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Martí Serra

Born in Badalona in 1975, Martí Serra began his musical studies at the age of nine at the Badalona conservatory. In 1989 he obtained the title and the Prize of Honour of the Elementary Degree of clarinet, and the following year he changed the clarinet for the tenor saxophone. In 1997 he obtained the title and Prize Honour of Medium Grade of saxophone and in 1998 the diploma of Specialist in Modern Music awarded by the Generalitat de Catalunya. After a semester at Berklee College of Music in Boston, he studied improvisation with trombonist Hal Crook and saxophonist George Garzone in 1999.

Subjects: Improvisation (II)

Biography

When he returned from the United States, his career was definitely heading towards jazz. Since then he has worked with some of the most relevant musicians and jazz groups of the Catalan and Spanish jazz scene, such as Giulia Valle Group, Jordi Matas Quintet, Raynald Colom Quintet, Guillermo McGill Quartet, Miguel Ángel Chastang Quartet, Big Band de Badalona, etc.

He has also worked on projects by Francesc Capella (Jazz On Bach), Xavi Maureta (Instint Animal), Llibert Fortuny (Big Band XXL), Marc Miralta, Andreu Zaragoza and Tom Johnson, among others. His career as a sideman has led him to play with musicians such as Al Foster and Eddie Henderson, and has made him earn several awards from the Asociación de Músicos de Jazz i Música Moderna de Cataluña. He performed in the main jazz festivals of Spain and in others at an international level in Europe, South America and Japan.

Martí Serra won several awards, including Best New Proposal (Martí Serra Trio), awarded by Jaç magazine in 2009; Best Group 2007 (Giulia Valle Group), Saxophonist of the Year 2004 and 2006, and Musician of the Year 2003, all three awarded by the Association of Jazz and Modern Music Musicians of Catalonia, and the Guineueta 2003 award, given by the Friends of the Zorrilla Theatre in Badalona.

He has recorded around twenty albums as a sideman and two albums as a leader, Alguns moments bons (FSNT 2008) and Tea Time (N57 2010). As a teacher, Martí Serra teaches saxophone and improvisation techniques at the Escuela de Música de Badalona, where he has been working since 1996, and the Improvisation course at the Taller de Músics Escuela Superior de Estudios Musicales.

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