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Fabian Almazan
Rhizome - the ChoreographyChoreography by Hannah Barnard in collaboration with Emily and Gwendolyn Petry. Director by Daniel Zimbler. Director of Photography - Ale Lampietti. Edited by Dominick Nero.SHAREVIEW

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Mon Oct 13 15:26Very much looking forward to performing with Camila Meza's band tonight at the Iridium. 8 & 10 pm sets.
Wed Oct 01 03:38It’ll be a privilege to be back at the Jazz Standard this Wednesday through Sunday to play with the Terence Blanchard Group.
Fri Sep 26 20:15A friend of mine told me about this film. Looks really good & I'm hoping to see it when it's out http://t.co/Slmeh9nuJb
Wed Sep 24 15:22Looking forward to playing from Thursday until Sunday with the Terence Blanchard group in Blues Alley this weekend
Mon Sep 22 00:38the march today was incredible
Wed Sep 10 19:02Very much looking forward to these next three gigs with Walter Smith III group in NY and LA http://t.co/Yg1KLIDR2x
Mon Sep 08 19:43Rhizome received a New Jazz Works grant from Chamber Music America. Congratulations to all of the other recipients! http://t.co/QWZjBYDWZU
Fri Sep 05 20:38there are far more important things going on in the world than this but in case you missed us at the vanguard... http://t.co/td2QJrIK0F
Wed Sep 03 18:16my phone went pooph. gone. please email me if you want to get in touch
Thu Aug 28 01:51Recording the duo music with Camila Meza tomorrow. Chicago with Terence next day. Hope all is well with all
Sat Aug 16 21:05I've been having a great time playing with Rhizome at the Village Vanguard. We have two nights left http://t.co/OtBs3YliLW
Wed Aug 13 05:03I'm feeling very fortunate to do what I get to do. 1 night down, 5 to go http://t.co/zASRc2ff0s
Sun Aug 10 20:56Would love to share the music with you all. Rhizome & I will be performing at the Village Vanguard Aug 12-17. Thank you
Wed Aug 06 04:00Check out the Musician's Show on 89.9 WKCR from 6-9 today. I'll be speaking about my work as well sharing my favorite music to listen to.
Sat Aug 02 18:36http://t.co/LA5UlP8QKr
Sat Aug 02 17:08This is tomorrow and I can't wait... http://t.co/GYxlY0Cs9i
Sat Jul 26 15:18http://t.co/9NAVDAJFE3
June 25, 2014Downbeat PollIt's an honor to be included in a list with such brilliant pianists. I admire and respect them all. A very humble thank you.
June 4, 2014scores and sheet music availble todaySheet music from Rhizome and Personalities Available today! Please go to the STORE section of www.fabianalmazan.com to buy your sheet music today!
March 18, 2014Rhizome out today!!Completely ready to share the music with everyone!
October 17, 2013RHIZOME PROJECTThank you to everyone who uploaded a picture to http://www.rhizomeproject.com/home-eng.php
October 15, 2011PragueHad a great experience in Prague playing the piano part and observing how Terence and George worked together during the recording for "Red Tails," a George Lucas film.
September 20, 2011Sundance 2011Will be attending the prestigious 2011 Sundance Composers Lab and will have the honor to work with director Yolanda Cruz .
February 18, 2011Heroes of Make BelieveBryan and the Aardvarks CD Release "Heroes of Make Believe". I am very happy to announce that this CD is available for you. I am very proud to have performed on and co-produced this CD with a group of guys that I love as people and musicians. Hope you enjoy.
December 6, 20102010 Brandon Fradd AwardThe Cintas Foundation announced Fabian Almazan as the winner for the 2010 Brandon Fradd Award in Music Composition. The 2010 jury for the prestigious Brandon Fradd Award in Music Composition included Roger Bourland, Professor and Chair of the Music Department at University of California, Los Angeles; Richard Danielpour, Composer and Professor at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, New York City and Raul Murciano, Jr., Program Director at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami. The award, named after Brandon Fradd managing director of Apollo Medical Partners, generously funded the endowment for the fellowship in music composition, which is now an annual fellowship. Past music fellows include Sergio Barroso, Mario Bauza (known as the father of AfroCuban jazz), Jose Bernardo, Aldo Rafael Forte, Julian Orbon, Tania Leon and Orlando Jacinto Garcia.
May 19, 2010Just WrightFox Searchlight Picture released "Just Wright", a film starting Queen Latifah and Common, directed by Sanaa Hamri in which the Fabian Almazan composition "H.U.G.s" is performed on screen by the Terence Blanchard Group (Fabian Almazan on piano, Kendrick Scott on drums and Ben Street on bass)
August 24, 2009ChoicesHappy to announce that Terence Blanchard's new recording "Choices" is out!

