“Total facemelt music. Just what I needed today.“ – Nate Chinen (New York Times, NPR)
“It’s really new stuff – the first time you will hear anyone doing what he is doing. That’s my favorite kind of guitar surprise. I urge you to check his The Compass CD out!” – Henry Kaiser
Álvaro Domene is a Madrid-born, New York based guitarist and composer operating at the convergence of various styles of contemporary creative music. His sound and compositions are influenced by the avant-garde jazz and modern classical traditions, as well as heavy musics. Recent collaborators include Briggan Krauss, Jim Black, Joe McPhee, Karl Berger, Michaël Attias, Mike Pride, Peter Apfelbaum, Ches Smith, Michael Bisio, and Fred Lonberg-Holm. Domene attended the jazz program at Middlesex University in London, and studied under Chris Batchelor, Elliott Sharp, and John Stowell. He is an active performer in New York City’s jazz and creative music scene, leading various groups in addition to working with numerous artists. His work has been positively reviewed by Jazzwise, New York City Jazz Record, All About Jazz, Guitar Moderne, El Intruso, Tomajazz, and many other specialized media outlets like Avant Music News, on which a recent release, “Synaptic Self” by the trio dMu, was included in the list of “Best Albums of 2016”. Álvaro’s latest and first solo record, “The Compass”, was featured “Record of the Week” also on Avant Music News, along with John Coltrane’s “Lost Album”. In addition, Álvaro is the artistic director and curator at the Singularity Music Series in Kingston, New York.
Álvaro Domene is a Madrid-born, New York based guitarist and composer operating at the convergence of various styles of contemporary creative music. His sound and compositions are influenced by the avant-garde jazz and modern classical traditions, as well as heavy musics.
He has been part of the jazz and improvised music scenes of both London (UK) and Madrid (Spain) up until his relocation to New York 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), LENTICLOUDS (with Briggan Krauss and Ches Smith), CIELO VIVO (with Michaël Attias and Colin Hinton), SIERPE (with Devin Gray and Josh Sinton), and Chris Packham’s THERE YOU ARE.
Álvaro holds a BA (Honours) in Jazz Guitar and Performance from Middlesex University in London, and has studied with Stuart Hall, Elliott Sharp, Chris Batchelor, John Stowell, Nikki Iles, Rob Townsend, Malcolm Edmonstone, and Jonathan Kreisberg.
He has worked with: Karl Berger, Briggan Krauss, Michaël Attias, Jim Black, Joe McPhee, Ches Smith, Teun Verbruggen, Michael Caratti, Mike Pride, Ben Goldberg, Peter Apfelbaum, Michael Bisio, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Josh Sinton, Ingrid Sertso, Kim Cass, Kato Hideki, Eli Wallace, Jeremy Carlstedt, Chris Corsano, David Binney, Brandon López, Tani Tabbal, Colin Marston, Sana Nagano, Ron Stabinsky, Sarah Manning, Chris Bono, David González, Marc Urselli, Devin Gray, Lukas Koenig, Rick Parker, Harvey Sorgen, Andrew Drury, Nick Millevoi, Rosie Hertlein, Lindsey Horner, Salomé Limón, Álvaro Pérez, Chris Packham, Matteo Pastorino, and 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.
In addition, Álvaro is the artistic director and curator at the Singularity Music Series in Kingston, New York.
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 guitar program at Wingspan Arts.