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Ernesto Vega

Ernesto Vega is a name to be associated with creation and quality. He’s one of the new Cuban artist generations whose results obligate to stop and look over his carreer, and especially, in his artistic projections. His first record as leader, Venir al Mundo, (Coming into the world), proclaims it. Being 29 years old during 2010 this wood winded instrument musician finished his studies of clarinet with Golden Diploma in the Instituto Superior del Arte de La Habana (Havana Arts College), in 2005, after he ended the elementary and high levels in his hometown Holguín. At the early age of 17 years the Down Beat magazine did a very positive mention about his interpretative style on the clarinet, which recalls the legend of this instrument Artie Shaw. The revelation of Ernesto Vega to Down Beat happened at the Jazz Plaza Festival ,Havana, 1998, performing with the pianist Frank Emilio Flink , a myth of Latin jazz in Cuba. At the same festival he also performed with outstanding Cuban figures like Chucho Valdés ,Bobby Carcassés ,Roy Hargrove ,Ernán López Nussa ,etc. His first international performance was in 2003 when the multitalented Chilean musician Carlos Masa invites him to participate of two CDs for the Label Bleu Records, (Amiens, France): “Chocala” and “Salvedad”.Simultaneosly they were also performing their music in Europe, at Lausanne Jazz Festival (Switzerland) and Amiens Jazz Festival (France). Later, he wins the First Award at the international jazz competition “ Jojazz ”, celebrated every year in Cuba, where the finest young jazz musician participate with great hope. In 2004 he becomes a member of the “Oriental Quartet” along with the Cuban jazz pianist Alejandro Vargas, and being into this project he played in several international festivals like Quito Jazz Festival (Ecuador)and Mercado cultural (Cultural Market) in Sao Paolo and Bahia(Brazil). The first recording of the Oriental Quartet came out under the name of “Trapiche” in 2008; this record won the Cubadisco Award in the same year. Later, Ernesto recorded in more than 30 discographic productions, becoming one of the most important young figures of Clarinet in Cuba. In 2009 he records his first solo CD” Venir al Mundo”(Coming into the world) as a composer and interpreter .He obtained with this CD the Cubadisco Award as the best jazz recording of the year. In the same year the Cuban master of Bass Jorge Reyes invites Ernesto Vega to be a part of the band of the Colombian singer Yuri Buenaventura, where the star of Cuban percussion “Changuito” was also participating. Working in this project, he played in more than 20 cities and festival such as North Sea jazz festival (Netherlands) jazz in Marciac (France),Django Reinhardt jazz festival (France),Creole jazz festival(Cabo Verde)and many others all around Europe , Latin America and Africa .Recently he played with the Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in their visit to Habana, where they shared a close musical experience with some of the most important young jazz musicians in Cuba ,in the present Ernesto Vega plays with his own project and with the pianist Ernán López Nussa.

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Clarinet Signature
"The first time I grabbed a Selmer Clarinet in my hands I realized that I could find a different sound in it from other Clarinets, and eventually I found many other interesting things. It wasn’t till I recorded my first CD that I knew I could not play with other clarinet but Selmer, Its sound is just magic."