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Conversations

Support Pablo and Humberto in the recording of their debut album; a fusion of jazz and folklore from Cuba and the Canary Islands

About the project

Dear friends

We are delighted to announce this crowdfunding to finance the recording of our very first album: "Conversaciones". Through the compositions of this album, we aim to show the relevance of the existing musical link between the Canary Islands and Cuba, our beloved land. This work will capture the songs which premiered during our most recent tour of Europe and the Canary Islands.

We will present eleven original compositions which fuse jazz, Canarian & Cuban folklore, and the classical sounds of the early 20th century Impressionist era. In these conversations you will hear unique sounds, when the violin becomes a small guitar or a percussion instrument, and when the piano is "played" from within! Without losing sight of the melodic simplicity, the music alternates between improvisation - marked by the subtlety of violin and piano - and moments of high voltage.​

We recently had the pleasure of presenting this repertoire during our latest tour of Holland, Germany, Zaragoza, Valencia, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and La Palma, and following this pleasant experience, we decided to record an album!

The recording will take place in December at Fattoria Musica (Osnabrück, Germany). Two very special guests, German percussionist Ruven Ruppik and bass clarinetist Holger Werner, will join us to bring even more colours and rhythm to the music.​

You can listen to some of these sounds in the following videos:

 

What are the funds for?

We would love to produce this album in the best possible conditions, which is why we humbly turn to your patronage.

Following many hours of research and preparation, we need 5000 euros to cover the costs associated with the production process. Your contributions will be used for:

- Rental of recording studio

- Mixing and mastering

- Design

- CD printing

- Logistics

- Promotion and pressing​

IF I CONTRIBUTE... WILL I GET SOMETHING IN RETURN?

Of course! We have prepared several rewards depending on the amount of your contribution. These range from a digital copy of the album - so you could be one of the first to hear the result - to sheet music of the tracks, a dedicated postcard painting by Pedro Fausto (left)... or even a private concert!​

By clicking the big blue "contribute" button, you can decide the reward and the amount you want to donate. Payments can be made by credit/debit card and PayPal. We also offer the possibility of making your contribution by bank transfer to either of the following bank accounts: 

Description: "Conversations"​​​
Send us your shipping adress at [email protected]

SPAIN

PABLO RODRIGUEZ​
IBAN ES69 2100 7115 2222 0006 0444      LA CAIXA​​
NETHERLANDS
PABLO RODRIGUEZ
IBAN NL89INGB0753925583   BIC INGBNL2A.   ING BANK

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to send us an email to [email protected]

About the project owner

PABLO RODRÍGUEZ

Born in La Palma, Canary Islands, Pablo Rodríguez started to play the violin at the age of 6. Six years later, when one of his sisters gave him a Stephane Grappelli recording, he was enormously fascinated and quickly started to self-develop his own jazz language on the violin. This development turned out to be very useful in other music styles such as flamenco, folk and latin.

Pablo has performed at several recordings, jazz venues and concert halls such as Heineken Jazz & más, Mercat de la música viva de Vic, Amsterdam Music Festival, Ateneo de Madrid, Auditorio Tenerife, Escola Tom Jobim (Brazil), De Doelen and the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium.

Besides his passion for jazz and improvisation, he studied classical violin in Madrid with violinist Alfredo García Serrano and in Codarts Rotterdam with András Czifra. At Codarts he also finished his master studies in latin jazz with Christiaan van Hemert, Abel Marcel, Niti Ranjan Biswas and Anna Elis de Jong.

Pablo has collaborated with a variety of artists such as Irene Álvarez (Cuadro Flamenco), DOT Quartet, Jose Manuel León, Gordan Nikolić, Jorge Pardo, Carles Benavent, Pedro Díaz, Ima Galguén (arranger & composer), Pedro Sanz, Kike Perdomo, NEI-L, Voodrish, Nacho Aldeguer, Tim Kliphuis, Juan Carlos Pérez Brito, Domingo “Colorao" and Inma Galiot.

He is a founder member of the North Sea String Quartet, an in-demand folk-jazz string quartet based in the Netherlands.

HUMBERTO RÍOS

Humberto Rios is a pianist born in La Habana, Cuba. He started playing piano at the age of four. Despite being a classically trained musician, he has always been attracted to Cuban music and jazz. At the age of 17, he started touring internationally and made his first appearance in the Barbados Jazz Festival, with the latin jazz band Chicos de La Habana. At that same event, he was able to meet and play with some of his favourite musicians such as Roy Hargrove, Horacio El Negro, and Giovanni Hidalgo. This experience left a mark on his conception of music which immediately drew him towards a much wider spectrum, combining his love of classical piano, together with jazz and Cuban music.

In 2010 he travelled to Spain to study the Bachelor of Music at CSMA with professors Antonio Pérez Roy and Enrique Bagaría. A few years later he moved to the Netherlands where he currently lives and works. In 2018 he won the Leiden Jazz Award with his own band, DHD trio.