Biophilia Records
Fabian Almazan
Pianist, Composer
Recently nominated for a Grammy for his work on Terence Blanchard's "Breathless", pianist and composer Fabian Almazan found his musical roots as a child in his homeland of Havana where he first became involved in the classical piano tradition. When his parents could not afford to pay for private piano lessons, having migrated to Miami, FL, pianist Conchita Betancourt was gracious enough to impart free lessons for over three years. Thanks to Mrs. Betancourt's exceeding generosity, Fabian was able to audition for the New World School of the Arts High School in Miami, FL where he studied from 1998 to 2002. In 2002 Fabian was selected for the piano chair in the National 2002 Grammy High School Jazz Combo. The following year, Almazan attended the newly up and running Brubeck Institute fellowship program based in northern California where he studied with Mark Levine and performed with Dave Brubeck and Christian McBride. In 2003, Fabian moved to New York City to study with Kenny Barron at the Manhattan School of Music. During the completion of his bachelor's degree, Almazan immersed himself in the realm of orchestral composition studying instrumentation and orchestration with Mr. Giampaolo Bracali. Under Mr. Bracali's tutelage, Almazan composed several pieces for orchestra and chamber ensembles. In the spring of 2009 Fabian Almazan received a master's degree from Manhattan School of Music, selected as a recipient of the Michael W. Greene Scholarship, studying privately with Jason Moran. Fabian has written several film scores and can be heard on several Spike Lee films as well as George Luca’s Red Tails among other films. Most recently, Fabian was selected to participate in the SWR New Jazz Meetings which took place in Germany.

Mr. Almazan was voted #1 Rising Piano Star on the Downbeat Magazine Critics 2014 Poll and was granted the Chamber Music America 2014 NEW Jazz Works commission. Almazan received the Cintas Foundation 2010/11 Brandon Fradd Award in Music Composition, an award that has been granted to many Cuban artists who have gone on to play an influential role in the development of Cuban cultural heritage. Almazan was also selected as one of six composers to participate in the Sundance Composers’ Lab where he studied with such acclaimed film composers as Harry Gregson-Williams, Alan Silvestri, George S. Clinton, Christopher Young, Ed Shearmur and Peter Golub. His solo albums, Personalities, which Fabian Almazan released on his own record label, Biophilia Records, and Rhizome [AritstShare/BlueNote Records] have garnered nationwide critical acclaim, including a glowing review in The New York Times. Interest in Almazan's work was also bolstered by his performances at the historic Village Vanguard in New York City, which have been broadcasted live to a nationwide audience on National Public Radio's Live from the Village Vanguard. Since 2007 Fabian has been the pianist for the Terence Blanchard’s various bands, including the E-Collective which was nominated for a GRAMMY in 2016. Mr. Almazan has toured North and South America, Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe extensively and has had the opportunity to perform with such artists as Linda May Han Oh, Gretchen Parlato, John Hollenbeck, Paquito D'Rivera, Mark Guiliana, Dave Douglass, Christian Scott, Chris Dingman, David Sanchez, Stefon Harris and Ambrose Akinmusire among others.

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Pianista, compositor

Recientemente nominado para un Grammy por su trabajo en "Breathless" de Terence Blanchard, el pianista y compositor Fabian Almazan encontró sus raíces musicales como niño en su tierra natal de La Habana, donde primero se involucró en la tradición de piano clásico. Cuando sus padres no pudieron pagar las lecciones privadas de piano, después de haber emigrado a Miami, FL, la pianista Conchita Betancourt fue suficientemente amable para impartir lecciones gratis durante más de tres años. Gracias a la generosidad excesiva de la Sra. Betancourt, Fabian pudo audicionar para la New World School of the Arts High School en Miami, FL, donde estudió del 1998 a 2002. En 2002 Fabian fue seleccionado para tocar piano en el National Grammy High School Jazz Combo. El año siguiente, Almazan asistió al recién creado Fellowship Program del Brubeck Institute basado en el norte de California, donde estudió con Mark Levine y actuó con Dave Brubeck y Christian McBride. En el 2003, Fabian se mudó a Nueva York para estudiar con Kenny Barron en la Manhattan School of Music. Durante la realización de su licenciatura, Almazán se sumergió en el reino de la composición orquestal estudiando instrumentación y orquestación con el Sr. Giampaolo Bracali. Bajo la tutela del Sr. Bracali, Almazán compuso varias piezas para conjuntos de orquesta y cámara. En la primavera de 2009 Fabian Almazan recibió una maestría de Manhattan School of Music, seleccionado como un recipiente de la beca Michael W. Greene, estudiando en privado con Jason Moran. Fabian ha escrito varias partituras de películas y puede ser escuchado en varias películas de Spike Lee, así como en Red Tails de George Luca, entre otras películas. Más recientemente, Fabian fue seleccionado para participar en los SWR New Jazz Meetings que tuvieron lugar en Alemania.

