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Hugo Fernandez – A world wise world traveled guitarist with multi-culti sensibilities travels the Abercrombie, Metheny: Video

25.09. – Happy Birthday !!! Composer and guitarist that lives in Madrid, Spain. Native from Mexico City, Mexico with an experience of 25 years.

He has a Bachelor in Music from Berklee College of Music (Boston) and a Masters Degree from the University of New Orleans

He has performed with artists such as: Antonio Sanchez, Ariel Bringuez, Antonio Miguel, Alex Mercado, Celia Mur, Magos Herrera, Alma Micic, Borja Barrueta, David Gonzalez, Ernesto Cortazar, Ander Garcia, Sebastian Chames, Javier Moreno, Mariano Steimberg, Valery Haumont, Julia Vari, Cordelia, Amerikanda, Arturo Mora, Alex Kautz, Israel Cupich, Diego Franco, Gustavo Nandayapa, Gabriel Puentes, Joe D’etienne, Luri Molina, Dan Mazor, Sergio Galvan, etc…

As a leader he has played in festivals such as: Festival Internacional Cervantino, Festival de Madrid, Festival de Jazz de Granada, Palacio de Bellas Artes (D.F.), Festival Jazz Mex de Cenart, Teatro de la Ciudad (D.F.), Festival de Jazz de la Sala Ollin Yoliztli, Museo de América (Madrid), Festival de Jazz de Tabasco, Jazz Fermín (Pamplona), Festival Internacional de Guitarra del CNA, Festival del Centro Histórico (D.F.), Forum Cultural Guanajuato, Festival Internacional de la Guitarra de Guatemala, Festival Internacional de Jazz de Polanco, etc.. and clubs: Snug Harbor, Bogui, Clamores, Berlin Café,  Zinco Jazz Club among others.

His last album “Cosmogram” is part of the prestigious American record label Origin Records and was selected by “Downbeat Magazine” as one of the best albums in 2015, with positive reviews by other specialised media as  “Jazztimes”, “All About Jazz” and “Rollingstone Magazine”.

A world wise/world traveled guitarist with multi-culti sensibilities travels the Abercrombie/Metheny route to world soundings. An expert and being laid back without falling over, Hernandez brings his crew with south of the border sensibilities right to the fore of contemporary, progressive guitar work that relies on features other than pyrotechnic … (Jack Bowers)
Of all the instruments in a group or orchestra, none has a broader or more variable sonic profile than the guitar. When it is played properly, with earnestness and sincerity, a guitar can move the listener to tears; when it is used, however, is to elicit sounds that are best described as disquieting and cacophonous, that is another matter entirely. … (Scott Yanow)
4-STARS Born in Mexico, guitarist Hugo Fernandez spent time studying in the U.S. before settling in Spain. Cosmogram features Fernandez and his international quartet (Cuban Ariel Bringuez on tenor and soprano, bassist Antonio Miguel from Spain and American drummer Antonio Sanchez who also originated from Mexico) performing eight of the leader’s p … (Edward Blanco)
Mexican-born Hugo Fernandez is a modern jazz guitarist who follows up his well-received debut album Origenes (CDbaby, 2012) with the new modern-styled Cosmogram featuring eight sophisticated original compositions in a generally warm-natured set of light and engaging modern jazz. A graduate of the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, Ferna … (Gabriel Carvalho)
O guitarrista mexicano Hugo Fernandez iniciou a carreira no final dos anos 80, tocando com artistas da cena pop do país natal, como Thalia (sim, aquela que vocês conhecem). Em 1998 obteve a licenciatura em música na tradicional Berklee College of Music e em 2005 completou o mestrado em “Estudos de Jazz” na University of New Orleans. Apesar de to … (George W. Harris)
Guitarist Hugo Fernandez defers to tenor and soprano saxist Ariel Bringuez quite a bit here on a quartet session along with the energetic rhythm team of Antonio Miguel/b and Antonio Sanchez/dr. There’s a bit of a tribal war dance drum beat on as the team sounds a bit indie-rockish on “Reconciliation” and there’s a rockish beat on “Sublime” that fea … (Travis Rogers, Jr.)

Right from the start, throw out any ideas of comparing Hugo Fernandez to anybody. Comparisons to Pat Metheny and John Abercrombie have been made but that presupposition is going to make you miss the absolute thrill of Fernandez’ album “Cosmogram.” This is original. This is fresh. This caught me by surprise. Through my first listening of “Cosmogr …
The New York City Jazz Record (Tom Greenland)
Guitarist Hugo Fernandez, originally from Mexico, now based in Madrid, has released Cosmogram, his second date as a leader, with the help of countryman drummer Antonio Sanchez, Cuban saxophonist Ariel Bringuez and Spanish bassist Antonio Miguel. A relaxed set with hummable originals, all composed by Fernandez, the music is highly accessible with ge …

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