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Selected biographies

Antón Jiménez (Madrid, Spain, 1975)

Flamenco guitarist and Composer


Flamenco guitarist and composer, from a family of the flamenco guitar greats such as Ramón Montoya and Mario Escudero. In 1989, Mario Escudero presented him in public as the new prodigy of flamenco guitar. He started his career accompanying the singer Diego "El Cigala" and the dancer Joaquín Cortés in the show "Cibayí". He toured in Europe, US and Japan with the show "Gypsy Passion", where he was the first guitarist of Joaquín Cortés' company. Together with Joaquín Cortés he participated in the movie "Flamenco" (Carlos Saura, 1995).

In 1995, he won the National Guitar Award Ciudad de Barcelona and he collaborated as invited guest of U2 at Barcelona's Palau de la Música. That year, he performed the "Romance Amargo" at the City Center (New York) alongside the great dancers Lola Greco, Marco Berriel and Joaquín Cortés. In 1997, he collaborated in Vanessa Mae's album "Storm", recorded in London.
He has composed music for the National Ballet of Spain, Rafael Amargo's company (Amargo), Lola Greco's company (Homenaje al Greco) and Rocío Molina (Homenaje a Manolo Soler). He is one of the five guitarist from the album "The New School of Flamenco Guitar" (2004, ACT Music), produced by Gerardo Núñez. In 2004, he published "Nueve Reinas", an album recorded between Madrid and Berlin.

Since 2008, he has toured as a soloist in Europe, America and the Middle East, playing in theaters such as Berlin Philharmonic theater, Havana's García Lorca theater and Nicaragua's Rubén Darío National Theater.   www.myspace.com/antonjimenez

Jerry González (New York, U.S., 1949)
Trumpet and Conga Player

 

One of the leading figures in the world of Latin Jazz, 6 times GRAMMY® nominated trumpeter/conguero Jerry González, is well known for collaborations with jazz giants and Latin music greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, McCoy Tyner and Jaco Pastorius and his participation in GRAMMY® awarded recordings such as "Unfinished Masterpiece" (Eddie Palmieri), "On Broadway" (Tito Puente), "Journey" (McCoy Tyner) and "The Turning Point" (McCoy Tyner), but it is as leader of "Jerry González and the Fort Apache Band" that his status as one of the music’s most innovative voices became widely recognized. The band, considered by the New York Times "The Best Latin Jazz band working", has been active for over three decades and  each of their 10 albums has represented another distinctive trail on the world music map. Some of their main albums have been "Rumba para Monk" (Album of the Year Award by French Academy of Jazz), "Crossroads", "Pensativo" and "Firedance" (all three GRAMMY® nominated). In 1995, 1996, 1998 and 1999, the band was awarded "Behond Group of the Year" by DownBeat Magazine. In 1997, Playboy named them "The Best Jazz Group" and the city of Carolina (Puerto Rico) gave González the honorary key to the city.

In 2000, the band participated in Fernando Trueba's critically acclaimed documentary “Calle 54” and, after that, González moved to Spain, where he became one of the pioneers of the fusion between Latin Jazz and flamenco with projects such as "Jerry González y los Piratas del Flameco" (Latin GRAMMY® Nominated 2004 and GRAMMY® Nominated 2005) and "Jerry González y El Comando de la Clave" (Latin GRAMMY® Nominated 2012) and collaborations with Spanish musicians such as Diego "El Cigala", Chano Domínguez, Niño Josele, Paco de Lucía, Javier Colina, Enrique Morente and the Spanish National Jazz Orchestra.  www.jerrygonzalezjazz.com

Lola Greco (Madrid, Spain)
Dancer

 

