Pablo Suñé

Jazz Trio + Strings

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Jazz Artist Pablo Suñé Releases Debut Album Luz del Estero

 

American jazz, contemporary Argentine tango, and strings combine on this sophisticated debut album

 

17 October 2017 - Luz del Estero, the debut album by Argentine-American Pablo Suñé is an evocative fusion of American jazz, classical and modern Argentine tango and strings.  Full of style and imagination, Suñé’s voice in Spanish combines with elegant strings and guitar, which he plays with characteristic verve and flair.  After many years playing straight jazz, the album sees Suñé exploring his own story, and drawing on influences from Argentina and Brazil as well as North America.

 

The foundation for the album is the collaboration between Suñé and his jazz trio, which includes bassist Putter Smith and drummer Ramón Banda. The trio honed their sound in many of Los Angeles' top jazz venues.  Suñé decided to add strings to the mix and traveled to Budapest, Hungary to record with The Budapest String Quintet at the Budapest Music Center. The resulting sound is redolent and soothing, but also flamboyant at times. Says Suñé, “Who I am­–my life and background–is in this music. It is personal and intimate. I also hope other people will get to know themselves better by listening to it.”

 

The album opens with Uno es Nadie Otro es Nada and Luz del Estero, both written and performed by Suñé. Next come two instrumental tracks, Libertango and Fuga y Misterio, by legendary tango composer Astor Piazzolla. What is This Thrill? is a previously unreleased track composed and arranged by Grammy-award-winning jazz legend Alan Copeland. Listeners are also treated to a new arrangement by Copeland of the nostalgic Alas de la Mañana, a song written by influential singer-songwriter and guitarist Luis Alberto Spinetta.  Every track is markedly different from the next, and all are outstanding.

 

Sid Jacobs called Suñé, “A brilliant young musician. His talent, technique and his innate creativity are all evident in his musical contributions.” Born in Argentina, Suñé began playing guitar in Buenos Aires before emigrating to the US in 2002. He based himself in Los Angeles, where he now performs with his jazz trio as well as working on arrangements for orchestras for both films and television. As the founder of the Dinjes Music Therapy Center, he works with people with developmental disabilities, enabling them to improve their lives through music.

 

Luz del Estero is produced by Pablo Suñé and released on Suñé’s label Dinjes Inc. The album is available on CD and digital (Amazon / Spotify / iTunes).

 

For more information about Luz del Estero or for interviews please contact Dinjes Inc, 5418 Deane Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043. Tel 562-335-3049.

 

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Notes to Editor

 

·       Pablo Suñé is an Argentine guitarist, arranger, composer, and singer based in Los Angeles performing with his jazz trio, with bassist Putter Smith and drummer Ramón Banda.

 

·       In addition to composing, arranging and performing, Suñé is passionate about the power of music to help people and is involved in both music therapy and music education. He is the founder of the Dinjes Music Therapy Center, which provides music therapy to people with developmental disabilities and is the musical director and music therapist at LA Goal Foundation in Culver City.

 

·       Patrick ‘Putter’ Smith was born in Bell, California and began playing bass at the age of eight. He has performed with Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Billy Eckstine, Diane Schuur, Burt Bacharach and Ray Charles among others.  He has played as a session musician on many recordings including those by Sonny and Cher, The Beach Boys, and The Righteous Brothers.

 

·       Ramón Banda has performed and recorded with many legends of jazz and Latin music including Dizzy Gillespie, Joey De Francesco, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, and Freddie Hubbard. He is well known for his work on timbales with the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band.

 

·       Alan Copeland is a Grammy award-winning musician and vocal arranger whose music and arrangements have been performed by Count Basie, Henry Mancini, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn and others. His single Mission Impossible/Norwegian Wood Medley performed by The Alan Copeland Singers won a Grammy Award for ‘Best Contemporary Performance by a Chorus’.

 

·       Astor Piazzolla was an Argentine tango composer, bandoneon player, and arranger. Born in Mar del Plata, his family moved to New York in the 1930s where he composed his first tango at the age of 11. Developing an innovative new tango music incorporating jazz he went on to become one of the foremost Latin-American composers of the twentieth century. In total, he created and worked with ten ensembles and wrote as many as 3000 musical compositions.

 

·       Luis Alberto Spinetta was an Argentine singer, guitarist, and composer. Born in 1950, he was one of the most influential rock musicians of South America and is considered the ‘father of Argentine rock’.

 

·       The Dinjes Music Therapy Center is a non-profit organization in Los Angeles providing music therapy to people with developmental disabilities.

 
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The Musicians

 

Vocals, Guitar / Pablo Suñé
Contrabass / Putter Smith
Drums / Ramon Banda

String Quintet:
Péter Mező violin -
Csongor Veér - violin
Bertran Veér - violin
Péter Kondor - viola
Mátyás Ölveti - cello

 

 

Pablo Suñé's Bio

Argentine-American jazz guitarist, arranger, composer and singer Pablo Suñé combines his dazzling talent on the guitar with a passion for arranging. Sid Jacobs called Suñé, “A brilliant young musician. His talent, technique and his innate creativity are all evident in his musical contributions.” This brilliance is more than apparent in Suñé’s debut album Luz del Estero, which combines his voice in Spanish with elegant strings and guitar, which he plays with characteristic verve and flair. 

 

Born in Argentina, Suñé began his career playing guitar in bars around Buenos Aries, where he sought out other musicians who confirmed his beliefs about the potential power of music. From the beginning, he was inspired by American jazz, especially guitar legends Peter Bernstein, Ron Eschete and Jim Hall, and saxophonist Dexter Gordon. He was also attracted to Argentine music, especially Luis Alberto Spinetta, Astor Piazzolla and Charly Garcia. His desire to meet some of the talented musicians, composers and arrangers he had spent so long listening to led him finally to Los Angeles, where he settled in 2002.
 

In LA Suñé met many musicians who influenced his playing, including Sid Jacobs, Jimmy Wyble, and John Pisano. In 2010, he met the legendary bassist Patrick ‘Putter’ Smith, having listened to him for many years. Smith recommended drummer Ramón Banda, who had performed and recorded with many legends of jazz and Latin music. Says Suñé, “I had been looking for a tree and found a whole forest”. The three began playing as a trio around LA, honing their sound in many of the city’s top jazz venues.
 

In 2012 Suñé met Alan Copeland, from whom he began to learn how to write for orchestras. Around the same time, he enrolled in the film scoring program at UCLA, which gave him the tools needed to learn to write for other instruments. “The sensation of hearing your music played by an entire orchestra is something I can only compare to the first time I heard The Beatles," he says.

 

Suñé passionately believes that music has the power to improve people’s lives and for the last 15 years, has been heavily involved with both music therapy and music education. He is the founder of the Dinjes Music Therapy Center, an organization providing music therapy to people with developmental disabilities, and he is the musical director and music therapist at the LA Goal Foundation in Culver City.

 

Suñé keeps a busy recording and performing schedule in LA, playing with his jazz trio, as well as working on arrangements for orchestras for film and television. His debut album Luz De Estero sees him exploring his own, personal story, and drawing on influences from Argentina, which combined with the sound of the jazz trio, has resulted in something truly unique.

 

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