NEW ALBUM! "Vía de la Plata"
Daniel García surrounds himself with three very special guests, as Ibrahim Maalouf on trumpet, Anat Cohen on clarinet and Gerardo Núñez on flamenco guitar, plus fellow members of the trio Reinier "El Negrón" and Michael Olivera, in a new album that dives deep into Daniel García´s unique musical universe where Spanish folk, contemporary jazz, flamenco, classical music and many other things melt in a seamless way, to create music full of meaning, soul, and message.
"The craftsmanship and level of compositional detail are exquisite, García’s arrangements are intricate and subtly balanced, and his achievement is to make our journey rich with musical variety and no shortage of wit and invention." London Jazz News.
Daniel Garcia Trio ACT debut "Travesuras" ( ACT, 2019)
"Flamenco and jazz are brothers,” says pianist Daniel García, one of the most exciting voices of the new generation of Spanish jazz. That is how he sums up what "Travesuras" is all about: Garcia has delved deeply into the music of his homeland and has combined influences from it with the vocabulary of the modern jazz piano trio. What emerges is music which is expressive, stands on its own terms, and in which rhythmic intensity is allied with melodic richness, harmonic finesse and exceptional virtuosity. Daniel Garcia makes his ACT debut with an extraordinary album alongside faithful fellow partners Reinier "el Negrón" and Michael Olivera. A musical experience that overtakes the frontiers of music itself to build bridges between cultures, times, and people.
Daniel Garcia Diego Trio "Samsara" (2018)
Daniel Garcia Diego
"VÍA DE LA PLATA" TEASER
"VENGO DE MOLER"
LIVE FROM "EL LICEO"
"BEATA VISCERA" TEASER
"POTRO DE RABIA Y MIEL"
LIVE FROM "EL LICEO"
ALEGRÍAS PA AVERÍO
"One of the most exciting voices of the Spanish jazz"
"García blurs the limits between Spanish music and expressive possibilities of jazz piano. ****½"
"One of the most promising Spanish musicians, Daniel García digs into his homeland music and conbines it with the modern jazz piano trio in a highly independent way. ****½"
"A trio recording with distinctive character that will lift Daniel García into the very top league of European jazz."
"Daniel García embodies one of the most exciting chapters that has emerged from the waters of contemporary jazz of the last decade"
Fernando Neira, El País
"Looking to the future, while engaging and integrating elements of the past and present, Daniel´s music significantly showcases modern fusion.****"
All About Jazz
Photo By: Diego García
Daniel García has become one of the most original and influential voices of the new generation of Spanish Jazz. With his last trio album for ACT Music, "Vía de la Plata", the group reaches high peaks of compositional and creative expression, establishing as one of the most in demand and solid trios in European Jazz. With special guests as Lebanese trumpet player star Ibrahim Maalouf, Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen and flamenco guitar maestro Gerardo Núñez, "Vía de la Plata" represents a milestone in Spanish Jazz, while dozens of rave press reviews all over the world have made this album a word-of-mouth phenomena.
Daniel García was born in Salamanca in 1983. As a student at Berklee College of Music in Boston he was taught by Grammy-winning Panamanian jazz pianist Danilo Pérez. Pérez became a mentor for García and had a decisive influence on his musical development."Music is about truthfulness and self-knowledge, says García. “Only then can you penetrate deeper into things and find your own artistic expression, and Danilo showed me the way." García's success was not long in coming: in 2011 he received the award for the best jazz performance in Berklee. He subsequently played with renowned musicians such as Arturo Sandoval, Greg Osby and Perico Sambeat.
Western classical music also helped to pave García's way to becoming an artist: before he went to the USA, he studied classical piano at the Castilla y León Conservatory in his native Salamanca, one of the top institutions for advanced music education in Spain: "While jazz is all about the WHAT, classical music focuses on the HOW,” he says "And good technique gives me the freedom to express exactly what I feel". It’s fascinating to hear how García's music sparkles and shimmers with the cadenzas, harmonies and timbres of classical music, but will then unexpectedly take a flamenco turn, dissolve into jazz harmonies or flow into a powerful improvisation.
Flamenco, jazz, classical music... and there is yet more to Garcia’s musical substance. He describes himself as an eclectic who has also ventured into rock, electronica, music of the Middle East, Cubanism, and even medieval music and Gregorian chant. "So much has influenced Spanish culture – and also left its mark on me.
After many years playing together and searching for the same things, musical interaction between Daniel and his fellows Reinier El Negrón on bass and Michael Olivera on drums is extremely organic, deep and almost telepathic: "When we play together we are in a deep listening state all the time. We are constantly exchanging information and reacting to it, like if we are making a real time musical sculpture. It is a very intense experience in which the audience takes a fundamental rol, since what happens on stage is only half of the equation. We receive a lot of energy and information from the audience that we transform into music for them, in this amazing feed back circle that makes each concert a one of a kind experience"
Nothing sounds randomly put together in Daniel´s music. García often takes as the starting point for his explorations underlying harmonic-rhythmic structures and melodic phrases which derive from flamenco or old folkloric songs from his homeland, Salamanca. "My goal is to bring original Spanish music into a new context through improvisation and to make all stylistic dividing lines invisible," he says. And like Daniel´s previous album title Travesuras, Daniel´s music is to be understood in that sense. “Travesuras” means pranks, or mischief, and describes the kind of innocent, naïve, unconstrained behaviour that is often observed in children as they discover the world. “It is a lovely metaphor for what I'm trying to do: to look at the music from a naïve angle. Free yourself from expectations, let yourself drift, and just watch out whether or not something new and interesting emerges."