Lola Greco is the daughter of the mythic dancer José Greco and Lola de Ronda. She began her studies at the school of the Ballet Nacional de España (BNE) and became the Ballet’s youngest prima ballerina at the age of 19. Two years later, she left the BNE and began an international career in Paris, dancing van Hoecke’s "Salomé", and then went on to dance in I Vespri siciliani at La Scala in Milan and "La vida breve" at La Fenice in Venice. Among her greatest roles are José Granero’s "Medea", "Cuentos del Guadalquivir" and "La Gitanilla". Also, Felipe Sánchez’s "Los Tarantos", Antonio’s "El Sombrero de Tres Picos", Rafael Aguilar’s "Yerma" and "Rango". She also performed Héctor Zaraspe’s "El amor brujo" with Francisco Velasco at the Hollywood Bowl.
She has performed with Maya Plisetskaya and Sylvie Guillem. She also debuted "Cybayí" with Ricardo Cué’s company in the Theater of the Champs Elysees. She was prima ballerina in the companies of José Greco, Antonio Canales, Joaquín Cortés, Antonio "El Pipa". She was Carmen in Antonio Canales’ and Miguel Narros’ "Carmen Carmela" and then went on to create "Iberia" with pianist Rosa Torres Pardo to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Isaac Albéniz’s death. She choreographed the opera "La Traviata". In 2009, Greco returned to the BNE as Invited Guest Artist and then danced Miguel Narros’ Fedra and in 2012 as Medea.

In addition to giving many master classes in the US, Europe, and Asia, Lola Greco took time off from her engagements in 2003 and 2004, to be Visiting Professor at Millersville University of Pennsylvania’s Summer Spanish Graduate Institute. She received the "Best Dancer Prize” in Positano (Italy),  the "Premio Pilar López" and "Premio Cultura Viva", she was named “Miembro Excelente” of UNESCO and, in 2009, the Spanish Ministry of Culture gave her the National Dance Award  www.lolagreco.com

 

Jorge Pardo (Madrid, Spain, 1957)
Flutist and Saxophonist

 

One of the fathers of jazz-flamenco. He started his music studies in the Real Conservatorio de Madrid and he started playing with musicians such as Tete Montoliu, Lou Bennett, Pony Pointdexter and Peer Wyboris. Together with Pedro Ruy Blas he founded "Dolores", one of the most important and innovative bands from the 70's.

He met Paco de Lucía and they collaborated together in many recordings and world tours. At the same time, he met Camarón de la Isla and he recorded "La Leyenda del Tiempo" and  "Viviré". At Amor de Dios dance studios  he collaborated with a new generation of artists: the new flamencos.

Some of his albums are "Las cigarras son quizás sordas", "Veloz hacia su sino", "Diez de Paco", "Mira" (Spanish Music Academy Award for Best Jazz Album), the project "Vida en Catedrales" with Tomas San Miguel, “Zebra Coast” with Gil Goldstein, "Live in Montreaux" with Nana Caymi and Wagner Tiso and "Jazzpaña”. Since the early 90's he has had a trio with Carles Benavent and Tino di Geraldo. In 1995, he participated in the movie “Flamenco” from Carlos Saura.

In the early 2000's, he founded the trio D’3, recorded "Touchstone Tour" with Chick Corea, "Vientos Flamencos" and "Vientos Flamencos II". He participated on the album "Miles Español" produced by Bob Belden. In 2012 he released "Huellas", his latest album. In 2013, the French Academy of Jazz gave him the "Best European Musician of the Year" award.  www.jorgepardo.com

Raimundo Amador (Seville, Spain, 1959)
Flamenco-blues guitarist and singer

 

Flamenco-blues guitarist and singer with gypsy origin. His father taught him how to play the guitar when he was only 12 years old. He grew up surrounded by flamenco music on the streets where he learned about the greatest rock and blues artists that he always admired and tried to imitate without forgetting his flamenco style. He met Camarón de la Isla and Paco de Lucía at the tablao flamenco “Los Gitanillos”. He collaborated with Camarón in "La Leyenda del Tiempo", an album that marked a turning point in flamenco. Many people know him as the founder of legendary bands such as "Veneno" (1977), along with his brother Rafael and Kiko Veneno,  "Pata Negra" (1981) and "Arrajatabla". After "Pata Negra’s" dissolution, he started his solo career surrounded by musicians such as Antonio Carmona, Remedios Amaya, Enrique Morente, Lole and Manuel, Tomatito, Sorderita, Ketama, Kiko Veneno, Juan Perro, Andrés Calamaro and the master of blues, B.B. King, who collaborated with him in his first solo career album, "Gerundina" (1995). In 1997, he released his second album “En la esquina de las Vegas”, where he focused on the electric guitar. That year, he collaborated with the Icelander singer Björk, playing in her song "So Broken”. In 1998, he released the live album "Noches de Flamenco y Blues”, with artists such as Remedios Amaya, Kiko Veneno, Charo Manzano, B.B. King and Juan Perro. His latest albums have been “Un okupa en tu corazón” (2000), “Isla menor” (2003), “Mundo Amador” (2005) and “Medio hombre medio guitarra” (2013) In 2004, he toured in Spain with B.B. King. www.raimundoamador.com

 

 

Mariano Conde (Madrid, Spain, 1959)
Guitar luthier


Inheritor of the Conde dynasty of guitar makers, founded in Madrid in 1915 by Domingo Esteso in a workshop located at Calle Gravina 7. Now a days, Mariano Conde keeps his family legacy alive: building handy craft flamenco and classical guitars with century old techniques.

