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by Manel Fortià Trio

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Dormir 04:05
Despertar 07:21


Barcelona-born bassist Manel Fortià bridges his Mediterranean and Spanish roots with the sounds of modern New York jazz on his trio album "Despertar", available May 12, 2022.

Meticulously composed and produced by Fortià, "Despertar" presents a musical self-portrait based on a selection of spirited originals, all inspired by his experiences while living in New York City between 2016 and 2020. The composer creates a mellow and personal music which touches on influences as varied as Charlie Haden, Keith Jarrett, Maurice Ravel and Paco de Lucía, among others.

Fortià’s extraordinary trio features two of the most prolific European jazz personalities of the new generation. Multi-award winning Spanish pianist Marco Mezquida (Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman, Bill McHenry, Chicuelo, Noa), understands Fortià's music deeply and performs with elegance and dynamism. The connection between these two artists and their ability to listen deeply was showcased on their critically acclaimed 2015 duo album "My Old Flame". Rounding out the trio is the revelatory French drummer Raphaël Pannier (Miguel Zenón, Aaron Goldberg, François Moutin) with whom Manel recorded the 2018 album "Bulería Brooklyniana" mixing Brooklyn jazz underground with flamenco. Joining them on that album was pianist Albert Marquès. With his huge palette of textures and sounds, Pannier brings the music to another level, infusing vital and foundational energy into the rhythm section.

“This album is very important to me because it reflects one of the most transcendent moments in my artistic life. I feel that living in NYC changed me tremendously and I grew a lot there,” Fortià says. “It is also the first time I recorded a full album featuring all my compositions. That I can share playing them with two of my favorite musicians with whom I have a great connection personally and musically, is like a dream come true.”

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The Spanish title "Despertar" translates into “awakening,” which references the last tune of the album, while, in contrast, the first one is called "Dormir" ("fall sleep"). Between these tracks we are on a dreamy journey of vital experiences, traveling to different places and moments in a very imaginative way that brings about the magic of Mediterranean culture.


released December 5, 2022

Manel Fortià - Upright bass and compositions

Marco Mezquida - Piano.

Raphaël Pannier - Drums.

Marc Piña: recording and mixing at el Local Studios.

Jeremy Loucas: mastering at Sear Sound Studios in NYC.


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Manel Fortià Barcelona, Spain

BCN/NYC upright bassist and composer. His melodic sense, rhythmic precision and creativity have made him one of the most unique and original musicians of the new generation, and have allowed him to perform with jazz luminaries such as Dave Liebman, Chris Cheek, Eliot Zigmund, Arturo O’Farrill, Chano Dominguez,… at some of the most prestigious Jazz festivals and clubs worldwide. ... more

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