Pianist and composer Fabian Almazan, a native of Cuba now residing in New York City, 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 fled Cuba in political exile 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 won the piano chair for 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 Almazan received the Cintas Foundation 2010/11 Brandon Fradd Award in Music Composition. The award 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 2011 where he studied with such acclaimed film composers as Harry Gregson-Williams, Alan Silvestri, George S. Clinton, Christopher Young, Ed Shearmur and Peter Golub. Personalities, Fabian’s debut album, has was released October 2011 and it featured Linda Oh, Henry Cole, Meg Okura, Megan Gould, Karen Waltuch and Noah Hoffeld. For the past four years Fabian has been the pianist for the Terence Blanchard Group and has toured North and South America, Asia and Europe extensively. Almazan has had the opportunity to share the stage with such artists as Gretchen Parlato, Paquito D'Rivera, Christian Scott, Chris Dingman, David Sanchez, Stefon Harris, Kendrick Scott and Ambrose Akinmusire among others.

Fabian Almazan
Rhizome

2014
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Fabian Almazan
Personalities

2011
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Linda Oh
Initial Here

2012
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Terence Blanchard/George Lucas
Red Tails

2012
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Jake Saslow
Crosby Street

2011
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Nils Weinhold Quintet
Shapes
2011
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Chris Dingman
Waking Dreams

2011
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Bryan and the Aardvarks
Heroes of Make Believe
2011
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Sanaa Hamri/Terence Blanchard
Just Wright

2010
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Ambrose Akinmusire
JazzMix: Live in NYC [Blu-ray]

2010
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Justin Janer
Following Signs

2010
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Suresh Singaratnam
Lost in New York
2009
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Terence Blanchard Group
Choices

2009
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Terence Blanchard/Spike Lee
Miracle at St. Anna

2008
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The Cuban-born pianist Fabian Almazan is moving quickly. On his first album, “Personalities,” from two years ago, he showed that he was serious about piano-trio music as well as how to add string-quartet arrangements to tightly woven jazz without making a mess. On “Rhizome,” coming out later this month from Blue Note/ArtistShare, he’s gone further into making hybrid composed-improvised music —Ben RatliffNew York Times
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If the two albums are emblematic of any trend, they reveal a generation of musicians with training in jazz, classical and other styles successfully chipping away at the walls between genres and cultures, or simply enjoying freedoms afforded by natural decay. Both CDs feature vocalists and original lyrics, integrated within mostly instrumental frameworks in ways that also suggest the erosion of the lines between sung songs and small-ensemble jazz compositions....Larry BlumenfeldWall Street Journal
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Pianist Fabian Almazan took the stage for his first set of the night at New York’s Village Vanguard on Aug. 15 without a word. With his septet, consisting of a rhythm section and string quartet, he launched into a lush and languid version of “Stormy Weather.” His striking arrangement of the standard also appears on his gorgeous new album, Rhizome (ArtistShare/Blue Note). How many times had that song been played in the cramped and hallowed hall over the years?Kurt GottschalkDownbeat Magazine
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Around the midpoint of his first set at the Village Vanguard on Wednesday night, the pianist Fabian Almazan paused to explain the title of his most recent album, “Rhizome.” He touched on the botanical definition of the word, a rootstock from which multiple shoots typically emerge. Then he drew a parallel to humankind, saying that for all our differences, and “the violence in the world,” a core commonality lurks under the surface.Nate ChinenNew York Times
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As both a composer and pianist, Fabian Almazan masterfully manipulates a balance between lyricism and tension. His second disc is rich with moments of heart-swelling beauty roiled with subtle dissonances that promote stunning, continuously unfolding harmonic growth. Rhizome is a tender and transporting set of chamber pieces borrowing from jazz, modern classical and echoes of the artist’s Cuban heritage. It’s a sound both joyful and achingly poignant.Jeff PotterDownbeatSHARE
This album is about so much more than Almazan's gifts as an improviser and instrumentalist. Rhizome is too diverse to be called a concept album. But it is a single arc, a deep personal reflection on our present moment. His work with Terence Blanchard has revealed him as a brilliantly expressive pianist. But the complexity of subject matter on Rhizome...Thomas ConradJazz Times
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Mr. Almazan, placid and serious, immersed in sound, the kind of musician who's more fascinated by text than context, was born in Havana, the son of the bass player Rafael Almazán. His family moved briefly to Mexico when he was 9, then sought political asylum in the United States, settling in Miami. In Mexico he started piano lessons, and in Miami his parents bought a pianoBen RatliffNew York Times
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Much like the best of his contemporaries, Mr. Almazan revels in the space between musical styles, and between form and improvisation. As Ms. Oh explained, "What he gives us on the page isn't necessarily what we have to do. He wants us on the same page in a deeper sense." Mr. Almazan's new CD is meant, he said, "to reflect the people I've encountered in my life." These include strangers overheard on the street and his mother, as captured in the old snapshot from Havana that inspired a poignant original ballad, "Una Foto." What he achieves is personal, based on reflection, the sound of a man finding his place in a world that, musically speaking, can defy borders.Larry BlumenfeldWall Street Journal
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"Some days I love this city, and some days I hate it," said pianist Fabian Almazan, sounding every bit the typical New Yorker. Now 27, he's lived here for nearly nine years, having arrived to attend the Manhattan School of Music. He recalled the displacement he felt at age 9, when his family left Havana, Cuba, arriving first in Mexico and then, six months later, in Miami, seeking political asylum. "It was a hard adjustment, really jarring," he said.

