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Àlex Ventura

He studied jazz and modern music at the CDMBR (Zeleste) and at the Taller de Músics and has recently obtained a higher degree in jazz and modern music from the ESMUC.

Subjects: Drums, Instrumental Ensemble

Biography

He has studied drums with Quim Soler, Marc Miralta and Aldo Cabiglia. Parallel to his academic studies, in 1993 he travelled to Cuba to deepen his knowledge of Afro-Cuban music, studying with different local percussionists. That same year he joined the stable band that accompanied the Cuban singer Lucrecia for a period of 10 years. His collaborations are worth mentioning, namely with Paquito d’Rivera, Patato Valdés and Chavela Vargas.

As a performer, he has always combined jazz and Latin music playing with different proposals either as a “sideman” or as a leader: Alex Ventura Latin Band (“Korokiki” CD), Barcelona Big Latin Band (“Barcelona Big Latin Band”, “Bueno pa’gozar”, “Suite Llatina 0.7″) Ernie Orts Quartet (“Aluap”, “Wait Walking”) or Ray Ferrer Trio (Llum al final). His most recent project is the Latin jazz quintet “Alex Ventura Teràpia de Grup”.

He has played with musicians like Lucrecia, Paquito d’Rivera, José “Patato” Valdés, Miguel “Anga” Diaz, Jordi Bonell, Joan Monne, Vicens Solsona, Perico Sambeat, Victor d’Diego, Mathew Simon, among others. He currently combines his work as a performer and composer with that of a teacher, giving instrument and combo lessons.

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