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.
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
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