Álvaro Domene is a Madrid-born, New York based guitarist and composer operating at the convergence of various styles of spontaneous and composed music. Recent collaborators include Briggan Krauss, Jim Black, Michaël Attias, Joe McPhee, Karl Berger, Mike Pride, Ches Smith,  Michael Bisio, and Fred Lonberg-Holm. Domene attended the jazz program at Middlesex University in London, and has studied under Chris Batchelor, Elliott Sharp, and John Stowell. He is currently composing a new piece for string quartet, also writing for his newly formed trio “Leaving The Sky in Splinters” (with drummer Kate Gentile and bassist Kim Cass), and promoting the release of his first solo guitar album, “The Compass”. He is also 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, 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”. His 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”.

Ambient clean tones morph into Wagnerian waves of distortion, as he employs the entire range of his 7-string guitar. Álvaro Domene has mastered the art of turning non-pitched abrasive sounds into a kind of beauty.” Michael Ross, Guitar Moderne.

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 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: Briggan Krauss, Michaël Attias, Jim Black, Joe McPhee, Ches Smith, Josh Sinton, Teun Verbruggen, Mike Pride, Ben Goldberg, Mike Bisio, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso, Kim Cass, Chris Corsano, David Binney, Brandon López, Colin Marston, Ron Stabinsky, Sarah Manning, David González, Marc Urselli, Devin Gray, Lukas Koenig, Rick Parker, Andrew Drury, Nick Millevoi, Rosie Hertlein, Eric Person, Lindsey Horner, Salomé Limón, Michael Caratti, 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.

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 guitar program at Wingspan Arts.