another cellist: the one and only Martín Meléndez! by Toni Ricart

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This morning I had the honor of portraying Martín Meléndez, one of my favorite jazz cellists.

From Cuban parents he was born in Moscow in September 1982. From an early age he began his music studies in the specialty of cello in Havana, Cuba, at the Conservatorio Amadeo Roldan and later at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA). Used to improvise, his musical tastes takes inspiration from Jazz, Cuban Music, Funk, and later Flamenco, developing his own and fascinating style, taking the violoncello towards a new language.

He currently lives in Barcelona where he is a member of the Aupa Quartet, the Carlos Saura’s company Flamenco Hoy and also has participated for 7 years in the show Opera y Flamenco (Rafael Amargo). He has collaborated in recordings and shared stage with artists such as: Pablo Milanés, Chano Dominguez, Macaco, Dorantes, Renuad Garcia-Fons, Yusa, Descemer Bueno, Antonio Rey, Kiko Veneno, Ernesto Aurignac, Reynald Colom, Kinan Azmeh among others, playing in many parts of the world, Canada, Australia, Chile, Turkey, Russia, China, Argentina, Germany, to name a few.

new musician portrait: Magalí Datzira by Toni Ricart

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I shot Magalí’s portrait this morning at her Barcelona apartment, while outside in the street a heavy rain was falling.
Magalí is a wonderful jazz singer and double bass player.
That’s what jazz musician and conductor Joan Chamorro says about her:
It is impossible to remain indifferent whilst listening to Magalí singing. Her voice is special, uniquely beautiful, and combines sweetness and character in a balanced way, instinctively, I would say. [...] She has a very particular way of approaching tempo and melodies, reading them in a special way and confronting a score as if compass bars did not exist”

new portrait: Anna Sanchez by Toni Ricart

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Anna Sanchez is trained in classical ballet, jazz, and contemporary techniques (Graham and Limon). Her style combines technique, expression, and changes in energy, creating a free and dynamic movement quality. In her work, a glance or small gesture is just as important as a difficult turn, a leap, or a fall to the ground.
From 1985 to 1990 she was artistic director of the Anna Sanchez Dance Company. Currently she directs the Inconnexa dance company, founded in 2002, and she has directed Varium dance school in Barcelona since 1987.
From 2000-2010 she was Artistic Director of the International Dance Festival “Dancing Sant Cugat”.

New musician portrait: Joan Chamorro by Toni Ricart

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Joan Chamorro (1962) is a Catalan musician. He studied classic saxophone at the Conservatori de Barcelona with Adolf Ventas. He obtained the title of Superior Degree at the Barcelona Music Workshop.

He has played with the Barcelona Taller de músics Big Band, in several European festivals. He also collaborates with the Big Band of Bellaterra, the John Dubuclet Big Band, the Big Band Jazz Terrassa, the Supercombo by Eladio Reinón- Tete Montoliu, the Radio Televisión Española Orchestra, as well as the Manhattan Transfer and Stevie Wonder ...

He has worked with different musicians: Slide Hampton, Tete Montoliu, Frank Foster, Gary Smulyan, Dick Oatts, Bebo Valdés, Ralf Lalama, Teddy Edwars, Frank Wess, Jessy Devis, Dennis Rowland, Josep Maria Farràs, Perico Sambeat, Lluis Vidal, Randy Brecker, Carmen Lundy, David Mengual, David Xirgu, Mike P. Mossman, John Mosca, Bart Van Lier, David Allen, Bobby Shew, Judy Niemack ... and many more.

He currently leads a quintet (Andrea Motis & Joan Chamorro Quintet) and is the founder and director of the Sant Andreu Jazz Band.

New musician portrait: Jordi Nico by Toni Ricart

I know my friend Nico since we were teenagers. We spent lots of adventures together. He also made me understand the beauty of jazz.
Nico is a great sax player and composer. His work with the Barcelona based group Tropopausa has been a reference in the experimental jazz of the 80s.
Today, he keeps playing better than ever, and he runs a successful company of royalty free music.