Pianist Fabian Almazan starts a six-night run at the Village Vanguard on Tuesday. Today, the living room of his Hamilton Heights apartment looks much like any young musician's, an orderly sprawl of instruments, technology and sheet music surrounding an upright piano.
Larry BlumenfeldWall Street Journal
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[Top Live Shows of 2012]
FABIAN ALMAZAN Sullivan Hall, Jan. 7. A young jazz pianist with a precise and fully formed sound, a great rhythm section (Linda Oh on bass, Henry Cole on drums) and a string quartet: tight and alert, it devoured its material, including his originals and a version of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 10.
Ben RatliffNew York Times
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I would bet that a lot of listeners — the festival sold out, with around 2,000 each night — were rooted to the spot, as they were probably hearing for the first time the pianist Fabian Almazan’s intense and crystalline trio music, sometimes augmented by a string quartet (a version of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 10 was a total ear-opener)Ben RatliffNew York Times
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Captivating young pianist Fabian Almazan has shown his mettle as a sideman with Terence Blanchard, Ambrose Akinmusire and others. In the latter half of 2011 he debuted as a leader with Personalities and appeared on Crosby Street, the worthy maiden voyage of tenor saxophonist Jake Saslow.

Personalities offers the fuller view of Almazan’s musicianship and artistic vision. The album begins out of left field, with a reworking of the third movement of Shostakovich’s String Quartet no. 10. Almazan supplements his trio (bassist Linda Oh and drummer Henry Cole) with a full string quartet and alters the soundscape further with electronics, making the music whoosh and dive and bend in the oddest ways. Gradually the electronic haze becomes a roar, eclipsing all else. But after a quiet break, the string quartet dominates for a long four minutes until the end. It’s a courageous opener and yet Almazan quickly puts the electronics aside. He switches to Rhodes for the trio number “H.U.G.s (Historically Underrepresented Groups)”, highlighting the taut yet flexible interplay between Oh and Cole that will dominate the album. The string quartet does return, however, for the title track, a nine-minute original with a bold, romantic sweep, yet none of the sheer eccentricity of the first cut. Almazan sings on his instrument, whether he’s surging on the fast tempos of “The Vicarious Life” and “Russian Love Story” or mining a dark and moody ballad like the 6/4 “Grandmother Song”. He also delves into his Cuban heritage with Carlos Varela’s “Bola de Nieve” and Antonio María Romeu’s “Tres Lindas Cubanas” - the latter complete with pops and cracks of old vinyl to affect a vintage danzón.David R. AdlerNew York City Jazz Record
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Captivating young pianist Fabian Almazan has shown his mettle as a sideman with Terence Blanchard, Ambrose Akinmusire and others. In the latter half of 2011 he debuted as a leader with Personalities and appeared on Crosby Street, the worthy maiden voyage of tenor saxophonist Jake Saslow.

Personalities offers the fuller view of Almazan’s musicianship and artistic vision. The album begins out of left field, with a reworking of the third movement of Shostakovich’s String Quartet no. 10. Almazan supplements his trio (bassist Linda Oh and drummer Henry Cole) with a full string quartet and alters the soundscape further with electronics, making the music whoosh and dive and bend in the oddest ways. Gradually the electronic haze becomes a roar, eclipsing all else. But after a quiet break, the string quartet dominates for a long four minutes until the end. It’s a courageous opener and yet Almazan quickly puts the electronics aside. He switches to Rhodes for the trio number “H.U.G.s (Historically Underrepresented Groups)”, highlighting the taut yet flexible interplay between Oh and Cole that will dominate the album. The string quartet does return, however, for the title track, a nine-minute original with a bold, romantic sweep, yet none of the sheer eccentricity of the first cut. Almazan sings on his instrument, whether he’s surging on the fast tempos of “The Vicarious Life” and “Russian Love Story” or mining a dark and moody ballad like the 6/4 “Grandmother Song”. He also delves into his Cuban heritage with Carlos Varela’s “Bola de Nieve” and Antonio María Romeu’s “Tres Lindas Cubanas” - the latter complete with pops and cracks of old vinyl to affect a vintage danzón. Sonic creativity abounds on Personalities, but there’s a bit too much reliance on flowing, spiraling harmonies in irregular meters, a common sound these days.

