ABOUT

Photo by Peter Gannushkin / downtownmusic.net
Photo by Peter Gannushkin / downtownmusic.net

Álvaro Domene is a Madrid-born, New York based guitarist, composer, and music educator operating at the convergence of various styles of spontaneous and composed music.

He has been part of the jazz and improvised music scenes of both London (UK) and Madrid (Spain) up until his relocation to NYC in the summer of 2015. He is now an active performer on New York City’s jazz and creative music scene, performing regularly with different ensembles and collaborators.

Recently, Domene’s compositions have been featured on critically acclaimed albums “Opik-3”, by the co-led trio ZÖBIK-3 (described as “the forefront of Spanish Jazz”” by Ocio por Madrid Magazine, and featured as album of the week on Avant Music News) and co-lead quartet Gran Masa’s self-titled debut, album of the week on RTFM Radio Australia. Both records are available on digital platforms and also through Cuneiform Records and the Downtown Music Gallery in New York City.

After his relocation to New York, Domene has been focused on his new group, DESVELO, comprised of NYC’s renowned creative musicians Briggan Krauss (alto saxophone), Josh Sinton (baritone sax/bass clarinet), and Mike Pride (drums). This explosive, genre-defying quartet presents an evolutionary progression in Domene’s compositional technique, boldly unifying elements of avant-garde jazz and modern classical music with experimental metal.

Other current projects include a duo with Briggan Krauss (“They move seamlessly from sound-sculpting to earth-scorching.” From The Free Jazz Blog’s review of the duo’s first release “Live at The Firehouse Space”), DMU (whose debut, “Synaptic Self”, made it into the Avant Music News “Best Albums of 2016″ list), SIERPE (with Devin Gray and Josh Sinton), LENTICLOUDS (with Briggan Krauss and Andrew Drury),  CIELO VIVO (new trio with Michaël Attias and Colin Hinton), and Chris Packham’s THERE YOU ARE.

Álvaro holds a BA (Honours) Degree in Jazz Guitar and Performance from Middlesex University in London, and has studied with Stuart Hall, Chris Batchelor, John Stowell, Nikki Iles, Rob Townsend, Malcolm Edmonstone, and Jonathan Kreisberg.

He has worked with: Briggan Krauss, Josh Sinton, Michaël Attias, Teun Verbruggen, Mike Pride, Ben Goldberg, David Binney, Marc Urselli, Devin Gray, Rick Parker, Andrew Drury, Nikki Iles, Salomé Limón, Michael Caratti, Álvaro Pérez, Nate Wood, Daniel García Bruno, Chris Packham, Matteo Pastorino, and many others.

In May 2013 he launched, along with old time friend and collaborator, drummer Michael Caratti, Iluso Records, an independent record label dedicated to support and disseminate genre defying music and unrestrained artistic expression.

Álvaro Domene is also very active as an educator in the NYC metropolitan area, working as guitar instructor for different music schools as well as teaching privately. He also directs the after school guitar program at Wingspan Arts.