Many of the world's most remarkable guitarist play Conde guitars, mostly flamenco and classical guitarist but also rock and jazz players: Paco de Lucía, Sabicas, Melchor de Marchena, Lehonard Cohen, Al di Meola, Lenny Kravitz, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Enrique de Melchor, Rafael Riqueni...

www.marianoconde.com

Rafita Jiménez (Madrid, Spain, 1981)
Flamenco singer

 

Rafita Jiménez was born in a family of great flamenco artists such as Rafael Farina, Diego “El Cigala”, José Peñagrande, Pedro Jiménez "El Pili” and "El Chaleco”. From an early age, he showed a clear talent and love for music. In 1997, he started performing at the main flamenco tablaos in Madrid. Since then, he has performed with artists such as  Diego “El Cigala”, Javier Limón, Concha Buika, Wyclef Jean, los Porrina, Joaquín Cortés and Amós Lora.

He has participated in performances such as "Misa Flamenca" from Tito Losada's company (in México and Spain) and "Mi Soledad” from Joaquín Cortés' Company  (in Italy, France and Russia).

He was an invited guest of the National Ballet of Spain in the show "Leyenda". He has collaborated in albums such Diego El Cigala's  Latin GRAMMY® awarded "Picasso en mis ojos" and Javier Limón's "Son de Limón".

In 2008, he recorded "Sinelas Tú", his first solo album, produced by the GRAMMY® awarded producer Juan José Suárez "Paquete" with collaborations of musicians such as Diego "El Cigala", "El Piraña", Manuel Parrilla, Diego del Morao, Camarón de Pitita and Sergio Dalma.

 

Antonio Serrano (Madrid, Spain, 1974)
Harmonicist

 

His father started teaching him the harmonica by the age of 7 and later he went on to study with the great Larry Adler, who became Antonio's mentor. He first received international attention at the age of 13 when he performed in Paris as a duo with Larry Addler. When Antonio was 18 he performed the Malcolm Arnold Harmonica Concerto which was written specifically for the great master, Larry Addler. As a young adult, Antonio went on to study many other genres of music. After becoming known as an instrumentalist of virtuosic abilities, he would receive the call from Spain's most important instrumentalist of all time, the guitarist Paco de Lucía and he became famous for introducing the harmonica in flamenco music. Over the years, he has played and/or recorded with musicians such as Larry Adler, Toots Thielemans , Wynton Marsalis, Jerry Gonzalez, Chano Dominguez, Lou Bennett, Jorge Pardo, Vicente Amigo, Tomatito, Armando Manzanero, Luis Salinas and  Javier Colina. He has also played with the symphonic orchestras of Venezuela (Simón Bolivar), Belgium, Cologne, Heidelberg, Kiel and Turkish Radio amongst others. As a session musician, Antonio Serrano has recorded with most of the major pop and rock artists in Spain and as well as on the soundtracks to numerous films by the renowned Spanish film maker Pedro Almodovar. Antonio Serrano has released 7 albums, his most recent is “Harmonious” released in February 2013www.antonioserranoharmonious.com

Oleg Nehls (Severomorsk, Russia, 1957)
Accordionist and Composer


He studied in Severomorsk conservatory, in the Music School for Gifted Children at the St. Petersburg Academy and in Rimski-Korsakov Academy, where he was one of the first accordion students.

After finishing his studies, for eight years, he was a soloist in Irkutsk and Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Orchestras (Siberia) and later in Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. After that, he worked with the singing and dance ensemble of the Russian Red Army in former East Germany. Then, he went on to give concerts and teach music in Moscow.

Since 1995, he has worked and lived in Berlin where he has played with various groups, such as the trio "Petersburg", "Folkinger"and "Talisman".

His music mixes the Russian tradition with tango and waltz sounds. 

