Hugo Fernandez


Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Origin Records
UPC: 0805558284823
Catnr: ORIGIN 82848
Release date: 11 November 2022
1 CD
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€ 19.95
Origin Records
Catalogue number
ORIGIN 82848
Release date
11 November 2022

About the album

Ozean is German for “ocean,” where life on Earth started and the pathways for forging cultural exchange and enrichment of civilization were navigated. The beauty, importance and fragility of the waterways were front-of-mind as guitarist Hugo Fernandez composed this music for his Berlin-based quartet. Born in Mexico, with stops at Berklee and the University of New Orleans before a decade in Madrid and now Berlin, Fernandez's experiences through life in these vivid cultural capitals comes through the music with wide-ranging elements of folkloric forms, Western classical music, and even pop, informing his deep jazz sensibilities. With trumpeter Christoph Titz, bassist Martin Lillich, and fellow expat, drummer Jesus Vega, they embrace a musical world that could be a "forward-looking vision of jazz” (House of World Cultures, Berlin). "...personality, competence and a sound all of its own..." -- El Pais (Spain)
Ozean ist das deutsche Wort für "Ozean", wo das Leben auf der Erde begann und die Wege für den kulturellen Austausch und die Bereicherung der Zivilisation geebnet wurden. Die Schönheit, Bedeutung und Zerbrechlichkeit der Wasserwege standen im Vordergrund, als der Gitarrist Hugo Fernandez diese Musik für sein in Berlin lebendes Quartett komponierte. Geboren in Mexiko, mit Stationen in Berklee und an der Universität von New Orleans, bevor er ein Jahrzehnt in Madrid und nun in Berlin lebt, fließen Fernandez' Lebenserfahrungen in diesen lebendigen kulturellen Hauptstädten in seine Musik ein, mit weitreichenden Elementen aus folkloristischen Formen, westlicher klassischer Musik und sogar Pop, die seine tiefe Jazz-Sensibilität prägen. Zusammen mit dem Trompeter Christoph Titz, dem Bassisten Martin Lillich und seinem Landsmann, dem Schlagzeuger Jesus Vega, erschafft er eine musikalische Welt, die eine "zukunftsweisende Vision des Jazz" sein könnte (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin). "...Persönlichkeit, Kompetenz und ein ganz eigener Klang..." -- El Pais (Spanien)


Hugo Fernandez is a Mexican guitarist with three albums under his belt, he has participated in festivals, forums, clubs in Mexico, Spain and is now established in the German jazz scene and the rest of Europe.

After 12 years living in Madrid, the present has led him to settle in the city of Berlin. Since 2019, he works with his new Berlin ensemble "New Grounds" consisting of Christoph Titz (tpt), Martin Lillich (bass), Jesus Vega (drs).

"Fernandez wants nothing less than to explore the untapped possibilities of jazz. This is anything but a megalomaniacal undertaking. The New Grounds Quartet brings together folkloric forms, elements of Western classical music, and pop. The result is a forward-looking vision of jazz" House of World Cultures | Berlin, Germany

His album "Cosmogram" (Origin Records), in collaboration with drummer Antonio Sanchez, was very well received by the public and received excellent reviews from Rollingstone Magazine, Jazztimes, El Pais and Downbeat Magazine, which called "Cosmogram" one of the best albums of 2015.

"His songs are generally both catchy and inventive, many of the performances evolve in unexpected directions, and the often episodic frameworks make most of the selections sound like mini-suites." - DOWNBEAT (SCOTT YANOW)

He holds a bachelor's degree in professional music from Berklee College of Music and a master's degree in jazz from the University of New Orleans. (2005).



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