ADRIÁN MONCADA 6TET
ADRIÁN MONCADA - PIANO AND COMPOSITIONS
JOSÉ SOARES - ALTO SAXOPHONE
FEDERICO CALCAGNO - BASS CLARINET
NICK THESSALONIKEFS - DRUMS
PEDRO IVO FERREIRA - DOUBLE BASS
ALISTAIR PAYNE - TRUMPET
"Impressive in its depth and breath, "Inhabitable Imagination" is an apt paean to the mother of all arts. It showcases Moncada's brilliance as a composer, band leader and performer. This recording is a poignant start to what promises to be a unique and brilliant career." - All About Jazz ****
“Adrián Moncada Sextet” is an Amsterdam based group lead by Spanish pianist and composer Adrián Moncada along with five other individual and forward thinking musicians from the Amsterdam scene. Using architecture as a source of inspiration, Moncada invites the listeners into his musical mind with the aspiration to excite their imagination, showing them sonic spaces with a wide spectrum of characters.
The group features a repertoire of original songs influenced by contemporary jazz, combining the rhythm, improvisation, and intention of the jazz tradition with the eclecticism of the cultural melting pot of Amsterdam. At times highly structured and composed, other times freely improvised and loose, showing that they are not afraid of being vulnerable in front of an audience while they maintain their artistic narrative.
The band released their debut album “Inhabitable Imagination” in March of 2021 and played in the finals of the Dutch Jazz Competition 2020. In June 2021 they did a week long residency at the Comedy Café Amsterdam and in January 2022 they participated in the finals of the Keep an Eye the Records.
This international group was founded in 2018 together with Nick Thessalonikefs (Greece) on drums, Pedro Ivo Ferreira (Brazil) on bass, Alistair Payne (Scotland) on trumpet, Federico Calcagno (Italy) on bass clarinet, José Soares (Portugal) on alto saxophone, and Adrián Moncada (Spain) on piano and compositions.
“I like to see the music I composed for this 6tet as liquid architecture” Moncada says. “An inhabitable platform for the expression of imagination through organized sound."