Jake Saslow’s Crosby Street finds Almazan in a more limited role, playing behind the able tenorist on four out of seven tracks. He doesn’t get a solo on “Early Riser”, but he fills out dreamy chords and doubles melodies and basslines, supporting guitarist Mike Moreno and bassist Joe Martin respectively. On “Taiga Forest”, however, Almazan solos first; he’s also prominent at the start of the tune with dissonant high- register clusters and motives under Saslow and Moreno’s unison theme. The pianist is also strong on the fast-paced title track and the straight-eighth ballad “How Things Were”, locking in creatively with Martin and drummer Marcus Gilmore. Saslow, for his part, does admirably with Horace Silver’s “Lonely Woman”, opting for a chordless trio format that shows off his rich tone and skillful pacing. But the finest thing on the record is the closing “Until Next Time” (without Almazan). The mood here, even the instrumentation to a degree, brings to mind Joe Lovano with Bill Frisell and Paul Motian (if one imagines Martin in the role of Charlie Haden). It’s a moment that promises even better records to come from this rising horn player and New York native.
David R. AdlerNew York City Jazz Record
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The Cuban-born, New York-based pianist and composer Fabian Almazan, 27, is developing the sort of career most young jazz musicians can’t fathom. Since 2007 he’s held the piano chair in the revered Terence Blanchard Quintet; when we speak for this piece, he’s just wrapped a wildly successful week headlining the Village Vanguard, in support of his acclaimed debut album, Personalities (Biophilia). “It was a dream come true,” he says of the gigs, which featured his trio with bassist Linda Oh and drummer Henry Cole, plus a string quartet. (He will return to the club with Oh and Cole Feb. 21-26.) “Everybody was really encouraging, and I learned a lot.”

Blanchard speaks of him in less modest terms. “Fabian is probably one of the great young talents of his generation,” the trumpeter says. “Once people really hear what he’s about and what he’s doing, they’re gonna be enriched.”

Certainly the notices Almazan’s received from his trio CD and live appearances bear out Blanchard’s prediction. So does his sound: a polished, careful touch that hints at his Latin heritage (particularly when he plays songs from the Cuban repertoire), but utilizes the angular rhythms and advanced harmony of 21st-century jazz. If he gets his way, however, audiences will be enriched by him in another way. Almazan’s ambitions include not only the concert stage and recording studio, but the silver screen as well. “Right now I find myself listening to a lot of film music,” he says. “I’m becoming very interested in, sonically, what can happen with recorded music and film. That’s kind of what I’ve been experimenting with.”

Jazz musicians writing for film is nothing new.
Michael J. WestJazz Times
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If Shostakovich's third movement speaks of Almazan's interpretative daring then "The Vicarious Life" shouts his virtuosity as the trio works through the track's dizzying cadence. Almazan plays like a man possessed, at times flamboyantly, yet with masterful control, while his equally competent trio mates have their own bright moments such as Cole's intro on "H.U.Gs (Historically Under-Represented Groups)" and Oh's punchy solo in "Russian Love Story."Mark F. TurnerAllAboutJazz.com
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27-year-old pianist Fabian Almazan dispels any idea that he’s pursuing a conventional path with his debut album pretty quickly. Though taking a run at classical music isn’t too surprising in jazz’s musically omnivorous universe, Almazan’s approach is as his piano gives way to delicate strings, which are slowly squelched and melted down into a wash of effects and percussion until the song resembles something from Radiohead’s wheelhouse before the melody returns with an unruffled grace.Chris BartonLA Times
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Fabian Almazan began creating some buzz with his sparkling piano chops in trumpeter Terence Blanchard's group on Choices (Concord Music Group, 2009). Originally from Havana, Cuba, Almazan is not only one of the young rising stars in New York, but is also classically trained and has received a number of awards as a composer in film, chamber and orchestral projects.Mark TurnerAll About Jazz
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The Cuban-born, New York-based pianist and composer Fabian Almazan, 27, is developing the sort of career most young jazz musicians can’t fathom. Since 2007 he’s held the piano chair in the revered Terence Blanchard Quintet; when we speak for this piece, he’s just wrapped a wildly successful week headlining the Village Vanguard, in support of his acclaimed debut album, Personalities (Biophilia). “It was a dream come true,” he says of the gigs, which featured his trio with bassist Linda Oh and drummer Henry Cole, plus a string quartet. (He will return to the club with Oh and Cole Feb. 21-26.) “Everybody was really encouraging, and I learned a lot.”

Blanchard speaks of him in less modest terms. “Fabian is probably one of the great young talents of his generation,” the trumpeter says. “Once people really hear what he’s about and what he’s doing, they’re gonna be enriched.”Michael J. WestJazz Times
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Captivating young pianist Fabian Almazan has shown his mettle as a sideman with Terence Blanchard, Ambrose Akinmusire and others. In the latter half of 2011 he debuted as a leader with Personalities and appeared on Crosby Street, the worthy maiden voyage of tenor saxophonist Jake Saslow.

Personalities offers the fuller view of Almazan’s musicianship and artistic vision. The album begins out of left field, with a reworking of the third movement of Shostakovich’s String Quartet no. 10. Almazan supplements his trio (bassist Linda Oh and drummer Henry Cole) with a full string quartet and alters the soundscape further with electronics, making the music whoosh and dive and bend in the oddest ways. Gradually the electronic haze becomes a roar, eclipsing all else. But after a quiet break, the string quartet dominates for a long four minutes until the end. It’s a courageous opener and yet Almazan quickly puts the electronics aside. He switches to Rhodes for the trio number “H.U.G.s (Historically Underrepresented Groups)”, highlighting the taut yet flexible interplay between Oh and Cole that will dominate the album. The string quartet does return, however, for the title track, a nine-minute original with a bold, romantic sweep, yet none of the sheer eccentricity of the first cut. Almazan sings on his instrument, whether he’s surging on the fast tempos of “The Vicarious Life” and “Russian Love Story” or mining a dark and moody ballad like the 6/4 “Grandmother Song”. He also delves into his Cuban heritage with Carlos Varela’s “Bola de Nieve” and Antonio María Romeu’s “Tres Lindas Cubanas” - the latter complete with pops and cracks of old vinyl to affect a vintage danzón. Sonic creativity abounds on Personalities, but there’s a bit too much reliance on flowing, spiraling harmonies in irregular meters, a common sound these days.
David R. AdlerNew York City Jazz Record
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Upcoming Performances

