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Ricardo Tejero

RICARDO TEJERO Saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, improviser and conducter. Born in Madrid Ricardo Tejero lives in UK since 2001. His work ranges through improvisation, jazz, Latin and African music as well as his own compositions, and conduction of large orchestras. Initially self-taught, Tejero studied with Wade Mathews and in 1998 started playing improvised music under the guidance of Chefa Alonso at the same time as he was playing in different ad hoc bands, developing an active role in Madrid's improvised music scene of late 90's. Graduated in Jazz and Contemporary Music at Leeds College Music in 2005, Tejero obtained in 2007 a Masters Degree in Contemporary Music at Brunel University (London) under professors Richard Barret and Peter Wieg. Since he moved to London in 2005 Tejero has maintained an active role mainly in the local improvised music scene for several years, but also covering other styles playing with musicians like Steve Noble, Dominic Lash, Mark Sanders, Tony Marsh, Niko Meinhold, John Edwards, Alexander Hawkins, Matthias Muller or Frank Paul Schubert amongst others

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Dominic Lash: Extremophile

Read "Extremophile" reviewed by John Sharpe

According to Wikipedia, an extremophile is an organism that thrives in physically or geochemically extreme conditions that are detrimental to most life on Earth. By titling the second disc from his Quartet in this way you can't help but think that bassist Dominic Lash is drawing an analogy with the place of the improviser in the ...

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Dominic Lash Quartet: Extremophile

Read "Extremophile" reviewed by John Eyles

Back in 2012, the Dominic Lash Quartet combined bassist Lash and three players with whom he had at least five years playing experience, keyboardist Alexander Hawkins plus Spain's Ricardo Tejero on reeds and Javier Carmona on percussion. By the time the four recorded an album, Opabinia (Babel), in January 2013, they had gelled nicely.

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Ensemble Progresivo: Hesitancy

Read "Hesitancy" reviewed by John Eyles

Ensemble Progresivo was formed in 2007 by saxophonist/clarinetist Ricardo Tejero after he had an idea of working with improvisation within a compositional context. Although he was not the first to have such an idea, Tejero says that his method of making music was born with the band. As with several other successful London-based improvising ensembles (Roland ...

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Dominic Lash: Opabinia

Read "Opabinia" reviewed by John Sharpe

As British bassist Dominic Lash explains in the liners to his Quartet's debut Opabinia, both the album and several of the tracks on it are named after extinct creatures excavated as fossils from the Burgess Shale of British Columbia. That inspiration arises from both the fabulous nature of the animals and paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould's musings ...

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Dominic Lash and Ricardo Tejero together

Read "Dominic Lash and Ricardo Tejero together" reviewed by John Eyles

Among a host of other activities too numerous to catalogue, bassist Dominic Lash and saxophonist / clarinetist Ricardo Tejero are both long-standing stalwarts of the London Improvisers Orchestra, so it was almost inevitable that they would gravitate towards each other in a smaller grouping at some point, as had happened with other LIO regulars. But, as ...


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