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Javier Subatin was born in Buenos Aires in 1985.


At the age of ten, he felt the calling for music and guitar playing. When he was 14 he started composing music for guitar and different ensembles and his curiosity about music led him to study jazz guitar, improvisation and composition with several teachers. 


In 2005 he completed the first year of the Bachelor on Electroacoustic Composition at the Quilmes University and in 2008 he got a Bachelor’s degree in popular music with a specialization in Tango guitar. Between 2012 and 2013 he studied music production at INARTEC. In 2014, he moved to Paris where he worked on different projects including Tango ensembles, private teaching and composing original music for a stage production.

 

In the past years, he was selected to participate in various international contests and festivals such as the Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition 2015, Komeda Jazz Composers Competition 2017, the Euroradio Jazz Competition 2019 at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, So What’s Next? Jazz Festival 2020, Südtirol Jazz Festival 2019 and Gaudeamus Music Week 2020. 

"Absolutely remarkable and not to be missed."

Rui Eduardo Paes @ Jazz.pt

He started his path as a composer and guitarist in the European jazz scene in 2018 with the release of his first recording “Autotelic” and in the course of three years, he released four recordings. Additionally, in 2018 and 2019, he won a grant from Fundação GDA for the production of his second album “Variaciones” and for his fourth album "Mountains".


His first recording, “Autotelic”, is based on a duo of piano and guitar with the renowned Portuguese jazz pianist João Paulo Esteves da Silva. His second album, “Variaciones”, has the collaboration of some of the most relevant jazz musicians from Portugal. His third recording (Trance), which was released by Ears&Eyes Records in November 2020, is based on a trio of guitar, alto saxophone and drums. With this project, he performed in festivals such as Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Südtirol Jazz Festival and Somersby Out Jazz. In 2021, he released two more recordings. "Mountains" is a jazz trio recording plus guests featuring some of the most active improvisers of the current jazz Portuguese scene (Demian, Cabaud, Pedro Melo Alves, João Mortágua, Samuel Gapp and Ricardo Jacinto). His last release "PULSAR" is a solo recording in which Javier explores the sonic possibilities of the guitar.

"Mountains finds Javier Subatin building on a series of strong recordings in the past few years"

Jim Marks @ Free Jazz Blog

In 2020, he founded the Composers and Improvisers Community Project (CICP) where musicians from different parts of the world release solo performances in video format and collaborative recordings produced remotely. Currently, the CICP project includes musicians from Portugal, Italy, Finland, Argentina, the United States, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and is constantly growing. In 2021, Javier produced a series of 20 live streaming performances with the support of the Antena 2 radio station. And he co-founded the new international record label based in Portugal "Habitable Records".

Highlights
 

  • Grant from Fundação GDA (2020) for the production of his fourth album “javier subatin trio” (to be released during 2021).

 

  • Semi-finalist at the Montreux Jazz Festival Guitar Competition 2015.

 

  • Finalist at the Óscar Alemán International Jazz Guitar Competition 2002.

  • Pensando Vientos. Selected piece at the Royal Music Association Annual Conference 2018 (England) - The Bristol Ensemble conducted by John Pickard.