THE BAND

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Sergio Llopis

KEYBOARDS, COMPOSER, BANDLEADER

He studied classical Piano for 12 years receiving a European Exhibition Award by the Trinity College of London in 2005. At the age of 17 he got accepted at the University of Salford, where he studied Popular Music and Recording graduating with First Class Honors. While living in Manchester he managed to play all around the UK with different bands like "Salford’s University Big Band", "Missed you at the Show", and other bands from Jazz to Rock.

During the summer of 2015, he studied a Jazz in New York City under the supervision of teachers like, Barry Harris, Dan Cray, Ron McClure, John Yao and others. In 2017, he obtained a Masters Degree in Orchestration for Film, Games and Television from the University of Chichester, recording his works with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

He has arranged, produced and orchestrated music for different projects and well-known artists both, nationally and internationally.


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Pep Lluís García

PERCUSSION

He started playing drums & Latin percussion at the age of 17. He became more and more fascinated and obsessed on practicing, always taking private lessons with different teachers, so when he finished his university studies, he was already a professional musician. He started playing Rock, little by little he focused his playing on afroamerican music, today he’s mostly envolved on Jazz, Latin or Blues styles. 

Currently playing in the Island, he has also toured Spain many times with different bands, as he’s working as a freelance musician. Has also toured around Europe, and in New York City in 2000. As a leader, he manages the jazz quintet “Hard Bop Drivers” and the Latin band “Timba Tumbet”. As a side man, he’s normally playing with many different bands in Mallorca, and with musicians from outside the island who are comming to play.

Some of the artists he has played with::

Barrelhouse Chuk (USA), John Tirado (USA), Colin Wood (UK), Kyle Esplin (UK), Lluis Coloma (ESP), José el Francés (ESP), Manfred Kullmann (GER), Jayme Marqués (BRA), Jay Kay (USA), Daniel Puente (CHI), Víctor Puertas (ESP), Perico Sambeat (ESP), Pepe Ragonese (ITA) , Salvador Sobral (PTG), Walter Salas (The Silos, USA), Jannette (FRA).


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Teo Salvà

DRUMS

Higher Degree in Modern Jazz Drums for the Escola d’Estudis Musicals - Taller de Músics from Barcelona (2013).

He has performed with international musicians such as Hanna Paulsberg, Pawel Tomaszewski, Odd Steinar Albrigtsen, Jasper Blom, Reinier Baas, Marko Lohikari and Toni Miranda at the Alternatilla Jazz in Mallorca Festival, with Jorge Pardo at the XXVI Classical Music Festival in Artà, with the “Mallorca Jazz Collective” by Toni Vaquer in Sa Pobla Jazz (2018), IncaJazz (2017) and A Jazz De Mar (2016 and 2017) and with “Highlands Project” in Jazz Across Boarders 2018 in Russia.

He has participated with different formations in the XVII and XVIII Alcúdiajazz Festival, the 20th and 17th Menorca Jazz, the 25th Live Music Market in Vic, the Jazz Festival of Girona (2011).

He is currently a teacher at the Superior Conservatoire of Music of the Balearic Islands.


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Juanjo Amengual

BASS

He starts to play the bass at the age of 15. Since then, as self-taught he learns to play the instrument surrounded by great musicians of the island.

He currently plays and collaborates in different formations in Mallorca, among which we can highlight “Alma Sonora”, “Whole Lotta Band-Led Zeppelin Live Experience” and “Ojos de Serpiente” (a Fito & Fitipaldis tribute) among others.

In addition, he produces and records different groups of the Mallorcan scene and combines it with his other work as session musician in productions of different artists.


