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AGUSTÍ FERNÁNDEZ, PABLO LEDESMA
MONO HURTADO

BUENOS AIRES 2000
Release date: 27.05.11
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"I got in touch with Agustí Fernández through Raúl Mao, director of the Spanish magazine Cuadernos de Jazz. The following month Agustí was visiting Buenos Aires in 2000, and then we combine a meeting to know each other and exchange ideas accompanied of good wine at the house of Mono Hurtado. A meeting that was transformed into sound when we decided right there to meet a few days later in the study of Carlos Piriz, in the neighborhood of Constitución. The session took place in an afternoon of rain and humidity, typical of the Buenos Aires early fall (de un otoño porteño). The music beat out spontaneously, without pre-set plan, while our friend Keko Ferro took the pictures that documented the meeting. This material slept for 11 years and today is a pleasure that is available to the listeners thanks to Audition Records" (Pablo Ledesma)

 

Agustí Fernández. One of the most important explorers of creative music in Spain. Agustí combines wide-ranging knowledge of classical twentieth-century piano with jazz improvisation, in a unique and powerful style. (The Village Voice, New York) Agustí Fernández was born in Palma de Mallorca, where he studied piano. Later, he continued his studies in Barcelona, France, and Germany. He became a professional musician at age 13. His musical life changed when he discovered the music of Cecil Taylor and Iannis Xenakis, with whom he studied in 1978. His career as a soloist emerged in the II Biennial of Young Creative Artists (Thessalonika, Greece) in 1987. Since that time, he has performed in the most important Spanish and European festivals. He has also composed music for dance, theater, cinema, and television. Director and co-founder of the Orquestra del Caos and of the Big Ensemble del Taller de Músics. He has been a founder member of the IBA Collective (Improvisers of Barcelona), and he was director of IBA from 1998 to 2001.

Professor of improvisation at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC: Higher School of Music of Catalonia) since 2001. Agustí has more than 30 recordings with artists as Derek Bailey, Peter Kowald, Evan Parker, Mats Gustafsson, Marilyn Crispell, William Parker, Susie Ibarra, John Butcher, Ramon López... And has played with many others, including Axel Dörner, Mat Maneri, Lê Quan Ninh, Joel Ryan, Andrea Neumann, Sainkho Namtchaylak...

 

Mono Hurtado, one of the best jazz double-bassists of Argentina with a great international experience and refinement in improvisation, jazz, tango and elegant fusion between styles, as well as a very extensive discography that reflect it.

 

Pablo Ledesma studied saxophone and chamber music at La Plata Conservatory "Gilardo Gilardi". Composition, Counterpoint, Harmony and Piano at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of La Plata. From 1985 to 1996 played at the "International Festival Mardel Jazz". Since 1991 as soloist with the Orquesta del Teatro Argentino de La Plata. Member of "Conduction # 104 " a creation led by "Butch" Morris in Buenos Aires Experimenta 98. During Experimenta'99 performed " Prima Vista " by Mauricio Kagel. Professor of Saxophone at La Plata Conservatory and of Improvisation at the College of Fine Arts.

Pablo Ledesma has played with "Butch" Morris, Hilliard Greene, Wadde Mathews, David Haney, Bhob Rainey (USA), Reto Weber and Cristy Doran (Switzerland), Nana Twun Nketia (Ghana), Erling Kroner, Per Goldschmidt (Denmark), Enzo Rocco, Carlo Actis Dato, Alberto Mandarini, Gianni Lenoci (Italy) , Josep Mas “Kitflus", Manel Camp, Agustì Fernàndez (Spain), Peter Hollinger (Deutchsland), George Haslam, Elton Dean, Lol Coxhill, Paul Hession, John Edwards, Steve Waterman, John Turville (UK), Rodolfo Mederos, Daniel Binelli , Gustavo Bergalli, Peppe Angelillo, Quique Sinesi, Matias Gonzalez , Guillermo Gregorio, Edgardo Beilin , Mono Hurtado, Pocho Lapouble, Oscar Giunta, Hernan Merlo, Walter Malosetti , Litto Nebbia, Ruben Rada , Cesar Franov , Guillermo Vadala ,Horacio Lòpez, Osvaldo Lòpez, Ricardo Nole (Argentine).

 

 

 

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RELEASE CREDITS:

Agustí Fernández, piano
Pablo Ledesma, alto and soprano saxophone
Mono Hurtado, double bass

Recorded & Mixed at Moebio Studio. 15/04/2000. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Sound Engineers: Carlos Piriz & Laura Fonzo. Picture by Argamonte.
Design by Aniana Heras.

Special thanks to Cuadernos de Jazz and Raúl Mao. To Agustí Fernández, Pablo & Mono Hurtado. And to Micky Almada of "Impronta de jazz" - radio program in Argentina