October 22, 2014 - Bazu, AzerbaijanTerence Blanchard with Orchestra
October 23, 2014 - Milano, ItaliaTerence Blanchard Electric Band
October 24, 2014 - MunichTerence Blanchard Electric Band
October 25, 2014 - Salzburg, AustriaTerence Blanchard Electric Band
October 28, 2014 - Volkshaus BaselTerence Blanchard Electric Band
October 29, 2014 - ZurichTerence Blanchard Electric Band
October 30, 2014 - StuttgartTerence Blanchard Electric Band
October 31, 2014 - Feldbach, AustriaTerence Blanchard Electric Band
November 2, 2014 - Tampere, FinlandTerence Blanchard Electric Band
November 7, 2014 - Gliwice, PolandTerence Blanchard Electric Band


Past Performances

October 13, 2014 - Camila Meza
October 1-5, 2014 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
September 25-28, 2014 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
September 20, 2014 - Diego Barber Duo
September 17, 2014 - Terence Blanchard w...
September 12 -13, 2014 - Walter Smith III Gro...
September 11, 2014 - Walter Smith III Gro...
August 29, 2014 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
August 12-17, 2014 - Fabian Almazan trio ...
August 1, 2014 - Linda Oh Group
July 27, 2014 - Fabian Almazan Camil...
July 19, 2014 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
July 18, 2014 - Terence Blanchard Gr...
July 12, 2014 - SANI FESTIVAL: "JAZZ...
July 3, 2014 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
June 28, 2014 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
June 26, 2014 - Rhizome
June 22, 2014 - Fabian Almazan Trio ...
June 22, 2014 - Defne Şahin Group
June 17, 2014 - Bryan and the Aardva...
May 30, 2014 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
May 25, 2014 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
May 24, 2014 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
May 22, 2014 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
May 20-21, 2014 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
May 20, 2014 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
May 15-17, 2014 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
May 15, 2014 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
May 13, 2014 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
May 8-9, 2014 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
May 7, 2014 - Fabian Almazan's Rhi...
May 3-4, 2014 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
April 29, 2014 - Fabian Almazan Trio
April 19, 2014 - Defne Şahin Recital
April 16, 2014 - Linda Oh, Camila Mez...
April 8-12, 2014 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
April 6, 2014 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
March 27-30, 2014 - *Fabian Almazan's Rh...
March 26, 2014 - Linda Oh Group
March 25, 2014 - Linda Oh Group
March 24, 2014 - Terence Blanchard Gr...
March 21, 2014 - Terence Blanchard Gr...
March 1, 2014 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
February 24-25, 2014 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
February 20- 23, 2014 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
January 30- February 10, 2014 - Japan tour w/ Kendr...
February 9, 2014 - Fabian Almazan, Vice...
February 6, 2014 - Alicia Olatuja, Fabi...
February 4, 2014 - Fabian Almazan, Vice...
February 3, 2014 - Alicia Olatuja, Fabi...
February 1, 2014 - Fabian Almazan, Vice...
January 31, 2014 - Fabian Almazan, Vice...
January 3, 2014 - Bryan & the Aardvark...
December 11-12, 2013 - Harish RaghavanQuart...
December 3, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
November 30, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
November 30, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
November 23, 2013 - Chris Dingman Group
November 22, 2013 - Chris Dingman's Grou...
November 18, 2013 - Desmond White "Short...
November 14, 2013 - Fabian Almazan & Cam...
November 14, 2013 - Fabian Almazan/Camil...
November 12, 2013 - Nicky Schrire- “To...
October 4, 2013 - Adam Larson group
September 22, 2013 - Rhizome (String quar...
September 13-4, 2013 - Jazz Gallery Commisi...
September 9-10, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
September 5-8, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
August 24, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
August 14-18, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
August 8-11, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
August 11, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
August 3, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
August 2, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
August 1, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
July 27-28, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
July 26, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
July 21, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
July 19, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
July 18, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
July 17, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
July 16, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
July 14, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
July 13, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
July 12, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
July 11, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
July 8, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
July 7, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
June 30, 2013 - Fabian Almazan Trio
June 28, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
June 27, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Op...
June 25, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Op...
June 23, 2013 - Recording Session
June 22, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
June 21, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Op...
June 19, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Op...
June 15, 2013 - Premier performance ...
June 13, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
June 12, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Gr...
June 5-6, 2013 - Mixing CD in L.A.
May 29-June 2, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
May 23, 2013 - Nils Weinhold
