César Filiú Douglas
Friday, November 5th
IV Residencia Jazz Condeduque
20.30 – Centro de Cultura Contemporánea Condeduque
César Filiú Douglas, a Cuban saxophonist and composer based in Madrid has music and jazz coursing through his veins. Son of another saxophonist, Román Filiú (David Murray, Henry Threadgill…), he was born in the city of Camagüey, Cuba, but he’s been living in Madrid for quite a few years now. In 2008 he won first prize in the International Contest for Young Jazz Players, JoJazz Habana, after which he was accepted into the Higher Institute of Art in Havana. During this time he collaborated and worked with the most important orchestras and bands in the country, and with such prestigious international bands as: Bamboleo, NG la Banda, Issac Delgado, Klimax, Joaquín Betancourt y su Joven Big Band, Diana Fuentes, Danay Suárez, Interactivo, Yasek Manzano, Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, Yosvany Terry, David Murray, Omara Portuondo, Dáfnis Prieto, Julito Padrón, Denardo Coleman and Steve Coleman, among others.
Thanks to his great skill as a performer and improviser he has had the opportunity to play at Festivals like “Havana World Music”; the Jazz Plaza de La Habana Festival; the Latin-American Festival in Milano, Italy; and the European Music Awards in Rome with bands such as Bamboleo and NG la Banda respectively. He has received master classes from Steve Coleman, Anthony Tidd and Los Muñequitos de Matanzas in Havana and Matanzas, respectively. His versatility and talent have allowed him to participate in several albums, including “Homage to Benny Moré” by Héctor Quintana, “Cuba Is Now” by Denardo Coleman, “Cool Cool Filin 2” by Roberto Carcasses and guests, among others. Since he arrived in Madrid he has collaborated with the CMQ Big Band, 23 Collective , Román Filiú Quartet, Maikel Vistel Big Band and other projects on the Madrid jazz scene.
Winner of the Condeduque Jazz Residency, his concert will centre on new music that he has been working on in that centre, drawing inspiration from music for a quartet composed of alto and soprano saxophones, piano, double bass, drums and batá drums, constructing his jazzy proposal on a mixture of Cuban musical roots and folklore and on fundamental pillars of the cultural heritage of Spain and Africa, and capital cities such as Havana, Madrid, and New York. And improvisation as a unifying element.