Igor Urruchi is a restless artist who aims to publicise the bass clarinet by means of existing works and the urge to create new pieces that use the resources of this amazing instrument so little known to most of the public.
Igor is intensely active as a soloist in Spain, Europe and Latin America, with a repertoire centred in the 20th and 21st centuries. In November he premiered in Cuba the work by Óscar Navarro, “Concerto” for clarinet and band, with the National Concert Band of Cuba, a group that had already taken him to the Caribbean country with another singular work in early 2019, The Castle of Dr Bassclar by Ferrer Ferrán.
In 2015 he premiered the concert for bass clarinet and orchestra by the galician composer Federico Mosquera, a work recently released by the iTinerant label under the title En Continuo Desacorde with which he got very good reviews and the “Melómano de Oro" award.
Two exceptional works in the current bass clarinet repertoire were written for him: Flor de Otoño by the Dutch composer Jo Sporck, international master of the bass clarinet, and Siete Formas de Pedir Perdón by the outstanding Spanish composer Sebastián Mariné, both included in his album A Long Wave in Common.
Has worked with major jazz groups, driven by his interest in exploring different languages, genres and aesthetics. In 2019 he gave a much-praised performance at the Jazz Festival of Vitoria-Gasteiz with M.A.P., a group comprising the pianist Marco Mezquida, the saxophonist Ernesto Aurignac and the drummer Ramón Prats. That same year, he performed various concerts with the Cuban trumpet player Yasek Manzano and his group in Havana.
Photo credit : Michal Novak