May 14, 2013 - Bryan and the Aardva...
May 11, 2013 - Gretchen Parlato
May 10, 2013 - Gretchen Parlato
May 8, 2013 - ERIMAJ and Fabian Al...
May 5, 2013 - Terence Blanchard
May 4, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
May 2, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
April 26, 2013 - Camila Meza Quartet
April 20, 2013 - Gretchen Parlato
April 19, 2013 - Gretchen Parlato
April 16, 2013 - Nicky Shrire
April 12-15, 2013 - Ike Sturm
April 3-7, 2013 - Terence Blanchard
March 31, 2013 - Maria Neckam
March 31, 2013 - Jazz Vespers
March 28-29, 2013 - Maria Neckam
March 24, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
March 23, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
March 22, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
March 12-17, 2013 - Fabian Almazan Trio ...
March 12, 2013 - Maria Neckam
March 9, 2013 - Walter Smith III gro...
February 22, 2013 - Bryan and the Aardva...
February 9, 2013 - National Jazz Museum...
February 9, 2013 - Bryan and the Aardva...
February 2, 2013 - NFL Players Associat...
January 26, 2013 - Nadje Noovdhuis CD R...
January 25, 2013 - Linda Oh Quartet
January 19, 2013 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
January 13, 2013 - Linda Oh Quartet
January 11, 2013 - Bryan and the Aardva...
January 9, 2013 - Sachal Vasandani
December 12, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
November 22, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
November 18, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
November 16, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
November 15, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
November 13-14, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
November 8-9, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
November 7, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
November 6, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
November 4, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
November 1-3, 2012 - Duc des Lombards
October 19-28, 2012 - "Champion" Workshop
October 18, 2012 - BRYAN AND THE AARDVA...
October 17, 2012 - Fabian Almazan Strin...
October 13, 2012 - Nils Weinhold Quinte...
October 7, 2012 - Fabian Almazan Strin...
October 5, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
September 30, 2012 - Nadje Noovdhuise Gro...
September 28-29, 2012 - Ben Wendel Group
September 19-22, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
September 6, 2012 - Nils Weinhold Quinte...
August 23-26, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
August 13, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
August 12, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
August 10-11, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
August 9, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
August 8, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
August 2-6, 2012 - Terence Blanchard
June 28- July 28, 2012 - Christian Scott Euro...
June 26, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
June 25, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
June 20-24, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
June 19, 2012 - Linda Oh Quartet CD ...
June 11, 2012 - Maria Neckam
June 10, 2012 - Bryan and the Aardva...
June 4-7, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
May 31, 2012 - Maria Neckam CD Rele...
May 30, 2012 - Fabian Almazan Trio
May 30, 2012 - Fabian Almazan Trio
May 25, 2012 - Maria Neckam
May 18, 2012 - Chris Dingman Waking...
May 16, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
May 12, 2012 - A Night of Improvise...
May 11, 2012 - Linda Oh Quartet
May 9, 2012 - Chris Dingman's Waki...
May 6, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
May 1, 2012 - Bryan and the Aardva...
April 28, 2012 - Daniel Ori CD releas...
April 14, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
April 9, 2012 - Maria Neckam
April 8, 2012 - Nils Weinhold Quinte...
March 29, 2012 - Sachal Vasandani Qua...
March 19-22, 2012 - Griffith Workshop II
March 9, 2012 - Linda Oh Quartet
March 8, 2012 - Nir Felder
March 1, 2012 - Nils Weinhold Quinte...
February 29, 2012 - Linda Oh Quartet
February 28, 2012 - Jake Saslow Quintet
February 26, 2012 - Fabian Almazan Trio
February 25, 2012 - Fabian Almazan Trio
February 24, 2012 - Fabian Almazan Trio
February 23, 2012 - Fabian Almazan Trio
February 22, 2012 - Fabian Almazan Trio
February 21, 2012 - Fabian Almazan Trio
February 18, 2012 - Sachal Vasandani Qua...
February 15, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
February 14, 2012 - Sachal Vasandani Qua...
February 12, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
February 1, 2012 - Terence Blanchard Qu...
January 28, 2012 - Justin Brown Group
January 19, 2012 - Sundance Film Festiv...
January 9, 2012 - Sachal Vasandani
January 8, 2012 - Kendrick Scott Oracl...
January 7, 2012 - Fabian Almazan Trio ...
January 7, 2012 - Justin Brown Group @...
NPR Fabian Almazan with StringsFabian Almazan Trio With String Quartet In Concert at Village Vanguardhttp://www.npr.org/event/music/141085472/fabian-almazan-trio-string-quartet-live-at-the-village-vanguard
Biophilia Recordshttp://www.biophiliarecords.com
RHIZOME PROJECTPhotomosaic of people... good people.http://www.rhizomeproject.com
Natural Resources Defense CouncilProtect the Environment - Take Action to Help Save Natural Resourcehttp://www.nrdc.org/action/
Bryan and the Aardvarkshttp://www.bryanandtheaardvarks.com
ScoringSessions.com article about "Miracle At St. Anna"http://www.scoringsessions.com/news/148/
NPR.org - Kendrick Scott: Consulting the Jazz 'Oracle'http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=19207655
Terence BlanchardTrumpeter/Composerhttp://www.terenceblanchard.com/
Ambrose AkinmusireTrumpeter/Composerhttp://www.ambroseakinmusire.com/
Suresh SingaratnamTrumpeter/Composerhttp://www.whoissuresh.com
camilameza.comChilean guitarist, singer & badass.http://www.camilameza.com
Linda OhBassist and composerhttp://lindaohmusic.com
ChocoAn incredible Cuban artisthttp://www.chocotallerdelsol.com/?lg=1
Photographer Vincent Soyezhttp://www.vincentsoyez.com/
Aestheticize MediaWeb/Graphic Design Solutionshttp://www.aestheticize.com/

