Miguel Blanco

A composer, arranger and bass player, born in Barcelona. He graduated in arranging from the Berklee College of Music, Boston (USA). He is very experienced as an arranger, producer and conductor of various vocal bands, pop groups, big bands and symphony orchestras.

Always closely associated with Latin music, he has worked for Cuban artists such as Paquito D’Rivera, Omara Portuondo, Olga Guillot; New York musicians including Jerry González and Arturo O’Farrill and the Mexican Armando Manzanero. He has also worked with Spanish-speaking jazz and rock artists such as Miguel Ríos, Ariel Rot, M-Clan, La Unión, Pedro Iturralde, Pedro Ruy Blas, among others. An outstanding jazz composer, for various years he has led the Latin jazz septet La Calle Caliente, with whom he recorded three discs. He currently composes and arrangers his own music with the Afrodisian Orchestra, recording the CD "Mediterraciones" in 2009 on the Barco label.

He has been awarded various prizes as a composer, including the Primer Premio de Composición de Jazz de España on two occasions (1992 and 1995) and the Tercer Premio de Composición de Jazz Iberoamérica (La Habana, 1998). He also has various international prizes (Florence, Chicago, Boston).

During the mid 1990s he began teaching at the Escuela de Música Creativa, where he presently takes the subject Advanced Aural Training. He is also teaches jazz arranging at the Conservatorio Superior del País Vasco (Musikene).

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