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Master of percussion in jazz and flamenco and one of the most original and innovative composers.
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Guillermo McGill

Drummer, percussionist and composer, was born in Montevideo in 1965. He begins his career at the age os 15 playing with the Big Band of Taller de Musics in Barcelona and other jazz bands in this city. In 1986 he moved to Madrid where he began playing with Flamenco Dance Company of Manuela Vargas. Since then he has played alongside great musicians of jazz and flamenco as Barry Harris, John Abercrombie, Kenny Wheeler, Tete Montoliu, Wallace Roney, Joe Pass, Juan Maya "Marote" Paco de Antequera, Adela Jacket, Rafael Riqueni Javier Colina, Chano Dominguez, Esperanza Fernandez, Juan Manuel Cañizares, Carles Benavent, Jorge Pardo, Enrique Morente, Julian Arguelles, Ronan Guilfoyle, Brad Meldhau, Kurt Rosenwinckel, Marc Turner, Ed Simon, Dave Binney, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Paolo Fresu, Dave Liebman, Perico Sambeat, Marc Johnson, Eliane Elias, Giovanni Hidalgo, Furio di Castri, George Mraz, and so on., great dancers such as Antonio Canales, Joaquin Grilo, Tommy, Pepe Torres, La Tole, etc., and great singers and songwriters like Javier Ruibal, Martyrdom, Joan Manuel Serrat, Ana Belen, Marta Valdés, Armando Manzanero.

He has been three times awarded the first prize in the National Jazz competition for Young Musicians with three different bands and with the prize for the best original composition. Also won first prize in the National Jazz Composition Costest 1993 awarded by the SGAE: He worked as a teacher of the Conservatory in The Hague (The Netherlands), Taller de Músics in Barcelona, the Beijing Conservatory, the School of Creative Music, Taller de Músicos de Madrid, International Seminar of Zarautz, the College of Santa Fe de Bogotá, Universidad Carlos III, Majadahonda Conservatory, and so on.

In December 1999 he published his first album entitled "Los Sueños y El Tiempo" in book-CD format, with nine original compositions and a selection made by himself of texts from twelve books by María Zambrano. In this recording collabotrated musicians as Julian Argüelles , Chano Dominguez, Javier Colina, Rodolfo Mederos, Efrain Toro, Eva Duran, Juan Diego, Raul Rodriguez, Paloma Alfonsel, Victor Ambora and Jorge Pozas. In December 1999 included in the cycle "Jazz Viene del Sur" performed at Teatro Central in Seville, with a special show in which David Peña Dorantes, Esperanza Fernandez, Juan Carlos Romero, Manuel Soler, Ed Simon, Dave Binney and Javier Colina worked with him.

He composed the soundtrack for the show "Circo de Pultgas" by Jesus Nieto and together with Juan Cortes, the header music and music for the choreography of Rafael Amargo's TV program "Risin '

In May 2000 wrote the music for composed the piece "El Júbilo" commissioned by the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, played by Esperanza Fernandez, a string quintet, piano, harmonica and percussion. In 2001 and 2002 and participates in the recording of the film "Calle 54" directed by Fernando Trueba's as part of the sextet with Chano Dominguez, and also in the trio with Eliane Elias and Marc Johnson. In April 2002 he toured and recorded his second CD entitled "Cielo" in which Julian Argüelles, Bernardo Sassetti and Tjitze Vogel participated.

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Ana Salazar

In February 2003, performs during two days at Lincoln Center in New York with the sextet of Chano Domínguez and Wynton Marsalis, with whom he returned to play in the festivals of Vitoria, the Grec in Barcelona and the Palau de la Música Valencia. That year also made the production of the first album of the young Flamenco pianist Juan Cortes. He also produced and arranged the music of Edith Piaf's tribute album of the young singer and dancer Ana Salazar, which recently has been awarded the prize for best non-French production of SACEM, the authors' society of France.
In early 2004 he recorded with Martirio, Chano Dominguez and George Mraz on bass the second CD dedicated to the Spanish "copla", with a big band and symphony orchestra of RTVE recoding in it. He took also part on the recording and design of the percussion of the soundtrack for the film by Miguel Bardem, "Incautos", with music by Juan Bardem, winner of the award for best soundtrack at the Malaga Film Festival 2004. In September of 2004 he published his third CD, "Oración", together with his usual quartet (Julian Argüelles, Bernardo Sassetti and Tjitze Vogel), in collaboration with the great saxophonist Dave Liebman.

In April 2006, returnes to the Teatro Central in Seville, as director of a project involving Javier Colina, Ana Salazar, Michel Portal and Diego Amador. Since the 2005/2006 year is main teacher at the Higher School of Music of the Basque Country "Musikene". He has published a drawer method for learning to play the Flamenco "Cajon" and the Flamenco Jazz Real Book, edited by RGB Visual. In December 2007 released the album "Claros del Alma" by Ana Salazar, in which he participated as a producer, arranger and instrumentalist. In February 2008, presented his fourth album entitled "Tan Cerca", recorded with musicians from his band.

Guillermo McGill's line-ups

Guillermo McGill band
Martí Serra, sax
Israel Sandoval, guitar
Josep Cucurella, bass
Josete Ordoñez, Flamenco guitar
Ana Salazar, vocal and dance (special guest artist)
Guillermo McGill, drums

Guillermo McGill Quartet
Martí Serra
Israel Sandoval
Josep Cucurella
Guillermo McGill


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