After graduating with honors in Castilla y León Conservatory, one of the leading music schools in Spain, Daniel García Diego was awarded with a scolarship by AIE (Spanish Artists Association) to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston.
In Berklee Daniel expanded his concepts on Jazz and improvisation, thanks to the tutelage and good advise of masters Danilo Pérez (Wayne Shorter, Dizzy Gillespie...), John Patittucci (Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter...), Johanne Brakeen
(Joe Henderson, Stan Getz...), Ray Santisi (Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon...) or Dave Santoro (Jerry Bergonzy). Daniel is awarded with Berklee´s Best Jazz Performance Award in 2011 and invited by the great Danilo Pérez to preset his music as a main artist in Panama International Jazz Festival where he receives rave reviews by critics and audience.
It was Danilo who encourages Daniel to explore the fields of his most close-to-the-heart music worlds: Flamenco and Spanish traditional music, wich he always listened as a child and grew up with. And Jazz, wich he always loved and studied. So, Daniel started an exciting and deep journey to the cores of those musical worlds to research how those two musical arts can be blended and fusioned to a deeper level beyond the apparent.
Daniel García Diego presents his first release as a leader “alba”, the result of
this research, with collaborations from some of the best Spanish based musicians as Jorge Pardo (Pacode Lucía, Chick Corea...), Alain Pérez (Paco de Lucía, Irakere...), Ariel Brínguez (Irakere, JavierColina...) among others. The foundation of this work is try to redefine the concept of fusion between Spanish Traditional Music, Jazz, contemporary music and even rock, all from scratch. The result is an eclectic but full of coherence work in wich the boundaries between all those kinds of music become blurred, with improvisation as the thread that tights everything up.
Daniel has played and plays with some of the greatest musicians in America and Europe, as Arturo Sandoval, Greg Osby, Jorge Drexler, Javier Colina, Jorge Pardo, Antonio Serrano, Guillermo McGill, Perico Sambeat, Alain Pérez, Eguie Castrillo, Ariel Brínguez and Maureen Choi among others, being one of the most in-demand names in vibrant Spanish jazz scene and becoming “the supernova that is going to set the path of the present and future of flamenco-jazz”, according to the words of guru Spanish music critic Pere Pons.
Daniel is presenting “alba” (wich means “dawn”), in trio, along side with fellow musicians Reinier Elizarde (Avishai Cohen, Alfredo Rodríguez) on bass and Michael Olivera (Alfredo Rodríguez, Iván Melón) on drums, two of the most talented and creative musicians in Spain scene. In words of Daniel:
“I like to think of the trio as a tridimensional space in which each of us is an axis and through which you can move freely. When we are playing, we try to focus in the “intense listenig” of the music we are making. We are constantly changing information and reacting to that. It is like making a musical
sculpture in real time. A very intense experience, and we think we can make audience participate of this intensity. When this connection between music and audience happens, it is really a magical moment very hard to explain with words. The process of making music with Reinier Elizarde and Michael Olivera is evolving constantly. Each concert is an adventure that you don´t know where is
going to take you, like a road to nowhere. What matters is the journey...”