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Ray Sandoval

RAY SANDOVAL is an award winning composer, performer, producer and educator, trained in both the Classical and Jazz genres. Born of Japanese and Mexican-American parents, Ray’s musical career began at home in Tucson, Arizona. At the age of eight, he was playing drums in a family band with his older brother, Richard. A family hobby turned into serious study when both became the first students selected for APEX (Academic Preparation for Excellence) at the University of Arizona. Under the guidance of Thomas Patterson, Professor of Music, Ray began to perform solo works of classical guitar earning a number of awards and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music

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Javier Feltrer

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Composer and multi-instrumentalist (Saxophone, clarinets, flute, piano and accordion player) whose work goes around jazz and other creative music styles. His original music includes certain eclecticism and influences from classical music to rock. He started his studies at the age of 8 and finished his formation with his degrees in Composition and Performance, expanding his jazz training at several seminars and master- classes with Perico Sambeat, Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Mintzer, Mark Turner, Seamus Blake, Bruce Barth, Jason Palmer, Jorge Pardo, etc. His style has been constantly improved by the performance of a long number of styles ( post-bop and modern jazz, fussion, manouche, dixieland, funk, latin, flamenco, classical, oriental, progressive rock, mediterranean folk...) including the performance of his own compositions, and with his work as a session musician. He has worked regurarly with some music shows producers as arranger, composer, band leader and performer, inside the field of musical theatre and others. Since 2019, Feltrer is the professor of harmony and history in the jazz studies at the Valencia Conservatory.

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Pau viguer

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Pau Viguer, a pianist and jazz composer born in Valencia, began studying piano at the age of 7. He obtained the superior degree of piano in the Superior Conservatory of Valencia. He studied classical music getting top marks and jazz with pianists Ricardo Belda, Donato Marot and John Serry. He has also taken courses with Xavi Folch, Ximo Tébar, Robert Rodríguez, Jorge Pardo, etc. He has belonged to numerous modern music groups, such as Fernando Poo, Mala Fama, Controversia or Brooklyn, winning various awards in the Valencian Community. He toured Spain with the group "Revolver". He currently performs concerts with the group So Cuban, Elena Martín Trío and leads the group Pau Viguer Trío, a formation that includes songs composed by himself, and has released four recordings. He composes music for various record labels and other artists. He is also an accompanist pianist for various singers and instrumentalists of pop, jazz, funk, soul, etc. He currently works as a specialist teacher of music in Primary Education while teaching classical and modern piano and continues to compose and perform live concerts.

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albert sanz garcia

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Ramón Climent

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Perico Sambeat

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PERICO SAMBEAT In 1980 he began playing sax self-taught. He moved to Barcelona in 1982, where he ended his flute classical studies. At the same time he started attending Taller de Mùsics, where he studied harmony and arrangements with Zé Eduardo. In 1991 he moved to New York, where he attended New School. There he had the chance to play with great musicians such as Lee Konitz, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Chambers, etc. He also worked professionally with Steve Lacy, Daniel Humair, Fred Hersch, Bob Moses, Louis Bellson, Michael Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Maria Schneider, Pat Metheny, Kenny Wheeler, etc. He has been tecahing in some of the most important jazz schools in Spain: Taller de Músics, Musikene, ESMUC, etc, and has been doing workshops all around the world

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Celso Vernon

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Guitarist and teacher was born in Valencia (Spain). As a performer, Celso has played virtually every style of music professionally.

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Carmen Nikol

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JAZZ VOCALIST PIONEER “...Carmen Nikol’s done nothing less than invent Spanish vocalese” CARMEN NIKOL is already considered by critics to be a jazz singer of innovative status. Nikol, known for being the creator of vocalese (the art of putting lyrics to established instrumental music) in the Spanish language, “...could have fallen back on the typical melodies of the day, but instead has opted for the discipline of jazz, she’s taken melodies that were based on improvisation, and has added lyrics to these more or less known instrumental solos. Carmen Nikol’s done nothing less than invent Spanish vocalese” (Juanma Játiva author of the book “Billie Holiday”)

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Al Di Meola Receives Honorary Doctorate At Berklee's Campus In Valencia, Spain

Al Di Meola Receives Honorary Doctorate At Berklee's Campus In Valencia, Spain

Berklee Provost Larry Simpson presented an honorary doctor of music degree on July 9 to legendary jazz, fusion, and world music guitarist, composer, bandleader, and producer Al Di Meola during the commencement ceremony for the master’s degree programs at Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain. Di Meola also performed as a special guest at the commencement concert ...


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