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TEXT BY: REMI ÁLVAREZ & MARCO A. FIERRO MENDOZA

REMI ÁLVAREZ

Born in Mexico City, he studied concert flute at the National Conservatory of Music and saxophone at the National School of Music of UNAM from 1982 to 1987, under Roberto Benítez, where he got a university degree in jazz. He started his career as a saxophone player in 1984 with Cuarteto Mexicano de Jazz, led by pianist Francisco Téllez. He moved to New York City a few years after and he pursued his studies of composition and improvisation at the Creative Music Studies, with instructors like Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell, and Don Cherry. In 1988, he moved to Paris for a semester, where he continued his musical growth taking several lessons with composer and saxophone player Steve Lacy. In 2005, he took an advanced improvisation course at the Vancouver Creative Music Institute with George Lewis and Evan Parker, among others. Since 1991, he has been the saxophone and jazz workshop professor at the National School of Music of UNAM.

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS:
- VISION FESTIVAL XVI, 2001, in New York City
- FMX 2011, Mexico City International Festival
- IV SAX FEST, International Saxophone Summit in Costa Rica, 2011
- IX Encuentro Internacional de Jazz y Música Viva 2011, Monterrey, MX
- JAZZTAMFEST 2011, several locations in Tamaulipas, MX
- FESTIVAL TRANSITIO 2011
- Free Music Agreement Festival of Improvised Music, Houston, Texas 2010
- FIMU 2010 International Festival, Belfort, France  
- Festival Internacional Cervantino 2006, among many other live performances.

He has also toured three times in different countries in Europe. Some of the musicians he has collaborated with include: William Parker, Hamid Drake, Joe Morris, Don Minasi, Tobias Delius, Sabir Mateen, Cooper-Moore, George Lewis, Marc Dresser, Harvey Sorgen, Joe Fonda, Ingebrit Haker Flaten, Omar Tamez, and many others.

DISCOGRAPHY:
With the collective trio Cráneo de Jade:
- “Cráneo de Jade”, 1996
- "Papirolas", 1999
- "Pleione", 2002
With the band Astillero:
- “Tequio”, 2001
- "Lo uno y lo otro", 2004
With bass clarinet and soprano saxophone player Marcos Miranda:
- “Tarika-Tao”, 2002
With Spanish guitar player Pere Soto:
- “Remisotopos”, 2011
With the famed American double-bass player Mark Dresser:
- “Soul to Soul”, 2010
With the band FAS Trío:
- “Chimeco”, 2011       
With Norwegian double-bass player Ingebrigt Håker Flaten:
- “First duet LIVE”, 2011
With the famed American drummer Harvey Sorgen and double-bass player Joe Fonda
- “3D TRIO” 2012


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Remi Álvarez: Alto, baritone, soprano, tenor saxophones, ocarina & flute