Almazan fue elegido el #1 Rising Piano Star en el Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll en el 2014 y obtuvo la comisión de Chamber Music America NEW Jazz Works el mismo año. Recibió el Premio Brandon Fradd de la Fundación Cintas 2010/11 en Composición Musical, un premio que se ha concedido a muchos artistas cubanos que han desempeñado un papel influyente en el desarrollo del patrimonio cultural cubano. Almazan también fue seleccionado como uno de los seis compositores para participar en el Sundance Composers’ Lab donde estudió con aclamados compositores como Harry Gregson-Williams, Alan Silvestri, George S. Clinton, Christopher Young, Ed Shearmur y Peter Golub. Sus álbumes en solo, Personalities, que Fabian Almazan lanzó en su propia discográfica, Biophilia Records, y Rhizome [AritstShare / BlueNote Records] han cosechado aclamación de la crítica a nivel nacional, incluyendo una brillante reseña en The New York Times. El interés en el trabajo de Almazán también fue reforzado por sus actuaciones en el histórico Village Vanguard en Nueva York, que se han transmitido en vivo a una audiencia a nivel nacional en el programa “National Public Radio’s, Live from the Village Vanguard”. Desde 2007 Fabian ha sido el pianista de diversas bandas de Terence Blanchard, incluyendo el E-Collective que fue nominado para un GRAMMY en 2016. Almazan ha viajado extensamente por América del Norte y Sudamérica, Asia, África, Australia y Europa y ha tenido la oportunidad de actuar con artistas como Linda May Han Oh, Gretchen Parlato, John Hollenbeck, Paquito D'Rivera, Mark Guiliana, Dave Douglass, Christian Scott, Chris Dingman, David Sánchez, Stefon Harris, y Ambrose Akinmusire, entre otros.


Upcoming Events

February 20, 2020Linda May Han Oh GroupNew York, NYmore info...
February 21, 2020Linda May Han Oh GroupNew York, NYmore info...
February 29, 2020Terence Blanchard: The Movie Music of Spike Lee JointsGrand Rapids, MImore info...
March 01, 2020ReversoBloomington, INmore info...
March 02, 2020ReversoNew York, NYmore info...
March 04, 2020ReversoMadison, WImore info...
March 05, 2020Reverso WorkshopEau Claire, WImore info...
March 06, 2020ReversoChicago, ILmore info...
March 14, 2020Terence Blanchard Movie Music with OrchestraLos Angeles, CAmore info...
March 15, 2020Terence Blanchard Movie Music with OrchestraHalf Moon Bay, CAmore info...
April 01, 2020Linda May Han Oh QuartetTampere, FINLANDmore info...
April 08, 2020Linda May Han Oh QuartetDorking, United Kingdommore info...
April 08, 2020Linda May Han Oh QuartetManchester, United Kingdommore info...
April 09, 2020Linda May Han Oh QuartetLONDON, UNITED KINGDOMmore info...
April 10, 2020Linda May Han Oh QuartetGateshead, UNITED KINGDOMmore info...
April 11, 2020Linda May Han Oh QuartetFerrara FE, Italymore info...
April 17, 2020Terence Blanchard and the E-CollectiveLondon, Englandmore info...
April 18, 2020Terence Blanchard and the E-CollectiveIstanbul, Turkeymore info...
April 21, 2020Terence Blanchard and the E-CollectiveLjubljana, Sloveniamore info...
April 22, 2020Terence Blanchard and the E-CollectiveZagreb, Croatiamore info...
April 23, 2020Terence Blanchard and the E-CollectiveBelgrade, Serbiamore info...
April 24, 2020Terence Blanchard and the E-CollectiveJuvisy-sur-Orge, Francemore info...
April 25, 2020Terence Blanchard and the E-CollectiveJuvisy-sur-Orge, Francemore info...
April 30, 2020Dave DouglasNew York, NYmore info...
May 01, 2020Dave DouglasNew York, NYmore info...
May 03, 2020Dave DouglasNew York, NYmore info...
May 11, 2020Fabian Almazan TrioNew York, NYmore info...
May 16, 2020Ambrose Akinmusire GroupBari, Italymore info...
May 17, 2020Ambrose Akinmusire GroupLondon, Englandmore info...
May 20, 2020Ambrose Akinmusire GroupMANNHEIM, GERMANYmore info...
May 22, 2020Ambrose Akinmusire Group Amsterdam, Netherlandsmore info...
May 22, 2020Ambrose Akinmusire Group Amsterdam, Netherlandsmore info...
May 23, 2020Ambrose AkinmusireLondon, Englandmore info...
July 12, 2020Fabian Almazan and RhizomeRotterdam, Hollandmore info...
July 12, 2020Fabian Almazan and RhizomeRotterdam, Hollandmore info...
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