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Outstanding trio of the Hispanic jazz will perform in Bucharest

One of the most powerful bands of the Spanish avant-garde stage, Mezquida-Aurignac-Prats, brings a daring and intense concert to ARCUB, in March, combining the free jazz with the contemporary folk and improvisation music.

On Thursday, March 21, starting at 20.00, M.A.P. will held at ARCUB the fifth concert of the year in the Artist in Residence jazz session, organized by Bucharest Municipality through ARCUB, whose custodian will be Cristian Soleanu.

In the concert to be held in Bucharest, the three artists will play the music of the first two albums, which brought them the Best Jazz Band Award in 2015, and the Best Jazz Album Award in 2016. M.A.P. are renowned for the passion and virtuosity of their live performances, for the hypnotic passages and dynamic rhythms alternating with moments of sentimental lyricism, groove and oriental influences.

The musical timbre of the M.A.P. is given by the expressiveness of the pianist from the Menorca island, Marco Mezquida, by the imagination and originality of the saxophonist from Malaga, Ernesto Aurignac, and by the versatility of the drummer from Girona, Ramon Prats. “The way in which the three singers are performing is an energy release of pure jazz, delivered with a spirituality, boldness and intensity that weren’t seen in the Spanish jazz for years. The sound and their live performances have been the best novelties of the year, not only in the Spanish, but also in the international jazz.” (El Mundo)

Marco Mezquida. Compared with Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett, Marco Mezquida is one of the greatest revelations of the jazz piano in the recent years. Elected for five times “The Musician of the Year” by the Association of the Musicians of Jazz and Modern Music of Catalonia, Marco Mezquida is an eclectic and versatile artist. Being a pianist, composer, band leader and accompanist, Mezquida holds solo concerts or plays with orchestras, he gets involved into dance projects, he sings as a member of the jazz bands.

Ernesto Aurignac studied classical saxophone at Conservatorio Superior from Malaga and jazz, modern harmony and improvisation at Barcelona. Being an enthusiastic and passionate musician, Ernesto Aurignac initiated the project called “Charlie Parker with Strings”, he founded the Anunnakis Quintet, which was nominated for the “Best Jazz and Contemporary Music Production” in Spain, and constantly holds worldwide masterclasses.

Ramon Prats. Declared “The Musician of the Year” in 2014 by the Association of the Musicians of Jazz and Modern Music of Catalonia and being the winner of the titles “The Album of the Year” with the Pandora Quartet and “The Band of the Year” with Ramón Prats Quartet, the Spanish drummer has collaborated with international artists such as Lee Konitz, Mars Gustafsson, Andy Moor, David Murray or Deborah Carter. He is a constant presence on the stage of the international jazz festivals from Belgium, Ecuador, UK, Sweden, Russia, Iceland and France. He is currently a teacher at Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu.

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