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Joan Colom

GUITAR

He starts his studies of modern music in the music school of Valldemossa (Mallorca) with Gabriel Escalas and Miquel Servera, continues his studies at Factoria de So, school linked to the L’Aula of Modern Music and jazz of Barcelona from the Lyceum Conservatory and the Berklee School of Music, with Omar Lanuti and later on with Daniel Roth. He moves to Madrid where he studied with Marcos Collado and later to Barcelona, where he currently is studying at the ESEM Taller de Músics - Superior Conservatory of Modern Music and Jazz, with Àngel Ferrer and plays in the "Young Effervescence Big Band" directed by Toni Vaquer. He has participated in seminars by Jonathan Kreisberg, Barry Harris, Bill Frisell among others…

He is currently an active in the music scene and works as a freelance. He has experience as a guitar teacher, combo and harmony in centers of Mallorca and Barcelona.


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Jordi Tugores

GUITAR

Musician, music producer and sound engineer. He works in his studio Alquimia Records (www.alquimiarecords.com). He also combines recording and production work with live concerts with numerous bands and artists.

He has worked with Miquela Lladó, La Vereda, The Great Republican Orchestra, Highlands Project, Mos Cuba'm, Victoria Maldi, Fronterazul, Caliu, Tiu, El Niño Alcalino, Indigo Project and Hot Swingers among many others.


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Thomas Fontin

TENOR SAXOPHONE

Starts playing saxophone at the age of 8 as an autodidact. His passion for jazz, improvisation and electronic music takes him to Paris in 2000 where he obtains a master in musicology in 2002 to specialize later in sound design and start working in 2004 as a lead sound designer (ATARI and several independant studios).

In 2008, after moving to Mallorca, he continues his musical studies with Luis Depestre, a cuban alto sax player. Since 2010, after quitting the sound design industry, he has fully devoted to music, becoming a well known player in the local circuit, while also collaborating with other several musicians of the jazz scene such as Toni Cuenca, Jimmy Weinstein, Marko Lohikari, Jorge Pardo, Perico Sambeat, Xavi Maureta, Pere Navarro, Gael Horellou...

Fond of new experiences and challenges, Thomas also performs live (sax and electronic) wth Dj's, dancers (Maria Antonia Oliver) or circus (Sentinel – Circ Bover).


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Xema Borràs

TROMBONE

He is currently a teacher of trombone and chamber music at the Superior Conservatory of the Balearic Islands, and in charge of the Brass Ensemble. Previously, he was the Head of the Jazz Department, founder of the Big Band of the Conservatoire and held the Jam Session of the Center during the 2016/17 academic year. With the Big Band they offered a wide repertoire and invited different artists of which we can highlight Jorge Pardo, Sergi Vergés, Toni Cuenca and Vicent Martí.

It must be said that his training as a musician is classical from an early age. He has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain (JONDE), as well as a collaborator in orchestras such as Orquesta de Radio Televisión Española, Orquestra Simfònica de les Illes Balears, Galicia Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Real Filarmonía de Galicia, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Orquesta Symphony of the Principality of Asturias, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, among others.

He has been a member of chamber groups such as 5 Brass Quintet, with which they won prizes and good reviews from the public, or the S'Hexabrass Metal Sextet, of which he is currently a member.

At the moment it forms duo with the singer, composer and guitarist Brazilian Pedro Rosa, duo with which they make review of the great diversity of existing music in that country. He has collaborated with different formations of the island (Rumba Katxai, Monkey Doo, Yemanjà, Flanders).


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Guillem Nadal

TRUMPET

Diploma in Classical Music Bombardí at the Superior Conservatory of Music of the Balearic Islands (2009).

With the trumpet and the trombone, he has attended several seminars with Carlos Martin, Michael Philip Mossman, Jesús Santandreu, Abe Rábade, Joan Soler, Erik Ineke, Jorge Pardo.

He works as a musician in several formations: Long Time No Swing, El Niño Alcalino, The Newborn Jazz Quartet, Highlands Project and Glissando Big Band, with which he has also held several seminars with David Pastor, Sergi Vergés, Toni Vaquer, among others. .

He has participated at the XX Menorca Jazz Festival, and the Jazz Across Borders of Russia 2018. With the Glissando Big Band & Toni Vaquer he has won the Enderrock Award for Best Jazz 2018 for "Progression"; tribute to Salvador Font Mantequilla.

Currently, he studies Jazz's studies in the Conservatoire of Music of the Balearic Islands.