maggie Carlés. There he meets grand interpreters of this gender like: Felipe Dulzaides, Chucho Valdés, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Opus 13,  Dave Valentín, Dizzy Gillespie, among others…

In 1992 he becomes musical director and pianist for the most exponent singer of the Cuban feeling "Omara Portuondo". With her he goes on international tours and participates on various international music festivals, like the international festival of Bolero in Havana 1992 and the international guitar festival in Cordoba (Spain) 1994.

Since then he has been part of concerts and recordings of many Spanish artists, of which some highlights are the following: Alameda (20 Anniversary), Xerez Sherry Jerez La Macanita de Jerez produced by Ricardo Pachón, David Peña Dorantes (Flamenco Piano with the show “Hasta el andar”) in the  teatro Lope de Vega of Seville, Esperanza Fernández (Singer) at the flamenco festival in Düsseldorf and the international festival of music and dance in Granada , Piano con Duende of the biennial of  flamenco in Seville together with the pianist Ricardo Miño, festival de la Guitare (Astaffort-France) with the Flamenco guitar player Paco Fernández where he coincides on the same stages with guitar players like Scott Henderson (USA), Adrian Legg (France) and Gigi Cifarelli (Italy) .

His personal project ‘’Aborigen’’ is price winner at the international competition for interpreters of Jazz at the international Jazz festival of Granada 2002

Two shows in the nights of the "Reales Alcázar" one individual, which he called “Cubania”, and another one together with the sevillan singer Carmen CanoDe Sevilla a la Habana” with her he carries out tours and shows in Europe and America.

Collaboration on recordings and concerts of the drummer Xavi Reija in two of his projects ‘’Dream Land’’ and ‘’Rithual’’ participating at the international Jazz festival (Madrid) 2008, jazz festival Lugo, jazz festival Munijazz (Rioja) and shows in the "Jamboree Jazz Club" (Barcelona).

Together with the Spanish singer Miguel Ríos in the program "Buenas noches bienvenidos" channel 2 Andalucía 2007.

Saxophone player at the mythical "café concierto Teatro Pereyra" together with the Dutch producer and pianist Eric Jan Harmsen  (Ibiza)..

 

DISCOGRAPHY AND COLABORATIONS:

Live recording of the  20th anniversary concert with the mythical  Andalusian band ‘’Alameda’’ Casa Colón (Huelva) 1999 seal: Picap.

 

Album:  Jerez, Xeres, Sherry of the flamenco singer La Macanita (seal: Nuevos Medios 1998) producer Ricardo Pachón ex producer of the famous flamenco singer Camarón de la Isla.

 

Recording of the album ‘’Aborigen’’ Pice winner at the international jazz festival Granada 2002.

 

Producer and arranger of the album ‘’Diálogos ’’ Artist Carmen Cano 2006 (seal: C&G Productions).

 

Album: Dream Land with Xavi Reija Electric Quintet (2006) seal: Batiendo Records, collaboration as saxophonist.

 

Album: La Fuerza de la Voluntad of the singer David de María (seal: Warner) 2007 saxophone solo in the song "El perfume de la soledad".

 

Album: ‘’Rithual’’ with Xavi Reija Electric Quintet (2008) seal: Indi Records collaboration as saxophonist.

 

Album with the Dutch producer and pianist Eric Jan Harmsen ‘’Harmsen & Garcés’’ 52 Min 52 Sec (2011) seal: Teatro Pereyra.

 

Producer and arranger of the album  ‘’Sui Generis’’ of the singer Carmen Cano (2013) seal: C&G Productions.

 

Soundtrack ‘’Silencio’’ with the singer Carmen Cano for the short film ‘’Las Flores del Mal’’ awarded in the national competition for short films of the culture ministry of Peru – Di 2013,  presented and awarded at  the film festival of Montreal (Canada), award for best debut in short film 2013, Lima-Peru, Cannes Short Film Corner 2013 (Film director María José Moreno) Casa Luz Films 2013.

