Perico Sambeat

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"Despite the most obvious aspect of educating students (providing them tools needed for their personal musical growth), I think the teacher should transmit the love and excitement of this music, noticing its deepness and spiritual side."

"Developing analytical abilities is essential to get a profound understanding of the music, and to make students able to find by themselves those aspects of their musical knowledge in need of more development."

"It's also very important to study and understand deeply the tradition of this music, as a necessary basis to be able to confront the vanguard and develop their 'own voice.'"

"I always thought that theory comes after experience, so lessons should be more inclined to the practical side, and the use of theoretical books and manuals should be always related to live examples."

Career Highlights
  • Alto and soprano saxophonist
  • Studied harmony and arrangements with Zé Eduardo at the Taller de Músics
  • Attended the New School in New York and performed with Lee Konitz, Jimmy Cobb, and Joe Chambers
  • Performances with Steve Lacy, Daniel Humair, Fred Hersch, Bob Moses, Louis Bellson, Michael Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Maria Schneider, Pat Metheny, and Kenny Wheeler 
  • More than 20 recordings as a leader and nearly 100 recordings as a sideman, with such artists as Brad Mehldau, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Tete Montoliu
  • Latin Grammy nominee
  • Winner of numerous awards, including the Bird Award given by the North Sea Jazz Festival and best recording of the year (Flamenco Big Band)