World Citizen Band @ Jamboree, Barcelona


Wed May 18 2022 at 07:00 pm


Jamboree Dance Club | Barcelona, CT

The World Citizen Band is an international contemporary jazz ensemble that originated in Berlin Germany in 2011. The band gathers musicians from all over the world with the intention of uniting different cultures through music. They are... Uri Gurvich - Saxophone (Israel), Ramiro Olaciregui -Guitar (Argentina), Marcos Merino - Piano (Spain), Kenneth Dahl Knudsen - Contrabass (Denmark), Rodolfo Zuniga - Drums (Costa Rica).
This group began as a collaboration between guitarist Ramiro Olaciregui & bassist Kenneth Dahl Knudsen. After migrating to Germany in 2011 with the wish of expanding their musical boundaries, Olaciregui & Knudsen rapidly established themselves within the Berlin jazz scene as leaders of several groups under their own names. When asked to participate in the Ecuador Jazz Festival, the 2 musicians decided to join efforts and create the World Citizen Band. The name of this group makes reference to the current situation of a large number of musical communities over the world, in which the constant interaction between musicians of different nationalities becomes growingly evident. The 6 members of this group all have a nomadic lifestyle, for all have migrated from their country of origin in search for a broader view and understanding of the ever changing musical world of jazz. It is fair to say that they are all “citizens of the world”.

Saxophonist and composer Uri Gurvich was a member of the Tel Aviv Jazz Orchestra and won at 20 the Jazz Player of the Year competition in his native Israel before coming to Berklee College of Music, where he studied under Joe Lovano.
Based in New York for the past decade, Gurvich won great acclaim as a bandleader with his debut album The Storyteller (Tzadik), featuring some of the most prominent voices on the contemporary jazz scene: Argentinian pianist Leo Genovese, Bulgarian bassist Peter Slavov, Cuban drummer Francisco Mela, and special guest Chris Cheek on tenor sax. All Music Guide called Gurvich, “a major new voice in jazz”.
Argentinian born guitarist Ramiro Olaciregui, currently resides in Berlin and is quickly making a name for himself among the European Jazz community. After graduating the Escuela de Musica Contemporanea (EMC) Buenos Aires, he moved to Boston to obtain his Degree from Berklee College of Music (2006). Afterwards he moves to New York, city in which he lived for a period of 3 years. Both in Boston and New York Ramiro collaborated with some of the strongest names in Jazz today, such as Jimmy Heath, Bob Mintzer, George Garzone, Seamus Blake, Chris Tordini, Tom Kennedy, & John Escreet. For the past 10 years Olaciregui has participated in festivals around the world both as a sideman and leader, some include (IAJE) Festival New York USA, Mira Jazz Fest Argentina, Ecuador Jazz Fest.
Marcos Merino is a pianist and composer originally from Spain, currently residing in Quito, Ecuador. He began his musical studies at age 7 in Fuengirola and later in life moved to Barcelona to study in the Liceu Conservatory, from which he graduated in 2011. He later finished his Masters Degree in North Texas University. Aside from being the youngest member of the WCB, he has toured Spain, Asia, USA and South America both as a sideman and leader. In 2013 Marcos was invited to participate in the “Promising Artists of the 21st Century” program in which he toured with his trio to China and Colombia. Together with his performing career, he’s also a full time professor in the “Universidad de las Americas” in Ecuador.
Danish Bassist Kenneth Dahl Knudsen was awarded Jazz musician of the year 2010 in his region. The same year, he released the Album "Strings Attached”. An album that have received 5 star reviews. In January 2012 he recorded his 2nd Album "Clockstopper" in New York with Tomasz Dabrowski, Jaleel Shaw,Jonas Lindh, Gilad Hekselman, Søren Møller, og Johnathan Blake. The music is controlled by impulses, and its composed ensemble music with strong elements of improvisation and interaction. A strong Scandinavian heritage grasp an ensemble, that streches to all the corners of the world. Knudsen has performed with : John Scofield, Dick Oatts, Gilad Hekselman, Johnathan Blake, Tomasz Dabrowski, Uffe Steen, Soren Moller and many more.
Rodolfo Zuniga is a drummer & composer born in San Jose, Costa Rica. After arriving to the United States in the year 2000, he has become one of the most renowned drummers in the Miami jazz scene. He has performed with a wide variety of musicians such as Gary Campbell, Silvano Monasterios, Troy Roberts, Martin Bejerano, Aaron Lebos, among others. Currently he’s also a member of the world famous “Julio Iglesias Group” with which he tours around the world. Zuniga is without a doubt one of the most versatile drummers today and is an essential element in the overall sound of the World Citizen Band

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Jamboree Dance Club, Plaça Reial 17,Barcelona, Spain, Barcelona, Spain

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