Lluc Casares, tenor sax and clarinet. Born in Barcelona in 1990. Son of a musician, he started to play clarinet at the age of 6. He studied classical music until he was 15, when he felt attracted by jazz and black music in general. He got admitted to pursue a jazz bachelor degree at the ESMuC (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya) in 2008 and, after the first year of studying clarinet, he switched to tenor sax and this has been his principal instrument since then on. Xavi Figuerola and Eladio Reinón were his main teachers there. After graduating in 2012, he moved to Amsterdam to course a jazz master degree at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with the legendary tenor saxophonist Ferdinand Povel and also Jasper Blom, Simon Rigter and Joris Roelofs. During the first semester of 2013-2014 he was in exchange at the Temple University of Philadelphia where he got the chance to have regular lessons with Dick Oatts, Tim Warfield, John Swana, Bruce Barth, Norman David.
Since 2010 he’s been playing with the Barcelona Jazz Orquestra in different projects featuring some guests soloists such as Frank Wess, Phil Woods and Jon Faddis at the Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola of New York City (November 2012), Kurt Elling in the Marciac Jazz Festival 2012, Jesse Davis and Grant Stewart. During 2014 he played in the ‘Spirit of Satch’ show of the legendary pianist from New Orleans Dr. John with Nicholas Payton as a guest soloist. Months later he played this same show but this time with Arturo Sandoval and Cuban rapper Telmary as guests artists. He also recorded withMarcel·lí Bayer Nonet the album “Nonitz” (Quadrant Records, 2011) which features the jazz icon of the alto saxophone Lee Konitz. Lluc has performed also with Wendell Brunious, Leroy Jones, Benjamin Herman, Raynald Colom, Horacio Fumero o Joan Monné and, out of the jazz world, with the Jamaican legends Derrick Morgan and Ken Boothe and pop bands like Xazzar and Els amics de les arts.
Lluc’s first album is called RED and it’s going to be released in March 2015 with the Catalan discography Temps Records. The album features the music that Lluc wrote in the past two years, during his time in Amsterdam and Philadelphia. The album was recorded in October 2014 in Amsterdam and contains original music written for quintet, sextet and octet. In 2014, his co-leaded band Trempera! won the 2nd prize in the Keep An Eye International Jazz Award, winning also the ‘Best Monk Arrangement’ prize. The band was finalist of the Dutch Jazz Competition as well. Lluc takes part in the Gramophone Allstars Big Band, the first big band that plays Jamaican music with original arrangements and compositions in Spain. Its album Jazzmaica(Bankrobber, 2014) has been critically acclaimed.
Occasionally, Lluc plays other wind instruments like flute, alto sax, baritone sax and bass clarinet. He also writes and arranges music for all kind of groups, from trio to big band.