Primary Instrument: Bass, electric
Bassist and composer Joan Torres got into music before becoming a teenager. Throughout the years he grew as a musician and developed an interest for Jazz music. He has studied Jazz with a list of great musicians like puerto rican legend Tony Batista (William Cepeda), Oscar Stagnaro (Paquito D’Rivera) and Matthew Garrison (son of John Coltrane’s bassist Jimmy Garrison). His ability was recognized by musical institutions like Berklee College of Music who offered him many scholarships to attend their summer programs and the college as a full-time student. He developed his musical skills by studying and performing a wide variety of music including Salsa, Rock, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Funk, Fusion, Jazz, Classical Choir music and even Brazilian Capoeira music.
After years of playing and sharing with other musicians and other projects he decided to start his own with some of the music he had written over the years. It can be said that these tunes synthesize a lot of his musical experiences and influences over the years. That’s how the group Joan Torres’s All is Fused was born. The group features some of the most sought-after musicians in the local music scene; guitarist Sergio Gonzalez (Fana), pianist David Ojeda (Domino Saints), drummer Fernando Garcia (Yerba Bruja), alto saxophonist Jonathan Suazo (Paoli Mejias), and guitarist Gabriel Vicéns (SM Quinteto). They assembled and recorded the first album, titled “Before”, on January 10 and 11, 2012 at Playbach Studio in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The album was released on May 21, 2012 with the official release show taking place on July 5, 2012 at the local spot known as Il Jazz Club. This show was also the beginning of a small album release tour throughout July. Having acquired a following in the Puerto Rico area, they decided to invest some of their energy on getting their music beyond the island and into the world.
During the first half of 2013 Joan Torres has also performed with many well- known local artists like singer-songwriters Fana and Rique Colón. He along with drummer Fernando Garcia offered drum and bass clinics at Stevan Micheo Music. In February, his group performed some of the music from the album Before in an Jazz forum for the community of the Puerto Rico Music Conservatory. In March 2013 Joan Torres's All is Fused was nominated in two categories for the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards for their critically- acclaimed debut album Before. Furthermore, the group went on tour through New Orleans, Louisiana during November 2013. Currently, they're working on their second album.
Source: Joan Torres
Awards:12th Annual Independent Music Awards Nominee (Funk/Fusion/Jam Album for "Before", Funk/Fusion/Jam Song for the track "The Chase")
●“Showcasing alloriginal material and recorded entirely in San Juan, it is evident that dedication to detail has achieved a terrific result.” James Nadal, All About Jazz
●“Joan Torres is one of those incredible talents that you have to delve deep into the treasure chest of music to find. Hailing from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Torres defies conventional songwriting and playing styles in order to create his incredibly entrancing and technical music.” Nic Raffo, The.Raffo.Review
●“The songs on Before are perfectly crafted arrangements that speak of the evolution and variety of sounds that Jazz music has to offer.” Red House Reviews
●“Not taking anything for granted here, I'd say that Joan Torres's All Is Fused is well on their way to becoming a legendary jazz ensemble and ‘Before’ will be one of their most respected releases.” I Am Entertainment Magazine
●For jazz fans that appreciate traditional jazz, but grew up in the jazz fusion era, All I Fused gives such listeners the best of both worlds.” Dan MacIntosh, antiMusic
●Joan Torres's All is Fused album Before, is a perfect musical exhibition for the ears. Each cut paints a picture that is worth examining and studying for its dynamic skill and synthesizing of musical flair.” Kyle Jarmon, Examiner
●“Torres knows his fusion history, and appropriates from it with a sure touch. [...] The compositions display a dynamic and stylistic diversity; they tend to be pleasing sequences of chords more than appealing melodies.” Jeff DaytonJohnson, All About Jazz
●“I must admit that I’m hardly versed in Jazz, but Joan Torres and Before has me worried about the fact that I may be missing out on something tremendous. But then again, maybe it doesn’t get much better than this...” Brian Lion, Under The Gun Review
Fernando Garcia, Desde Arriba (Self Produced, 2012)
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