Anibal Rojas is a saxophonist with indigenous roots in a modern world. His is the music of the immigrant, the sound of assimilation and integration, the blending of cultures, classes, and musical traditions.
Born in Chile, Rojas emigrated to the U.S. in his early teens. His parents, fleeing political persecution, bought him a saxophone and signed him up for music lessons to keep him out of trouble. To supplement the family's income — his father's modest doctoral student stipend— Rojas spent his summers as a migrant worker in Iowa's cornfields. All the while, he was learning too — English and music. He scored a full music scholarship auditioning on a horn that was held together with rubber bands and four years later scored a degree in music performance from the University of Iowa.
Anibal Rojas is Off the Hook! –Unsigned the Magazine
Some might classify this artist as Jazz. And it is to be sure, but an added
bonus is the World music sound that Anibal fuses into this CD. There’s a
wonderful story to go with this CD as well, but that will come later. For now,
let’s discuss the saxophone mastery that Anibal displays on tracks like ‘Le
Montrose’ and ‘Missing Brecker’. The sax is big, and screeches in all the right
places, but most importantly it screeches in a very controlled manner that is
fresh all at the same time. ‘Lay Down’ and ‘The Midnight Zone’ are a beautiful
flute filled pieces that I could easily envision myself sitting alone on some
beautiful mountain top watching the sun fade to
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