The Taller de Músics ESEM offers its students the opportunity to participate in various medium and large ensembles, in which they can perform all a very varied repertoire, from jazz to the most up-to-date modern music.
By doing so, the Taller de Músics ESEM creates different spaces where future artists can develop their musical skills in a professional context and thereby achieving our school’s main purpose: accompanying the student from the classroom to the stage.
The Taller de Músics ESEM Big Band was created with the aim of assembling a big band that works with both established and contemporary repertoire and encourages students to become familiar with this fundamental jazz tradition. The group also collaborates with composers and arrangers currently linked to the Taller de Músics.
This big band gives the students of the Taller de Músics ESEM the opportunity to grow as musicians and enrich their learning under the aegis of leading figures. This year, it is directed by Lluc Casares, a musician with an extensive international career who has worked with several big bands from all over Europe and the United States.
Taller de Músics Young Big Band is an initial experience in staging and the specific characteristics of live music. For years, this has acted as a springboard for musicians, ensuring that they leave prepared to play with any kind of formation, as demonstrated by the fact that some of today’s best-known performers and composers have passed through its ranks.
This big band is made up of students from the Taller de Músics School of Music and the ESEM.
The Taller de Músics ESEM has a new large-format modern music ensemble.
They work with a repertoire of contemporary music that which draws inspiration from artists such as Silk Sonic, Meshell Ndegeocello, Cory Henry, PJ Morton, Butcher Brown, Ibrahim Maalouf, Jose James, Electro Deluxe and Snarky Puppy. Directed by the pianist Jaume Gispert, who has an extensive international career, the band places great importance on the project’s musical production and staging.
The Ensemble Vocal is made up of twenty-two voices that perform songs of modern music, jazz and traditional music from around the world. The aim of this large group is to have a singing group of these characteristics that can perform songs by authors from all over the world, but also to create its own music library with arrangements made specifically for a vocal ensemble.
A current repertoire of pieces in four or more voices will be worked on weekly, as well as own repertoire arranged to adapt it to the ensemble. The artists featured are: Säje, Gema 4, Sexto Sentido, Tiny Habits or Jacob Collier.
The Ensemble Vocal gives the participants, and the audience, the opportunity to enjoy the power of a vocal group that can only be found in this type of ensemble.
Supersax was a jazz group founded in 1972 by saxophonist Med Flory and bassist Buddy Clark as a tribute to the iconic bebop saxophonist Charlie Parker. The group’s music consisted of harmonised arrangements of Charlie Parker improvisations, played by a sax section (2 altos, 2 tenors and a baritone), a rhythm section (bass, piano and drums) and a wind instrument (trombone or trumpet) which usually played lead.
Inspired by him, the Taller de Músics ESEM’s Supersax combo was born with the aim of taking the saxophone section to a new level with arrangements from other ESEM ensembles. In the Supersax combo, we work on the musical and technical foundations of how to play in a wind section and special emphasis is given to saxophone solos. Pianists, bassists, drummers and trumpet players can also participate.
Victor de Diego has a great deal of experience in this type of format, as he has been part of many big bands, many of them as lead alto.
The Superstrings combo is the result of adapting the idea of Med Flory’s Supersax group to an ensemble of string instruments. It is a space where the language and articulation of jazz and contemporary music is developed for violin, viola and cello. Members work on harmonisations of iconic solos from the jazz catalogue through arrangements of current pieces, as well as different accompaniment techniques for bowed string instruments.
The pianist Chano Domínguez is one of the most celebrated jazz musicians of his generation. He has achieved an unconventional integration between the rhythms and languages of jazz and flamenco. He plays tangos, tanguillos, alegrías, compás de bulerías, fandangos and soleás on piano, but with a traditional jazz structure. Today, Chano Domínguez is one of the most sought-after musicians on the Spanish music scene in any musical genre. In 2020 he won the Premio Nacional de las Músicas Actuales (National Prize for Contemporary Music).
Working in artistic residency with Chano Domínguez is a unique experience for all young musicians interested in both jazz and flamenco and the dialogue between them. The pianist’s own repertoire will be developed with newly created arrangements.
With more than 30 years as a professional musician under his belt, Perico Sambeat is the Spanish saxophonist with the greatest international reputation. He is considered one of the great Spanish jazz musicians. He has earned enormous prestige for his extraordinary professional career, both in Spain and abroad.
Perico LAB represents a unique opportunity to work in artistic residency with the renowned saxophonist over the course of an academic year, where the group prepares a repertoire through compositions and arrangements by the students and Perico himself.
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