Juan Pérez Rodríguez

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Thursday / August 1, 2013 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Center
Marriott Courtyard Kendall Square
United States
Juan Pérez Rodríguez
Pamela Hersch

Juan Pérez Rodríguez learned to sing and play guitar with his father, the flamenco musician, singer, and composer Juan Pérez “Sombra.” Later he studied at the Classical Conservatory of Huelva, and at nine years old started to play piano.

He studied baroque organ as well, learning to play and improvise in old polyphonic style, with well-­known organ players Andrés Cea, Jean Claude Zenhder, and Michael Bouvard. He studied classical music with Alexia Guiomar, Roland Proell, Maria Ramblados, and Rocío Vílchez. At the same time, he played modern music, including jazz and flamenco, taking lessons from Chano Dominguez, Rubem Dantas, Jorge Pardo, Albert Bover, Steve Kuhn, and Niño Miguel.

He founded the band Cuarta Dimension, blending composition and free improvisation with classical and jazz musicians in Sevilla, Spain, and playing concerts in Andalucia, Spain, in 2007. He also formed his band, Juan Pérez Trio, with Pablo Báez on double bass and Nacho Mejina on drums. In 2007, he had the opportunity to play piano, celesta, and organ with the Symphonic Orchestra Toscanini, conducted by Maestro Lorin Maazel. That same year, he was accepted to the Young Orchestra of Andalucia under the artistic direction of Michael Thomas (arranger of Bjork’s first album), and played an improvised concert with him.

In 2008, he moved to Paris to finish his classical studies at the conservatory, also performing in and around the city. He studied then with Nicolas Mallarte, Marie Paul Siruget, and Naji Hakim.

He recorded his first album, Fabulare, with the indie recording company Música Fundamental. The album blended jazz, flamenco, and classical music in a very personal way. Released in 2011, Fabulare received very good reviews.

He was awarded a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music, where he continues his education. During his time at Berklee, he cofounded Spain the Lighter, a fresh vision of flamenco/fusion music. This band was acclaimed during its short but intense life, and this project is still open for the future with very good prospects. He is preparing his second album, which will be released in a year and combines his studies at Berklee with performance.