J O S E P - M A N E L V E G A
GUITARIST / COMPOSER / IMPROVISER
Josep-Manel Vega's grandfather (Josep Baiget) was his first teacher. He studied musical language and harmony with him and then classical guitar with several teachers (Jordi Belza, Mariano Capella, Guillem Pérez-Quer, William Waters, Danielle Kassner), modern music (Joan Munné, Xavier Prats) and flamenco (Manuel Castilla). However, it was exploring by himself how he eventually developed his personal musical language with a special interest focused on improvisation.
He published a first album entitled Space, silence and wind (Liquid Records, Barcelona) in 1999 and, since then, up to ten more recordings leading groups or acting as a soloist.
IMPROVISING AROUND THE WORLD
In 2018, after more than 30 years combining music and teaching, the Spanish guitarist starts a process of personal transformation that leads to the radical consecration to the project IMPROVISING THE WORLD. He left behind all the things that supposedly provide us with comfort and security (job, stability, routine) and focused all his efforts on travelling, playing and growing as a human being. Now he moves aimlessly from one country to another, playing in different places in search of different sources of energy, feelings and inspiration. A nomadic attitude without a predetermined destination.
His latest solo album IMPROVISING AROUND THE WORLD completes the previous 7 IMPROS with a collection of improvisations performed in Spain, France, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Belgium, Holland, Hungary and England. Altogether, more than two hours of calm, peace and harmony. An evocation of the different spaces that have inspired each note.
Josep-Manel Vega's concerts are improvisations built from the same musical elements that were used in each place. These elements function as words that weave a discourse in real time. Each new improvisation evokes previous improvisations and transports us to the many spaces that have been trodden on.
IMPROVISING AROUND THE WORLD (2021)
7 IMPROS (2020)
PALLASSOS & MALABARS (2016)
XII MANTRES (2011)
UN SEIS Y UN CUATRO (2010)
L'ESPAI, EL SILENCI I EL VENT (1999)
"Exceeds in originality the usual average of our music scene. Essentially improvised music breaking limits and barriers." - M. J. (El País)
"Progressive music against the tide." - Jordi Bianciotto (El Periódico de Catalunya)
"This virtuoso guitarist merged his music with nature. Instead of playing the instrument, caresses it with a unique and personal dexterity. What was experienced, felt and enjoyed (...) becomes unforgettable." - Andrés Rodríguez (La Mañana)
brave and precious project." - Pau Benavent (Vilaweb)
"Healing music made to fill yourself up with." - Arts To Rise
"A fantastic listening experience. Beautiful music imbued with such beauty, austerity and honesty. Very intelligent lines, wonderful moving around musical centers and a great feeling for developments reminding the most beautiful lines of Steve Lacy or Bob Brookmeyer. Wonderful turnings of melodies, clever execution of given material and just a great listening experience!" - Radu Malfatti
"Freedom and discipline, a graphic expression of music and instantaneous composition that is only possible through improvisation, collective creation and, therefore, ideal to be produced live." - Víctor Nubla
"It is very interesting and put me in mind of the area of work Robert Fripp and King Crimson were doing and still do." - David Enthoven
"Very nice atmosphere and sound." - Daniel Filas
"His classical guitar interpretation of "Vessel" by Ralph Towner is simply excellent... warm tone, wonderful (outside!) improvisation, and overall spacious feel and depth. This worthy treatment by Josep-Manel of a fine tune from the mind of the mighty Ralph Towner, with solid groove and wonderfully dissonant passages, is a musical breath of fresh air." - Greg Bannoff
"Suggestive instrumental pieces and exciting improvised passages." - Alan Wing
"Your music is poetic & magical (...) filled with wonder & goodness." - Bruce Soffer