Rafael Garcés (Saxophonist, Jazz Pianist and Composer)
(Saxophonist, pianist of jazz, professor and composer)
Styles: (Classic, Jazz, Hard-Bop, Blues, New-jazz, Cool
Jazz, Afrocuban Jazz, Cuban Jazz)
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 2014, 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 Cano “De 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
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.
De María a María con su Dolores (2003) for MUXXIC RECORDS S.A
artist María Jiménez (solo on Tenor Saxophone in Va Vene Cosi).
María del Monte (Un Chaparrón, Chaparrón) 2005 (arrangement of
brass) SUM Records.
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
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
Collaboration for the album ‘’Dream Come True’’ of the bass player
Pablo Zapata 2013.
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
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).illa-España Hotel Renacimiento (Isla de la
CONCERTS AND PERFORMANCES:
20th anniversary of the artistic life of the singer Maggie Carles
Teatro 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) with
Maggie Carles where among others Dizzie Guillespie, Arturo
Sandoval, Dave 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 singer
Omara 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 Alameda at
the auditorium Casa colón de Huelva (1998).
Guitar festival in Astaffort-France with the flamenco guitarist
Paco Fernández sharing the same stage with guitarists like Scott
Henderson, Gigi Cifarelli (ITALY), Adrian Legg (France) 2001.
Spring jazz festival with the Aborigen Quartet (Villamartin-
Concert at the international awards for interpreters of jazz
Granada 2002 at the "teatro Alhambra" with the band Aborigen
directed by Rafael Garcés with collaboration of the bass player
XVII jazz festival Lugo (Santiago de Compostela-Spain) with Xavi
Reija Electric Quartet (Sala Clavicémbalo) 2007 guest artist John
International jazz festival Madrid (Spain) 2008 with Xavi Reija
Electric Quintet taking place at "Sala Clamores" launching the CD
Jazz festival Munijazz (Rioja) 2008 with Xavi Reija Quartet.
Concerts at the Teatro Pereyra 2008.
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 club
Jamboree (Barcelona - 2009).
CD launching Rithual Xavi Reija Quintet in the jazz club Jamboree
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-
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 2014.
Cuban television program ‘’Contacto’’ presented by Hilda Rabileiro
1993 with Omara Portuondo
Concert with the singer Omara Portuondo at “sala Caracol” (Madrid)
broadcast by 1TVE
Participation as saxophonist in the film orchestra for the movie
Más Allá del jardín with Concha Velasco as the main actress
Concert at the 20th anniversary of the band ALAMEDA Auditory casa
Colón (Huelva) 1998 Canal 2 Andalucía.
Program Una Llama Viva of José Luis Ortiz Nuevo with the flamenco
percussionist Juan Ruiz 2003 Canal Sur.
Program las 1000 y una noche presented by Joaquín Petit
interviewing the Spanish movie director Fernando Trueba (guest
pianist of the show band 2004).
As the accompanying pianist at the TV competition Gente de Primera
With the singer Carmen Cano in the program Seguro que Yes
presented by Alexis Valdés on channel 41 America TV (Miami-USA
With the singer Carmen Cano in the program of Arturo Ramos Piano-
Piano on Tele Miami (Miami-USA 2006).
Program “Dando la nota” presented by Arturo Fuerte and Mary Lauret
with the singer Carmen Cano (Tele Miami) Miami-USA 2006.
Program ‘’LA TARDE CON MARIA DEL MONTE’’ pianist with the band
“Soles” at Canal Sur (2007).
Recording of solo tenor saxophone for the promotional music video
of David de María on his CD “La Fuerza de la Voluntad” - Song El
perfume de la soledad) Warner Music 2007.
Music video recording with James Blunt at the Teatro Pereyra
(Ibiza 2008) with the title primavera anticipada.
Program Buenas Noches Bienvenidos presented by the singer Miguel
Ríos, as guest saxophonist in the Blues de la Soledad 2007
(Channel 2 Andalucía).
Program E-ntrevistes with the singer Carmen Cano and the presenter
Cat (TEF Televisión Ibiza y Formentera presenting he show canto a
los clásicos cubanos at the Teatro Can Ventosa (Ibiza) 2009.
Program Sorpresa, Sorpresa (Alba Molina) launching the record
despacito with presenter Isabel Gemio Antena 3 (1999).
Program Séptimo de Caballería presented by Miguel Bosé in the 1TVE
with the flamenco artist RAFAEL AMADOR.
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