Born in Argentona in 1986, Gabriel Amargant studied classical clarinet and modern sax with professors Carles Riera and Llibert Fortuny. In 2008 he graduated with Honours from the ESMUC (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya), after receiving classes from Gorka Benítez, Eladio Reinón, and Xavi Figuerola.
In 2009 he published his first work as a leader, First Station (Fresh Sound New Talent), presented at the Barcelona International Jazz Festival, which received critical acclaim from the AMJM (Associació de Músics de Jazz i Música Moderna de Catalunya) that awarded him the Musician of the Year award. In 2015, his second album as a leader, And Now For Something Completely Different (FSNT), received the Enderrock Critic’s Award for Best Album of the Year.
From 2009 to the present, Amargant has combined his own projects with an intense activity as a sideman, collaborating with formations and artists from different fields of the national and international scene (Terell Stafford, Dena DeRose, Benny Golson, Niño Josele, Santiago Auserón, Joan Díaz, Raynald Colom, Ignasi Terraza, Marco Mezquida, Joan Vidal, Alessio Arena, Martín Leiton); participating in the recording of more than fifty albums and performing in prestigious festivals and concert halls (Marciac Jazz Festival, Montevideo Jazz Festival, Etnosur Festival, Grec Festival, Terrassa Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, Teatro Solís, Centro Cultural Kirchner de Buenos Aires, Palau de la Música de Barcelona, Teatro Español de Madrid).
After the success of First Station (Fresh Sound, 2009) and And Now for Something Completely Different (FS, 2015), Gabriel Amargant presented the project Aire (FS, 2018), a compilation of new original compositions that draw from diverse musical influences. Inspired by experiences, readings, and travels, they are exposed through the conversation established between the members of the group, a trio that completes two of the most versatile and prolific musicians of the current panorama, Martín Leiton on double bass and Ramon Prats on drums.
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