Contact Fabian

Management

Second Son Productions

Contact: Vincent: vincent@secondsonproductions.com
tel: 504.302.9255



Fabian's Albums

Other Recordings

RHIZOME RECORDING SESSION 2013


PUBLICITY PHOTOS 2013


PHOTOS


PUBLICITY PHOTOS 2011


Rhizome - the ChoreographyChoreography by Hannah Barnard in collaboration with Emily and Gwendolyn Petry. Director by Daniel Zimbler. Director of Photography - Ale Lampietti. Edited by Dominick Nero.SHAREVIEW
Fabian Almazan w/ StringsLive in New York's Winter Jazz Fest
-video by Josh Semolik
SHAREVIEW
The Vicarious LifeFabian Almazan Trio with Linda Oh & Justin BrownSHAREVIEW
Rhizome Project/Proyecto RizomaThe main message behind this project is one intended to unite people from all walks of life and provide them with some inspiration to strive towards happiness, whatever that might mean for any given individual. The piece "Rhizome" was initially inspired by a passage I read in one of Carl Jung's books:SHAREVIEW
PersonalitiesDirected & Edited by Daniel ZimblerSHAREVIEW
Caracol CorriendoPortion of choral work commissioned by Jazz Gallery composed by Fabian Almazan.SHAREVIEW
Vicarious LifeFabian Almazan Trio with Linda Oh and Justin BrownSHAREVIEW
Fabian Almazan Solo - Jazz @ The BistroSolo by Fabian w/ Terence Blanchard Quintet Live in St. Louis, MOSHAREVIEW

VIDEO

Sundance Composers' Lab 2011Exercise No.1SHAREVIEW
First MatchDirected by: Olivia Newman

"First Match" tells the story of 14-year-old Monique "Mo" Morris, a Brooklyn-born teenage girl preparing for her first co-ed high school wrestling match and struggling to connect to her father, a former wrestler, and struggling single dad.
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Sundance Composers Lab 2011Exercise No.3SHAREVIEW
The Recorder ExamNine-year old Eunhee anxiously prepares for her recorder exam as she struggles to find a place within her own family.SHAREVIEW
Just WrightPerforming onscreen, Fabian Almazan composition "H.U.G.S" with Terence Blanchard, Ben Street and KADS.SHAREVIEW
Dovidil's First BiteDirector: Daniel ZimblerSHAREVIEW
Miracle at St.AnnaOpening Credits from the Spike Lee Joint "Miracle at St. Anna". Piece composed by Terence Blanchard, performed by Fabian Almazan.SHAREVIEW
The Recorder ExamDirected by: Bora Kim

Nine-year old Eunhee anxiously prepares for her recorder exam as she struggles to find a place within her own family.
SHAREVIEW
Dovidil's First BiteDirector: Daniel ZimblerSHAREVIEW

AUDIO

Fabian Almazan
Comedian's Apology
Fabian Almazan
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Fabian Almazan
Sundance Composers' Lab 2011 Exercise No.1
Fabian Almazan
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Terence Blanchard
Theme from 'Miracle at St. Anna'
Spike Lee - director
Fabian Almazan - piano
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Bryan Copeland
Today Means Everything
Bryan and the Aardvarks
Fabian Almazan - piano
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Bryan Copeland
Still I Dream
Bryan and the Aardvarks
Fabian Almazan - piano
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Bryan Copeland
When Night Falls
Bryan and the Aardvarks
Fabian Almazan - piano
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Suresh Singaratnam
Temporal Incursions
Suresh Singaratnam
Fabian Almazan - piano; Fraser Hollins - bass; Lee Pearson - drums
SHAREAMAZONCDBABYiTUNESLISTEN
Suresh Singaratnam
Remnants of Eternity
Suresh Singaratnam
Fabian Almazan - piano; Fraser Hollins - bass; Lee Pearson - drums
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Recordings

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Rhizome

2014
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Personalities

2011
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Sheet Music

A New Child in an Old Place
score & parts for: string quartet, piano, bass & drums

