Albert Vila

Albert Vila started his musical studies at “Taller de Musics”, Barcelona. He studied with Andy Rossety, J. Luis Gamez and other musicians. He was accepted to the Conservatory of Amsterdam in 1999 and enrolled in the “jazz guitarist performance” program. There he also had the chance to study with Jesse Van Ruller. He won the Dutch Jazz Competition’s first prize for “Gym Jam”, his composition. He was awarded a scholarship by the conservatory to attend the prestigious “Manhattan School of Music” graduate program in New York the following year. There he learned from Rodney Jones and Dave Liebman. After completing his post-graduate studies, he returned to Barcelona in 2007. He decided to start a new project after he returned from Barcelona. The Albert Vila quintet won the Donosti national competition “Debajazz” in 2007. It was also the year Fresh Sound New Talent released his first album, “Foreground Music”. Albert released “Tactile”, his second album on Fresh Sound New Talent in 2011. It featured seven new songs. He has been touring throughout Europe and Spain, and was warmly received by the critics and the public. Albert’s 2012 album was presented in trio form by Jorge Rossy, the drummer, and Reinier Elizarde, who will be performing well-known American jazz standards. He also won the Jazz Hoeilaart first prize for one of his songs. 2014: Joins the Jazz Master program at the Koninklijk conservatory in Brussels. In 2015, he was performing and teaching alongside: Greg Hutchinson, Greg Goldberg, Greg Hutchinson, and Reuben Rogers at International Jalisco Jazz Festival. He releases “The Unquiet Sky”, his latest album, in February 2016. Recorded in NY, it features some of the most innovative voices in jazz today: Aaron Parks on piano, Doug Weiss and Jeff Ballard on bass. from

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