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FORTUNY LIBERT (SP)




FORTUNY LIBERT (SP)
Was born by the Atlantic Ocean, where his parents had moved because of his father's job. But they soon move back to Catalonia (Spain), where the Fortuny family is originally from. At the age of 7, Llibert begins his relationship with music. At first, he starts his musical notation, guitar and piano studies, but at 11, he starts playing the sax, which soon becomes his inseparable companion.In 1997, after obtaining the middle degree at the Conservatori de Música de Manresa with excellent qualifications, he gains a grant to study at Berkley College of Music in Boston (Massachusetts, USA). The year after is, without a doubt, the beginning of Fortuny's musical adventure in the United States, the country that shelters him, and where he is given the chance to study with prestigious masters such as Shannon LeClaire, Ed Tomassi, Hal Crook, Phil Wilson, Greg Hopkins, Ken Cervenka or Bill Pierce, among others. During his long stay in Boston, Fortuny is chosen to share the stage with musicians such as Chick Corea, the Greg Hopkins Band, the Ryles Club Big Band and the Boston Pops Orchestra, then conducted by Keith Lockarth. The outcome of this privileged experience in the United States is a merited Suma Cum Laude in May 2001.Fortuny later returns to Catalonia where he initiates his first musical project in Barcelona, the Llibert Fortuny Quartet, with Albert Bover (piano), David Mengual (bass), and Marc Miralta (drums), playing at various venues and festivals around Spain. The band soon record their first record: Un circ sense lleons, (Nuevos Medios,2004) with the special collaboration of Perico Sambeat (alto and soprano sax). Llibert Fortuny's career becomes highly active in 2002, when he receives the award for best jazz performer from the Associació de Músics de Jazz i Música Moderna de Catalunya. He also participates in a Miles Davis project with the former Orquestra de Cambra Teatre Lliure, under conductors Lluís Vidal and Josep Pons. He also performs in a series of concerts organised by the venue Jamboree with saxophonist Sonny Fortune, and as a duet with guitarist Jordi Farrés. One of the finest moments in his career takes place during November 2003, when Fortuny makes his first appearance with his Electric Quintet (then a quartet) at the 35th Barcelona International Jazz Festival. In August 2004, he is rewarded with the Puig-Porret award, granted by the Catalan music press, as the best jazz musician of the year. He works hard on his next project, the Llibert Fortuny Elèctric Quintet, accompanied by David Soler (guitar and pedal steel guitar), David González (electric bass), Dani Domínguez (drums) and Quim Puigtió (sound effects), with whom he had published his second album, Revolts (Nuevos Medios,2005). In 2005, the Quintet grows several sizes as the management of the 37th Barcelona International Jazz Festival asks Llibert to play the closure. For this event, Llibert puts together a big band, the Llibert Fortuny Electric Big Band, with some of the leading jazz and classical musicians on the Spanish scene. The concert is recorded and released as a double album CD/DVD called XXL (Nuevos Medios) in June 2006. Just after that, the Big Band plays at the foremost Spanish festivals: Barcelona's Grec Festival, San Sebastián, Madrid, Cartagena, etc.The news for 2007 is a new studio album with the Quintet called Double Step, which will be released in May on the Emarcy/Universal label, a very exciting new course for Llibert's career. Both the Quintet and the Big Band will be touring during the year. Llibert Fortuny has also participated in several other projects such as Chano Dominguez's New Flamenco Sound, Slaughter House 3 (with Gary Willis and Kirk Covington), Connexió Argan, Rodrigo Gonçalves Quintet (Portugal), Manel Camp.

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