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Berta Moreno

2016 Sidney Zolot (for excellence in music) and 2015 BMI/Evelyn Buckstein award winner, jazz saxophonist and composer Berta Moreno has become one of the most distintive voices on the tenor among her generation. Berta’s strong personality is reflected in her unique dark and warm sound on the tenor and she is often defined as a thoughtful and precise soloist who knows how to choose meaningful notes and statements.

She has been touring as a leader of her quartet/ quintet in Europe for over 3 years, being awarded 1st prize at Zoetermeer Jazz Competition and 2nd prize nominated by the audience at Leidse Jazz Competition in The Netherlands in 2013. ​ Berta has performed in some of the main jazz festivals around Europe, including NORTH SEA JAZZ Festival, and some of the main venues and theatres both in Europe and U.S. She has participated in TV and Radio programs, such as Omroep Zuidplas Radio, Virus 4 TV/radio program or RNE (National Radio of Spain), and appeared as a sideman on several CD's: "Síguelo" by Gerardo Rosales & Combo Mundial (Challenge Records), "Choros Limoneros" by Choros Limoneros (Thrilling Sound Productions) or "Blue Dahlia" by Dahlia Dumont. ​ After moving to New York in 2014 she started working on her new project as a band- leader, composer and producer: “Berta Moreno Quintet” In her brief time in New York, Berta released her debut album "Little Steps" (2017) featuring GRAMMY award winners and nominees Steve Wilson (sax), Troy Roberts (sax) and Manuel Valera (piano); playing with this project in venues such as Fat Cat, ShapeShifter Lab, Club Bonafide... in New York, as well as touring in Europe "solding out" in legendary clubs like Bogui Jazz, Clamores or Jimmy Glass in Spain. At the same time she is playing with many different bands and projects in the City, and working as well as a Teaching Artist for the GRAMMY winner Arturo O'Farrill "Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance"

Awards

New York 2016 - Sidney Zolot Award for excellence in Music New York 2015 - BMI Evelyn Buckstein Scholarship Netherlands 2014 - VDB Stichting Scholarship Netherlands 2013- 1st Prize Zoetemeer Jazz Competition Netherlands 2013- 2nd Prize Audience Nomination Leidse Spain 2008 and 2009 - AIE Scholarship


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"Berta Moreno has the sound of wisdom, the warmth of spiritualness, and the sparkle of imagination." -Steve Wilson – GRAMMY Award Winning Saxophonist/composer

​ ​"Berta Moreno - an expressive and highly engaging fresh voice on the scene as both a tenor saxophonist and composer." -Mike Holober- Pianist, composer/arranger, Artistic Director/Conductor of the Westchester Jazz Orchestra (WJO) and Associate Guest Conductor of the HR Big Band

"Berta Moreno is one of the best representatives outside our country of the fashionable 'Marca España', naturally in what she loves and dominates: jazz." -Emilio Martínez – DIARIO CRÍTICO- (Jan 7th 2016) http://bit.ly/2k7nINl

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor

Location

New York City

Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Bird Language

Simona Smirnova Music
2022

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Tumaini

Tiger Turn Records
2021

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Little Steps

Self Produced
2017

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