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The 5th Mediterranean Jazz Festival in New York City features Manel Fortia Trio

Music.  New York, 12/05/2022

After a two year hiatus due to the pandemic, the organizers are excited to announce the 5th edition of the Mediterranean Jazz Fest on May 21st and 22nd at Drom NYC. Over the years the festival has grown and become a highlight among New York music festivals. Besides featuring artists that present their latest projects and albums, the festival has always aimed at curating and presenting unique collaborations. This year will be no different with an exciting lineup of groups from around the Mediterranean.

Barcelona based double bassist Manel Fortià is living a very inspired and productive period. In the last two years alone he has released several prolific albums with very distinct projects: “Despertar”(2022, Microscopi), featuring original pieces that came to life during a extended stay in New York and were later recorded with his new European Trio with Marco Mezquida and Raphaël Pannier; “Arrels”(2021, Microscopi), the debut recording of his free-flamenco-jazz project Libérica which was in the top ten Jazz Albums of 2021 by the prestigious Enderrock magazine; the original folk-jazz duo album “Fang i Núvols”(2020, Microscopi) with Catalan singer Magalí Sarewas and “Estándares” alongside Chano Dominguez, Antonio Lizana and Marc Miralta.

Manel’s 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, Bill McHenry, Ari Hoenig, Arturo O’Farrill, Chano Dominguez, Stephane Belmondo, Scott Hamilton, Dena Derose… at some of the most prestigious Jazz festivals and clubs worldwide with different projects of his own.

Wonderful interaction and beautiful compositions are highlighted on this recording. I hear the influence of Spain throughout. – Dave Liebman

Manel Fortià will be accompanied on piano by Albert Marquès.

Albert Marquès is a Catalan transplant from Spain whose passion at the piano is only matched by his huge humanity and kindness. This is not cartoon jazz, or a stereotypical Latin Jazz trio. It is modern, fusing elements of Rock, Jazz, Flamenco, and R&B with a healthy dose of introspection, and not a fake moment in the recording. Every note is played with grit, reality, and love. – Arturo O’Farrill


The 5th Mediterranean Jazz Festival NYC

Manel Fortià Trio presents Despertar

Drom NYC, 85 Avenue A

Saturday, May 21, 7:00pm

Manel Fortià – double bass
Albert Marqués – piano
Vinnie Sperrazza – drums

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