Born: April 14, 1986 Primary Instrument: Bass, electric
UK-based Cai Marle-Garcia, aka 'MR. EARS', is the driving new force on the international bass scene. Adept on both fretted bass and his favoured fretless bass, the 23-year- old has experience of performing and recording jazz, funk, pop, soul, r’n’b, hip-hop, rock, latin, fusion and world music. From leading his own jazz/rock fusion group with original compositions to recording a spontaneous but highly successful and effervescent debut solo album in 2008/2009, Cai’s journey is certainly one of self-discovery as well as a quest to breathe new life into the jazz scene.
Cai’s love for jazz only started to blossom when he joined the renowned Weekend Arts College (WAC) aged 16. Under the tutelage of saxophone legend Tim Whitehead (Nucleus, The Homemade Orchestra), the weekly workshops honed Cai’s soloing, arranging and composition skills alongside many other talented young musicians. Here, he followed in the footsteps of other music luminaries associated with WAC, including Ian Carr, Julian Joseph, Mark and Michael Mondesir, Abram Wilson and Courtney Pine. Cai received four major awards from the scheme and was recognised as a promising talent....
While there are many players that excel at mimicking my dear friend, the late great Jaco Pastorius, Cai has a certain spark of originality that will someday develop into a full-blown firestorm, of music yet to be heard. -Dann Glenn Guitarist/Composer 2009
'Mr. Ears' sounds immense. Great solos, beautiful touch and wonderfully melodic...and the writing is brilliant. - Bassist Laurence Cottle, on Cai and 'Mr. Ears'.
The Mr. Ears Project was a real band coming out of the Weather Report and Nucleus tradition with a commitment to good composing and driving exposition. - British sax legend Tim Whitehead.
You may think that the coolest thing about CAI MARLE- GARCIA must be his name but wait till you see him play bass like a man possessed. - 'F-IRE Collective' guitarist and bandleader Jonny Phillips.
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Willing to teach:
£20 p/h. Beginner, intermediate and advanced teacher with experience of teaching in a weekend music school and primary and secondary schools.