The jury for the 2020 National Current Music Prize has proposed the award of this award to Sebastián ‘Chano’ Domínguez. This award, which is awarded annually by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, is endowed with 30,000 euros.
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The jury has distinguished with this recognition his “very personal style” and “his long career of four decades dedicated to music, as a composer, performer and arranger”, which have led him to be “one of the greatest representatives of jazz- Flemish”. Likewise, they have underlined “their numerous collaborations with other great artists and national and international projects, as shown by their latest works: Chano y Colina, together with Javier Colina; Paramus with Hadar Noiberg and A ball of snow, together with Martirio ”.
The musician and pianist Sebastián Domínguez Lozano, known as ‘Chano Domínguez’ is one of the greatest representatives of the jazz-flamenco genre in Spain and, in his more than forty years of experience, he has been a pioneer in the creation, dissemination and loyalty of this genre both nationally and internationally. Self-taught, at the age of eight his parents gave him his first instrument, a flamenco guitar, and at eighteen he had already formed his first group, CAI, with which he recorded three albums for the CBS company.
In the 1980s, Chano made the leap to the international jazz scene, with the Hiscadix group, winner of the First National Show for Young Performers held in Palma de Mallorca in 1986. Later, he would participate in other international competitions in Sweden, Germany and Belgium. In 1990 he reached the final of the MartialSolal International Piano Competition, held in Paris. His style was praised by musicians such as RichieBeirach, Bill Dobbins, Joe Henderson and Kenny Werner, with whom he had the opportunity to study at different seminars. In 1992 he formed his own Trio, with the idea of merging the rhythms of flamenco (alegrías, soleás and bulerías) and the musical forms of jazz, and he released his first solo album: Chano.
During 2002 Chano made several tours of Europe and America with the artists of the film 54th Street, appearing at the Montreux and Istanbul festivals and in cities such as Washington, Los Angeles or Philadelphia. In 2003 he toured the US and was invited by WyntonMarsalis to perform at the Lincoln Center in New York, presenting his new composition From Cádiz a Nueva Orleans for a jazz-flamenco sextet and Big Band.
In 2006, he created his New Flamenco Sound, a new vision of jazz and flamenco fusion, which incorporates new instruments such as keyboards and electric guitar. Later, QuartierLatin would arrive, together with Paquito D ‘Rivera and Piano Ibérico, in which he interprets the compositions of Granados, Falla and Mompou; Kind of Blue, nominated for a Grammy in 2012. His latest work includes Chano Revisited, his debut as a composer of symphonic music.