The inspiration behind this piece came from the time I have spent in New Orleans. I have observed that there is a new generation of children living in New Orleans that either were born after or were simply too young to remember experiencing hurricane Katrina. These children are happy and enjoying life in a place that underwent catastrophic difficulties. As a composer, I'm trying meld together two distinctly different reactions/interpretations of the same situation; one from the point of view of the children, in their infancy, wholly devoted to having fun - the other is that of the adult, who is trying to pick up the pieces of a catastrophic event and return to a normal, productive life. New generations of people have been sprouting forth for thousands of years on this planet and every single time, we enter this life as children, completely unaware of the dangers and challenges that inevitably form our identity and character throughout our lives. -fabian almazan
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El Coquí's Dream
score & parts for: string quartet & drums and/or percussion

This is a drum feature that I wrote for an amazing drummer, Henry Cole, originally from Puerto Rico, now living in New York City. The coquí is the single most distinctive animal in the island of Puerto Rico, a small tree frog with a distinctive call. The instrumentation for this piece is only drums and strings. The strings play pizzicato the entire time. I play around as a composer musically using the call of the coquí as a musical motif. The sound that results from having only percussion and pizzacato strings together is reminiscent of South American folk music played by guitar or harp-like instruments. 
 -fabian almazan
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Espejos
score & parts for: voice, string quartet, piano, bass & drums

I wrote this song, which is spanish for “mirrors”, right around the time of the  tragic Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. It was also the time period after the divisive 2012 elections in the U.S. and amidst the “Arab Spring” clashes happening in the Middle East. I was saddened as I observed people alienating themselves from each other based on their belief system. It seemed to me that they were isolating themselves from one another, resulting in tragedy brought forth by violence. People began viewing others as different things from themselves and thus strange and worthless. The idea behind the song “Espejos” is that we are all reflections of each other, and although we are all unique and distinct individuals, we are all shoots from the stem of the same rhizome and have been so for the thousands of years we’ve roamed this planet as a species.  -fabian almazan
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Hacia el Aire
score & parts for: voice(s), guitar, string quartet, piano, bass, drums

This composition was initially recorded with Terence Blanchard for the “Choices” album. Although it wasn’t intended to be a string quartet/trio piece, ever since we recorded it with Terence, I always heard it with the strings in my head so I decided to go forward and record it again with this instrumentation. The inspiration behind it is the following:There is a non-profit group in Washington, D.C. called the E.C.C (earth conservation corps). They take in troubled youths from the streets and offer them a decent paying job to clean up the Anacostia River, which is heavily polluted. One of the things they do is rehabilitate injured or sick bald eagles that live along the river. “Hacia el Aire” means “towards the air” and the reason for the title is that, as a result of the violence in the ghettos from where these young men and women came from, the E.C.C began naming the rehabilitated, released eagles after the people who took care of them, who had been shot to death in their neighborhoods. These kids were criticized for not “keepin’ it real” because they were working towards helping the environment instead of staying in the hood and doing what their peers were doing.... and for that, they were persecuted and harassed. I never met any of them, but this is my musical eulogy to them. -fabian almazan
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Jambo
score & parts for: string quartet, piano, bass, drums & percussion

Jambo means hello in Swahili. I took a trip to Kenya and this is the music that came out of it. It features Yosvany Terry on chekeré and Mauricio Herrera on batá on the original recording [Rhizome] so I encourage any ensemble that decides to perform this piece to invite as many percussionist as desired to play with them. In the final solo section, the strings are given different choices as to what they want to play- although it is not technically improvisation, the music provided makes an attempt to facilitate improvisation for non-improvising string players. -fabian almazan
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Personalities
score & parts for: string quartet, piano, bass, drums

This was my first attempt at composing music for an ensemble of a string quartet and piano, bass and drums. It is the title track of my first album. It includes an extended section for a piano and bass solo as well as the coda section which gives the drummer room to come forth with the rest of the ensemble supporting the energy. -fabian almazan
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Rhizome
score & parts for: voice(s), string quartet, piano, bass & drums

The main message of this piece is to unite people of all races and walks of life and provide them with inspiration to strive towards happiness, whatever that might mean for any given individual... The piece "Rhizome" was initially inspired by this quote I read in one of Carl Jung's books -fabian almazan:

“Life has always seemed to me like a plant that lives on its rhizome. Its true life is invisible, hidden in the rhizome. The part that appears above ground lasts only a single summer. Then it withers away—an ephemeral apparition. When we think of the unending growth and decay of life and civilizations, we cannot escape the impression of absolute nullity. Yet I have never lost a sense of something that lives and endures underneath the eternal flux. What we see is the blossom, which passes. The rhizome remains.”
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Sol del Mar
score & parts for: voice, guitar, string quartet, piano, bass, drums

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Book of 8 Original Scores
Only scores, no parts

Includes scores of A New Child in an Old Place, El Coquí’s Dream, Espejos (song), Hacia el Aire, Jambo, Personalities, Rhizome, Sol del Mar (song)
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Complete Rhizome/Personalities String Quartet Bundle
Scores & parts for: voice (s), guitar, string quartet, piano, bass, drums & percussion

Full Bundle includes "Book of 8 Original Scores" plus all of the following sheet music (scores & parts): A New Child in an Old Place, El Coquí’s Dream, Espejos (song), Hacia el Aire, Jambo, Personalities, Rhizome, Sol del Mar (song)
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