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JOAN VIDAL I LLOBET · DRUMS/COMPOSITION

Born in Granollers in 1984, he started his musical training at the Municipal Music School Josep Mª Ruera of the same city. He began his piano studies with Montserrat Morral and later with Jordi Masó and Martí Ventura. At the same time he studied classical percussion with Frederic Giberga and Joan Marc Pino and Marc Miralta taught him occasional drum lessons. He also did clarinet lessons with Carles Riera for 4 years and harmony with Josep Guallar.

In 2002 he started his degree on musical composition at ESMUC with Gabriel Brncic, Albert Guinovart, Manel Camp, Feliu Gasull and Lluís Vidal. He also received drum lessons from Jo Krause and David Xirgu.

In 2008 he was given the only place to study the Master of Arts in Jazz Percussion at the London Royal Academy of Music, where he got the Distinction in Performance after two years studying with teachers such as Martin France, Jeff Williams, Mike Gibbs, Barack Shmool and Pete Churchill, among others.

As a percussionist he has collaborated with various orchestras, of which we can highlight the JOSC (Symphonic Orchestra Gèrminans), the Orchestra of Acadèmia del Liceu (both conducted by Gueràssim Voronkov) and the orchestra of the opera Abans del Silenci, conducted by Salvador Brotons.

As a composer, he has written pieces for different ensembles: from string quartets to mixed choirs or big bands. We can emphasize his collaboration with the SCIC (Secretariat de Corals Infantils de Catalunya), the musical show Daltabaix, which opened at the Jazz Festival of Granollers in 2005 and at the Festival of Trobadors i Joglars, his participation in the concert-tribute to the Clarke-Boland Big Band with the Granollers Big Band as part of the Granollers Jazz Festival in 2010 or the première of "41º 36' N / 2º 17' E", a piece comissioned by the Orquestra de Cambra de Granollers. His works, between jazz and classical music, have been played at the Luxembourg's Philharmonie, Palau de la Música, Palau Sant Jordi or at the Granollers Teatre Auditori, among others.

As a drummer, he has collaborated with groups such as the Granollers Big Band, the JazzGranollers Ensemble, the Mar Serra Group, Martí Ventura’s Trio, or the Joan Sanmartí 4 Elements. He is a member of the Jazz Chamber Orchestra, the trio Brutus and the group December Quintet, with whom he has done many educational projects that have been shown around allSpain thanks to the Associació Cultural in Granollers, Diputació de Barcelona and FundacióLa Caixa.

Vidal also leads his sextet, with whom he has recorded two discs: Deptford Suite (Quadrant Records) performed at the International Jazz Festivals in Barcelona, Andorra and Granollers, at l’Auditori de Barcelona and in several jazz clubs of the country; and Illusionary Rhythms (JazzGranollers Records, 2013), a project sponsored by the ICEC (Cultural Department of the Catalan Government), which will be presented at the Jamboree Jazz Club in Barcelona in September,

Nominated for best composer, group and album of the year for the Deptford Suite project, Joan Vidal received in 2012 the award for "Composer of the Year" by the Catalan Association of Jazz and Modern Music (AMJM).

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