• country:Spain
  • region:Canary Islands
  • style(s):World Fusion
  • label:Amilkilometros Productions
  • type:Duo
  • gender:male
  • instrumentation:string, piano
  • artist posted by:Amilkilometros

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Canarian violinist Pablo Rodríguez and Cuban pianist Humberto Ríos belong to a new young generation of jazz musicians whose music creation is influenced by numerous kinds of world music. They are constantly striving to expand their sonic possibilities of the historical piano and violin set-up. Through their artistic journey they have performed both solo and together in the most prestigious European concert halls and have collaborated with renowned musicians of international prestige such as Roy Hargrove, Carles Benavent, Trio Da Kali, Jorge Pardo, Kike Perdomo, Jose Manuel León, Tim Kliphuis and Gordan Nikolić. Pablo & Humberto began their artistic journey as a duo in 2016 when they met at the Codarts Rotterdam conservatory where they were studying classical and jazz music. They quickly discovered a great musical connection and a shared fascination for exploring new sounds and non-traditional ways of performing their own instruments. During this period they also began to actively collaborate with others on various projects in the Dutch music scene. STORY In December 2017, they began the production of ‘Conversaciones’, a set of compositions that explore the fusion of jazz and folk from their respective origins with influences from impressionistic classical music, aiming to express an emotional bond between two islanders who live far away from their roots. In mid-2018, they had the pleasure of presenting this repertoire on their first international tour, which took them to Holland, Germany, Zaragoza, Valencia and the Canary Islands, receiving excellent reviews from the public and the press. The German newspaper Helmstedter Nachrichten described the concert as 'a real emotional spectacle’, saying “the classical training of the two musicians allowed them to move playfully through a wide spectrum of classical music, folklore, jazz and funk, and to shine with spontaneous improvisations. For example, Humberto Ríos, who this year received the Leiden Jazz Award, played not only the keys but also the piano strings, while Pablo Rodríguez transformed his violin into a mandolin or a cajón.” In December 2018, the duo performed at the prestigious Bimhuis concert hall (Amsterdam) as finalists of the Dutch competition ‘Keep an Eye The Records’. The following year, as a result of their successful crowdfunding campaign, they released their first album ‘Conversations’ and gained the support of more than a hundred patrons. The recording took place in the German studio Fattoria Musica, Osnabrück. In 2019, Pablo Rodríguez was awarded Best Soloist at the second Canarias Jazz Showroom Awards. Recently they have been picked as showcase artists in JAZZ I AM (Barcelona, 2020), LPA MARKET (Gran Canaria, 2021) & MAPAS (Tenerife, 2021). They had also performed at the VIII Festival de Musica Clásica de Panticosa “Tocando el Cielo” and 60th Jazz à Juan Festival (France).