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  • Selected piece and performance at the 21st Century Guitar international meeting (2021) with his solo project for prepared guitar and surround electronics.

  • 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.

Argentinian-born Javier Subatin is gradually imposing on the Portuguese jazz scene and way beyond with music that plays with the contrast of the familiar with the stranger. The rhythmic and harmonic elements of jazz emerge in the place that the history of the genre was destined for, and the melodic work is what we could expect from the intersection of the post-bop tradition with the music of its author’s geographical origins. Drenched in live, surround electronics. Very exciting!

(So What’s Next Jazz Festival)
 

Javier Subatin is gradually imposing on the Portuguese jazz scene with music that plays with the contrast of the familiar with the stranger. The rhythmic and harmonic elements of jazz emerge in the place that the history of the genre was destined for, and the melodic work is what we could expect from the intersection of the post-bop tradition with the music of its author's geographical origins, but the way in which it deals with these parameters make the recognizable, the usual, something completely different. […] A song that is frankly difficult is heard as if it were an easy thing, and if in it all the codes of “mainstream” jazz are respected, they come up with treatments that would be more expected in the “avant-garde” trends of the genre. What a nice surprise. 

(Rui Eduardo Paes  / jazz.pt)

 

[...] Gathering of technique with melodic integrity and sophistication. It begins simple and then blossoms into the infinite possibilities that exist in musical creation with the fluidity of jazz aligned to the structural temperance of classical music; the laid back Latin rhythms and the unpredictable and surprising factor of improvisation. 

(Cláudia Zafre / acordesdequinta.pt)

 

The history of contemporary jazz's happening here.

(altamont.pt)

 

[...] Very well done, rich in discoveries, in complexity, but never boring because it always carries a fresh breath. (Yves Dorison / culturejazz.fr)
 

A melodic narrative where the music flows like a kite in the air, carried by its own will, and yet in the safe hands of the musicians who give the music the greatest trust: to let go and play without a reel.

(Jakob Bækgaard / All About Jazz)
 

Javier Subatin […] has provided us with an authoritative work where there is an abundance of clarity of ideas, good taste, detailed elaboration.

(Sergio Piccirilli / elintruso.com)

 

Even when it goes wandering far and wide, the music [...] possesses a directness that brings the journey right to the listener rather than insisting on a chase to go after it. 

(Dave Sumner - Bird is the Worm)

 

Subatin has here a compositionally strong work.

(Filipe Freitas / Jazz Trail)

Javier Subatin was born in Buenos Aires in 1985 and he is now living in Lisbon.

 

His music was reviewed by many blogs and music magazines and was described as a “fine example of contemporary jazz finely chiselled and melodic at wish. Soft lyricism, inscribed in a sinuous universe” (culturejazz.fr).

 

He started his path in the current jazz scene in 2018 with the release of his first recording “Autotelic” with the support of Sintoma Records and Antena 2.

 

He was nominated to participate in various contests like Oscar Alemán Jazz Guitar Competition 2002, Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition 2015 and Komeda Jazz Composers Competition 2017.

 

Additionally, in 2018, he won a grant from Fundação GDA for the production of his second album “Variaciones”. And in 2019, he was a finalist in the Euroradio Jazz Competition at the Copenhaguen Jazz Festival in Denmark.

 

He currently has three projects in which he explores different group setups. 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. Variaciones had its debut presentations in 2019 in Hot Club de Portugal and Porta Jazz, and it was released in March 2020. His third recording, that will be released in November 2020 by ears&eyes label, is a trio of guitar, alto saxophone and drums called Trance Trio. With this project, he performed in festivals as Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Südtirol Jazz Festival and Somersby Out Jazz. He is also working on a solo performance in which he works on compositions and free improvisations using extended techniques and electronics creating a musical context that mixes contemporary improvised music, jazz and electronic music.

Javier also works on classical composition and his piece “Pensando Vientos” (for flute, clarinet, horn and string quartet) has been selected to be part of a workshop at the Annual Royal Music Association conference in Bristol.

Furthermore, his experimental piece for solo guitar and surround electronics "Untitled#1", in which he explores personal ways of writing, prepared guitar with different objects, loops and electronics, has been selected to be performed at the international conference "21st Century Guitar - Unconventional Approaches to Performance, Composition and Research" in March 2021 in Lisbon. Additionally, his four pieces series of interactive compositions called “Exploración 111” will take part in the Gaudeamus Festival 2020 (Netherlands).

In 2019 he finished the master's degree in jazz performance at the Superior School of Music in Lisbon (Instituto Superior de Música de Lisboa) and in 2017 he won a scholarship in research with the Wind Band Department directed by Alberto Roque. During the course of the master's degree, he developed two research projects about contemporary jazz, creativity and composition. He wrote an article about Contemporary Jazz Composition for which he interviewed current jazz composers like Carla Bley, Ed Neumeister, Dave Liebman, Jon Balke, Reinier Bass, Dan Tepfer among others.

 

In 2020, he founded the Composers and Improvisers Community Project where musicians from different parts of the world present exclusive videos and collaborative recordings through the Patreon online platform.

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