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Oliver Miguel

Born: January 3, 1982    Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Oliver Miguel

Best known for his contemporary saxophone sound, multi- instrumentalist Oliver Miguel is equally comfortable performing live or working in recording studios, playing guitars, keyboards, composing, arranging and producing. As dynamic on stage as he is in the studio, his performances have been described as “an emotional and intimate experience.” (www.thelivemusicreport.com), and his recordings have been reviewed as “...rigorous improvisation and daring non- conformist arrangements make this an adventure.” (www.ejazznews.com). A graduate of Mount Royal Conservatory (2003), Humber College of Music (2005) and Thompson Rivers University (2009), Chilean born Oliver Miguel regularly works in various genres: Jazz, Latin, Flamenco, Pop and Hip-Hop. Miguel's diversity and multiple talents are featured on his debut album “Esperanza” (2003). His expertise as an arranger and producer can also be heard on vocalist Janelle Monique's album “You Go To My Head” (2008), where he recorded various instruments and received rave reviews. His much anticipated album “Aire” (2010) features some incredibly accomplished international artists such as: Ralf Buschmeyer (Guitar), Ric Fierabracci (Bass), Paco Fernandez (Flamenco Guitar), Fiona Malena (Palmas & Flamenco Dancing), Alberto San Martin (Zampoña, Cuatro & Charango), Pedro Sierra (Flamenco Guitar), Sonal (Vocals) and Zoe Theodorou (Vocals), to name a few....
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www.thelivemusicreport.com Within the first few seconds of the 2003 release Esperanza by multi instrumentalist and Plan C member Oliver Miguel, the intensity picks up immediately. While he happens to predominantly play the saxophone, the Latin-tinged “When Angels Cry Suite” begins with a seductive guitar solo by Ricardo Madrid as part of the first movement “Sereno”. By the time the rest of the ensemble appears on the second movement “Sin Alivio” Miguel’s sax display takes over with relentless, climactic and sensual overtones. Simeon Abbott has the last say on the third and final movement “Palermo” putting the cherry on top of the cake with a breathtaking piano solo. Now while this could potentially have been a CD all on its own, Miguel gives an encore performance with some more songs up his sleeve without straying away from the tone that has been set. “Zara” continues this with some more of Madrid’s subtle solo styling and then followed by a strong sax reply from Miguel. Things change up with “Illusion Del Corazon” on an up tempo extravaganza, while continuing the constant Miguel/Madrid element throughout this project. Abbott goes to electric piano on this one. After all of these songs, the concluding “In a Heartbeat” goes percussive highlighting Miguel and Madrid one last time. As you can tell by what has been forementioned, the main foundation of this release is created through the interaction between these two brilliant musicians. The result is an emotional and intimate experience. So for all you romantics or seducers, Esperanza can definitely make things happen. Just remember to thank Oliver Miguel. by R.C. - April 2008 www.ejazznews.com

…Note the work of producer Oliver Miguel who with his vocal siren, mixes and manipulates some of “today’s sounds” best spins. Case in point, Sting’s “Fragile” for the template of design, is recreated with respect and a fine Latin- esque burn.

The attitude of the project can best be identified by the calculated grooves of “Round Midnight” and the brass attack of Nick Ali. Although perceived as a showcase duet, for MS. Monique and Jessie Roy, the true star, with no disrespect, is the arrangement!

You Go to My Head with all its rhythmic sparkle... is iPod bound!

By Karl Stober ” June 2008

“Miguel proves time after time that he is one of Canada's upcoming musical innovators.”

- Calgary Jazz Festival 2009

As a Leader

AIRE
OMG
2010
Idan Balas (Flamenco Guitar) (Spain)
Ruben Bocaranda (Drums) (Venezuela)
Ralf Buschmeyer (Guitar) (Canada)
Thompson Thompson Egbo-Egbo (Piano) (Nigeria)
Ric Fierabracci (Bass) (USA)
Paco Fernandez (Flamenco Guitar) (Spain)
Sergio Fernandez (Percussion) (Uruguay)
Henry "Hank" Insell (Bass) (USA)
Peter Kim (Trumpet) (Korea)
Fiona Malena (Palmas & Footwork) (Spain)
Alberto San Martin (Zampoña, Cuatro & Charango) (Chile)
Dustin Shaskin (Bass) (Canada)
Pedro Sierra (Flamenco Guitar) (Spain)
Sonal (Vocals) (India)
Brendan "Swanson" Swanson (Keyboards) (China)
Zoe Theodorou (Vocals) (USA)
Luis "El Pana" Tovar (Percussion) (Venezuela)

ESPERANZA
OMG
2003

As A Side Musician/Arranger/Producer

YOU GO TO MY HEAD
Janelle Monique
Zafe Muzik
2008

As a Side Musician

VOLAR
Plan C
USSI Records
2007

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