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Mario Duenas

Mario Dueñas was born on April 23, 1985 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Was introduced to the piano at the age of 5, developing a special interest in harmony, and soon began a self- teaching process through record transcribing and bibliographic studies. Years later, established a variety of ensambles to further explore both the languages of composition as well as performance. After experiencing the music of Bill Evans and John Coltrane along with many other master improvisers, decided to continue a deeper study into the nature of improvisation. In 2008, traveled to the United States where he married to Denisse Navarro. While continuing to explore various improvisational approaches, he began to learn how to play the saxophone, in order to experience a different perspective of phrasing, timing and tone production. By 2013, their son Salvatore was born. Later traveled to Chicago, where they currently reside. Here, he finally decided to record and produce his debut album “Beliefs”, a sequence of spontaneous compositions, inspired on the human desire to understand the nature of reality. This electric solo piano project is the product of years of explorations of musical discourse, particularly through free improvisation.


”[Other Minds] A tune to remind us we are mere bytes in the universal operating system that reboots every infinity.” – Fiona Ord-Shrimpton, All About Jazz.

“From beginning to end, Dueñas allows us to experience the deepest recesses of his soul, and we are fully enriched by it all.” – Stacey Zering, No Depression.

“The six selections on Beliefs form a suite of music that rewards repeated listenings. Overall, this is an impressive debut for Mario Dueñas.” – Scott Yanow, jazz journalist/historian and author of 11 books including The Great Jazz Guitarists, The Jazz Singers, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76.

“Mario Dueñas has never had a piano lesson, but his performance recently..

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Cosmic Crossword

Mario Dueñas



Mario Dueñas


The Hour Has Come

From: Cosmic Crossword
By Mario Duenas

Other Minds

From: Beliefs
By Mario Duenas


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