At the 29th edition of the Festival Internacional Canarias Jazz & Más, Canarian pianist & composer Polo Ortí will present his new group, OMN, a trio also featuring the Uruguayan violonist Federico Nathan and the percussionist from Madrid, Sergio Martínez. Three generations of composers & musicians from a solid training background and recognised artistic careers, whose common thread revolves around the Berklee College of Music campus in Valencia, where these musicians practise their teaching activies. It is here that the idea to bring about a show that would combine from the same perspective, their three musical visions–melodic jazz, flamenco and contemporary popular music-was conceived.
OMN is an invitation to a warm & enigmatic visual & sound journey by means of scrutiny, fusion and the exploration of new ways & channels of artistic expression. Ortí, Martínez & Nathan create music that is quite unrestricted, more versatile and unpredujiced. In essence, a project that is risky, interesting and profoundly imaginative.
The repertoire mainly covers compositions by Ortí, a bit more distant from the world-of-jazz aspect and closer to a more harmonic & chamber-music one.The programme also includes some works by Nathan and one by Martínez. As a tribute to the great pianist & composer Lyle Mays, the musicians will play an enthralling version of Soriño. The stage production at the concert will be managed by Vicky Bastos, which includes audiovisuals and attentive stage lighting design.
Polo Ortí (Valencia, 1963) was raised in Tenerife and studied at the Music Conservatories of the Canary Islands, Madrid & Valencia. He also graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and received private tuition by his idol, musician Lyle Mays (Pat Metheny Group). In addition to being a brilliant pianist, he was a teacher at the ‘Conservatorio de Música’ (Music Conservatory) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife for a period of seven years. Prior to that he taught at the ‘Escuela Creativa’ (Creative School) in Madrid and the ‘Taller de Musics’ (Music Workshop) in Barcelona, and has instructed & partaken in a number of courses, jazz seminars & master classes, both in Spain and abroad. For the past eight years he has been an associate teacher at the Berklee College of Music’s campus based in Valencia.
In the year 1990, Gary Burton included three musical compositions by Orti in his album Reunion, a disc which also featured musicians Pat Metheny, Mitchel Forman & Peter Erskine. These numbers attained top rating in the US Billboard Jazz chart.
His solo discography starts off with Improvisaciones (1993), followed by Polo (1997), produced by actor Gabino Diego and then Polo Ortí Group Live (2000). In Madrid 2003, he recorded Para timple y piano alongside the timple player from Gran Canaria, José Antonio Ramos, whom he accompanied on several tours. In his CD & DVD Suite de la Amistad (2007), he masterfully combined jazz and classical music with the participation of Gary Burton, Jorge Pardo and the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Joan Albert Amargós. In November 2009, he went on a tour with a show called Estrejazz, featuring a luxury quintet that included as guest star, vibraphonist Gary Burton, as well as international musicians, such as drummer Antonio Sánchez, Scott Colley on contrabass and guitarrist Julian Lage. In 2011, he launched his latest album, titled Boiling Earth with his band Polo Ortí Group. That same year he recorded another album together with Japanese singer & pianist Satomi Morimoto, titled Fuga Dos, which led to them staging various concerts in the Canaries and a tour in Japan.
Sergio Martínez (Madrid, 1977) is one of the Spanish percussionists with the most international impact, and with a versatility that has enabled him to develop his career featuring collaborations with some great figures on the world music scene, such as Paul Simon, Al di Meola, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, Brian Blades, Eddie Gómez andwith his mentors, Danilo Pérez, Jamey Haddad & Jose Antonio Galicia. He has participated at some of the most important jazz festivals & cycles in the world. Martínez is an international Flamenco musician who has collaborated in concerts and recordings with Flamenco artists like José Mercé, Montse Cortés, Niña Pastori, Pepe de Lucía, La Tana, Manolo Sanlúcar, Cañizares, Diego de Morao, Rocío Molina, Juana Amaya, Mario Maya, Alfonso Losa, Antonio Canales, Merche Esmeralda, El Güito, Manolete, the Spanish National Ballet and with Flamenco Jazz musicians such asJorge Pardo, Josemi Carmona, Javier Colina, Jerry González, Alain Pérez, Antonio Serrano,Perico Sambeat…
He is the only Flamenco percussionist who has graduated at the Berklee College of Music (Boston), where he is currently teaching classes at the university campus. He has featured in more than 50 discographic recordings, some of which have been nominated for the Grammy awards. At present he is the percussionist in Al di Meola’s acoustic quartet.
The violinist Federico Nathan (Montevideo,1986) is one of the greatest Uruguayan musicians of the diaspora. He performs as a soloist in ensembles & orchestras all over the world and is quite on board with a wide range of musical genres, participating in different groups & formations, his focal point being his fervent creative restlessness & curiosity. He studied & graduated at the ‘Escuela superior de Música’ (Higher School of Music) Reina Sofia (Madrid,2005) , Indiana University (USA,2008), CMDL (Centre des Musiques (Music Centre) Didier Lockwood, París 2009) and the Hans Eisler Conservatory (Berlín, 2014).
He is currently one of the soloists at the Metropole Orchestra in Holland, and is a twice Grammy Award winner with several nominations. With the above mentioned orchestra he has played alongside artists such as Joshua Redman, Gregory Porter, Esperanza Spalding, Quincy Jones, Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Jacob Collier, among others. As a soloist he has played with musicians like Snarky Puppy, Banda Magda and Chano Domínguez, performing as a duo act with the latter.
He has received the following mentions/acknowledgements: Reina Sofia (Madrid, 2004), Jóvenes Talentos (Fundación del Banco de Boston de Uruguay, 2006) and awards: ‘Música Nacional’ (Uruguay, 2012 & 2015), Jazz Community at the Festival Clazz Latin Jazz (Spain, 2013), Best Band Award at the Europa Fest International Competition (Romania 2013) and the Fraternity Award (Israel-Uruguay ,2017).
Since the year 2017, he has been the Instructor for Strings at theBerklee College of Music, Valencia.
Polo Ortí: piano
Federico Nathan: violin
Sergio Martínez: percussion