Pianist & composer Polo Ortí 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.
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 (2009). 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 staging various concerts in the Canaries and a tour in Japan. In recent years Polo has performed numerous concerts nationally & internationally, leading his own band or collaborating with other musicians. He has been living in Valencia for the past eight years, where he teaches piano in the Master of Contemporary Performance department at the Berklee College Of Music.
The band’s members are Polo Ortí (keyboards), Israel Sandoval (electric guitar), Víctor Merlo (electric bass) & Juanjo Ortí (drums). These highly trained musicians with their individual extensive experience, forming the Polo Orti Group, will present a repertoire of their own compositions, which undoubtedly will be interpreted with personal vision & great dedication, fruit of many years immersed in the world of music.
Polo Ortí Group
Polo Ortí : piano
Víctor Merlo: bass
Juanjo Ortí: drums
Israel Sandoval: guitar