 

Javier Colina (Pamplona, Spain)
Double bass player

 

One of the references of double bass players in Europe. Inheritor of the expressive dynamism of Paul Chambers and pioneer in the use of double bass in flamenco music. In the early 1990's, he starts participating in jazz-flamenco projects. Together with Guillermo McGill he was part of Chano Domínguez's trio, with whom he participated in many festivals and in the Fernando Trueba's movie “Calle 54”. He has played with musicians such as George Cables, Hank Jones, Barry Harris, John Hicks, Louie Bellson, Gary Bartz, Jimmy Owens, Frank Lacy, Idris Muhammad, George Benson, Dizzy Gillespie, Houston Person, Tete Montoliú, “Tomatito”, Joaquín Cortés, Ketama, Carmen Linares, Enrique Morente, Miguel Bosé, Martirio, Toumani Diabaté, Jerry González, Carlos Núñez, Pancho Amat and  Compay Segundo.

After collaborating with  Juan Perro in the tour "Flamenca" and in the album "Raíces al viento", he records the album "Lágrimas Negras" with the Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés and the flamenco singer Diego "El Cigala", a project produced by Fernando Trueba. In 2004, the album won a Latin GRAMMY and  Javier Colina and Bebo Valdés performed for a week at the legendary New York club Village Vanguard. In 2007, he publishes  "Tete Montoliu & Javier Colina 1995", recorded in 1995. He also published "Si te contara" (his first solo album, recorded in Cuba) "Argelia Fragoso & Javier Colina Trío" and "Colina Miralta Sambeat". In 2009, he released  "Andando", and "Colina Serrano Project" with Antonio Serrano. In 2011, he released the Cuban boleros albums “En la imaginación" together with the singer Silvia Pérez Cruz. www.javiercolina.com

Miguel Blanco (Barcelona, Spain)
Composer, Arranger and Bass Player

 

He graduated in arranging from Berklee College of Music, Boston (USA). He has a long experience as an arranger, producer and conductor of various vocal bands, pop groups, big bands and symphony orchestras.

Always closely associated with Latin music, he has worked for Cuban artists such as Paquito D’Rivera, Omara Portuondo, Olga Guillot; New York musicians including Jerry González and Arturo O’Farrill and the Mexican Armando Manzanero. He has also worked with Spanish-speaking jazz and rock artists such as Miguel Ríos, Ariel Rot, M-Clan, La Unión, Pedro Iturralde, Pedro Ruy Blas, among others. He is an outstanding jazz composer, for various years he has led the Latin jazz septet "La Calle Caliente", with whom he recorded three albums. He currently composes and arrangers his own music with the Afrodisian Orchestra, with whom he has recorded three albums: "Jerry González: Music for Big Band" (2006), “Mediterraciones” (2009) and "Satierismos" (2011).

He has been awarded various prizes as a composer, including twice the "Premio de Composición de Jazz de España" (1992 and 1995) and the third "Premio de Composición de Jazz Iberoamérica" (Havana, 1998). He has other international prizes (Florence, Chicago, Boston).

During the mid 1990s he began teaching at the Escuela de Música Creativa, where he presently takes the subject Advanced Aural Training. He is also teaches jazz arranging at the Conservatorio Superior del País Vasco (Musikene).

Tom Auffarth (Germany)
Bass Player and Arranger

 

www.tomauffarth.de

Luis Guerra (Santa Clara, Cuba, 1983)
Pianist

 

Luis Guerra is one of the most outstanding Cuban pianists of his generation. He started his music studies at the age of 10 at the Escuela Vocacional de Arte Olga Alonso. At the age of 15, he started his studies at the Escuela Nacional de Arte (ENA) in Havana, where he obtained the best grades.

While still living in Cuba, he played with artists such as Mayra Caridad Valdés and David Murray among others.

He moved to Canada where he worked with Jane Bunnett, Filo Machado, Roberto Occhipinti and Nathaniel Dett Chorale.

In 2010, he moved to Spain where we quickly became one of the most demanded pianists of the jazz scene and where he has played and recorded with musicians such as Roman Filiú, Alain Pérez, Antonio Serrano, María Toledo, Diego Guerrero, Virginia Oliveira, Pedro Ruiz Blas and Patax among many others. In 2012, he transcribed the orignal arrangements of Benny Moré's music and started performing those arrangements with Alain Pérez on voice and the CMQ Big Band, an orchestra of 16 great Cuban and Spanish musicians directed by Luis Guerra.