 

Collaboration for the album ‘’Dream Come True’’ of the bass player Pablo Zapata  2013.

 

Album ''Next Station'' Rafael Garcés Composer for Quadrant Produccions  2016.

 

 

AWARDS AND MENTIONS:  

 

1º Price at the national competition for saxophone players Amadeo Roldán (1987) Santiago de Cuba.

 

International award for interpreters of jazz Granada 2002 granted by the international jazz festival in Granada, for the concert which was performed at the Teatro Alhambra of the above mentioned city.

 

Plaque of the cámara municipal de Lagos (Portugal) in recognition of the performance at the jazz festival (2003).

 

Saxophonist Endorser in the convention of music stores Adagio S.A which took place at the hotel "Renacimiento" in Seville (Spain)

 

Member of North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA).

 

Master Classes of jazz and improvisation at the conservatorio de Reus (Tarragona)

 

CONCERTS AND PERFORMANCES:

 

20th anniversary of the artistic life of the singer Maggie CarlesTeatro Karl Marx (Habana-Cuba 1987).

 

Global festival of youth and students with the singer Maggie Carles (1989) Teatro de las Artes de Pyongyang (North Korea).

 

Concert of the world tour "espectáculo Tropicana" with Maggie Carles at Teatro Simón Bolívar (Quito-Ecuador) 1990.

 

International jazz festival "plaza de la Habana" (1991) withMaggie Carles where among others Dizzie GuillespieArturo SandovalDave Valentín participate.

 

International festival of boleros with the most representative singer of the "feeling cubano" Omara Portuondo (Teatro Nacional de la Habana) 1992.

 

Musical director and pianist of the international tour to Spain with the singer Omara Portuondo concert sala caracol (1994) with an article in the news paper El País and advertised in the television program of 1TVE.

 

International guitar festival (Córdoba. Spain) with the singerOmara Portuondo (1994).

 

II jazz festival of the city of Morón (Seville) with the project directed by himself Mestizo Latín Jazz.

 

Concert at the 20th anniversary of the Andalusian band Alamedaat the  auditorium Casa colón de Huelva (1998).

 

Guitar festival in Astaffort-France with the flamenco guitaristPaco Fernández sharing the same stage with guitarists like Scott HendersonGigi Cifarelli (ITALY), Adrian Legg (France) 2001.

 

Spring jazz festival with the Aborigen Quartet  (Villamartin-Cadiz) 2001.

 

Concert at the international awards for interpreters of jazz Granada 2002 at the "teatro Alhambra" with the band Aborigendirected by Rafael Garcés with collaboration of the bass playerPablo Zapata.

 

XVII jazz festival Lugo (Santiago de Compostela-Spain) with Xavi Reija Electric Quartet (Sala Clavicémbalo) 2007 guest artist John Scofield .

 

International jazz festival Madrid (Spain) 2008 with Xavi Reija Electric Quintet taking place at "Sala Clamores" launching the CD Rithual.

 

Jazz festival Munijazz (Rioja) 2008 with Xavi Reija Quartet.

 

Concerts at the Teatro Pereyra (Ibiza-Spain)

 

Concert Carmen Cano + Rafael Garcés at the teatro can ventosa (Ibiza) with the show ‘’CANTO A LOS CLÁSICOS CUBANOS’’2009.

 

Concert Carmen Cano + Rafael Garcés Quartet at the jazz clubJamboree (Barcelona - 2009).

 

CD launching Rithual Xavi Reija Quintet in the jazz club Jamboree (Barcelona) 2009.

 

Concert Carmen Cano + Rafael Garcés Quartet at the concert hall Clasijazz (Almería) may 2010.

 

Concert Carmen Cano + Rafael Garcés at the literature awards of the Apolo and Baco association in Pabellón Marroco (La Cartuja-Sevilla) 2010.

 

Invited on the piano by one of the most important flamenco singers Esperanza Fernández at the 63. edition of the international festival of music and dance of Granada .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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