He has performed in International Festivals such as the Vancouver Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival and Otawa International Jazz Festival.

In recognition of his talent, Luis was given the Toronto Arts Council Grant and the Canada Arts Council Grant.

Fernando Favier (Guantánamo, Cuba, 1968)
Percussionist


Fernando Favier comes from a family of musicians and has been involved in music since age 9.

He completed his musical studies at the Escuela de Música "Regino Boti (1979-1983) in Guantánamo, at the Escuela Nacional de Artes ENA (1983-1989) in Havana, and at the Instituto Superior de Artes ISA (1989-1995), where he graduated with a degree in Music with a specialization in Percussion (Instructor and Instrumentalist).

In 1998, he moved to Spain, where he has become one of the most talented musicians of his specialties (drums - percussion), especially in the areas of Latin-Jazz and Flamenco. He has recorded and toured with renowned artists such as Joaquín Cortés, Alejandro Sanz, Niña Pastori, Antonio Canales, Antonio Carmona and Concha Buika.

In his curriculum are countless jobs as a session musician, as well as recordings for TV and films in Cuba, in Spain and the U.S.  One of his latest cinema collaboration has been in Pedro Almodovar's movie "The Skin I Live in". He created and developed the percussion instrument drumbacaja.

 

Triana Cortés (Barcelona, Spain, 1990)
Flamenco Dancer

 

Daughter of the guitarist Miguel Cortes and the dancer "La Salinera", grandaughter of the dancer "El Sali" and descendant of the legendary guitarist Agustín Castellón "Sabicas".

He mother started teaching her flamenco dance at the age of 4 and she learns observing the dance of great names of flamenco dance such as  Tío Farruco, Carmen Amaya and Joaquín Grilo. Aged 5, she started performing in Tenerife with a children group. Aged 12, she started her professional career dancing with her family's dance company, "Compañía Sánchez Cortés" and performing with them in festivals in Tenerife, Bilbao, Malaga, Granada, UK, Switzerland, Germany, Morocco and France and theaters such as Tenerife's  "El Sauzal" auditorium, Bilbao's "Palacio Euskalduna".

Aged 15, she won Perfoming Arts Award in the TV show Veo Veo and aged 19 she won the dance award "Jóvenes Promesas". In 2010, she performed at the Maailmantango Festival in Finland.

Now a days, she directs her own dance company, with musical direction of her brother Israel Cortés.

www.trianacortes.com

Full cast

Antón Jiménez  flamenco guitar

Jerry González trumpet and conga player

Lola Greco dancer

Raimundo Amador  flamenco-blues guitarist

Jorge Pardo flutist

Rafita Jiménez flamenco singer

Oleg Nehls accordionist

Antonio Serrano harmonicist

Mariano Conde guitar maker

Javier Colina contrabass player

Fernando Favier drummer and percussionist

Tom Auffarth bass player

Luis Guerra pianist

Miguel Blanco big band conductor

Alain Pérez big band bass player

Javier Massó "Caramelo"big band pianist

Georvis Pico big band drummer

Fernando Hurtado big band trumpetist I

Antonio Molina big band trumpetist II

Norman Hogue big band trombonist I

Santiago Cañada big band trombonist II

Luis Verde big band alto saxophonist

Ariel Brínguez  big band tenor saxophonist

Kevin Robb big band clarinetist and tenor saxophonist

Rafa Serrano big band baritone saxophonist

Rafael Águila big band flautist

Pájaro Juárez big band electric guitar

Juan Viera big band percussionist

Lucky Losada percussionist

Triana Cortés flamenco dancer

Pedro Giménez elder man

Vicente Sureo "Morito" percussionist

Compañía Danzares dance

Alfonso Losa flamenco dancer

Kelian Jiménez flamenco dancer

Niko Meinhold arranger, pianist and melodica player

Jacob Sureda pianist

David Moreira violinist

Bernardo Parrilla violinist

Nantha Kumar tabla player

Juan Fernández "Panky" palmero

Miguel Ángel Bautista palmero

Miguel Ángel Fernández palmero

Ramón Vázquez bass player

Adrián Jiménez boy

Gabriela Giménez Palacio girl

Juan Jiménez younger boy

Gabriel Amador boy singing

Daniel Amador boy

Cipriano Morón seller of guitars