Night Time Latin Jazz Vigilante
WED, JUNE 14th - 5PM PST
Standing on the shoulders of flute giants from worlds as diverse as Rampal & Galway in Classical Music; Richard Egues’ Cuban Charanga style;
rocker Ian Anderson’s Jethro Tull; Herbie Mann and - most influential of all - Hubert Laws as pioneers of Jazz Flute, Latin Grammy Award winning
Nestor Torres’ rhythmic and mellifluous flute sound remains apart in a class all by itself. His 14 recordings as a soloist; 4 Latin Grammy nominations,
one Grammy nomination and one Latin Grammy Award; collaborations with diverse artists such as Gloria Estefan, Kenny Loggins, Dave Mathews, Herbie Hancock,
Tito Puente, Michael Camilo, Paquito D’ Rivera and Arturo Sandoval; as well as performances with the Cleveland, Singapore, and New World Symphony Orchestras
among many others, are testament to the remarkable journey of an Artist who continues to grow and enrich the lives of those who experience his talents.
Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Nestor Torres moved to New York City, where he pursued Classical flute studies at Mannes School of Music,
Jazz at Berklee College of Music and Classical and Jazz at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. His teachers include John Wummer,
Sam Baron, Andras Adorjan, Ran Blake, Gary Burton and Claude Monteux. During that time he also learned to improvise in the ‘Charanga’
Cuban Dance Music style, which helped shape and develop Nestor’s melodic and danceable sound.
His CD This Side Of Paradise won the Latin Grammy award in the Pop instrumental category, scheduled to be presented on September 11, 2001.
This great achievement -and its timing - proved to be a major turning point for Torres.
“Of course it was a great honor and privilege to win the Grammy. That being said, the fact that I was to receive it on 9/11 gave my work and
a stronger sense of mission and purpose. Terrorism and violence come from ignorance, anger, and hopelessness. Music inspires and empowers;
it soothes the human heart and enlightens the spirit. I have made it my prime point to create music and live my life in a way that does just that.”
From that experience, and on the occasion of a commission to compose and perform for the Dalai Lama, Nestor Torres composed and produced Dances, Prayers & Meditations For Peace in 2005.
Since then, Torres has focused on transcending his role as a Jazz Flautist to that of an agent of change. In addition to his compositions and performances,
Mr. Torres has also met and collaborated with, among others, Deepak Chopra on a panel discussion discussion in Medellin, Colombia (“Values For A New Leadership”)
presented by The Alliance For A New Humanity, and met in Amman, Jordan with HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal and in Costa Rica with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
President Oscar Arias to discuss practical ways in which music can play a pivotal role in raising capable young people committed to peace. For efforts such as these,
in addition to his artistic achievements, Nestor Torres is the recipient of many awards, including two honorary doctorate degrees from Barry University and Carlos Albizu University.
For all that, Nestor Torres’ multi-cultural fusion sounds are expressions of today’s world: a Crossover fusion of Latin, Classical, Jazz and Pop sounds. Rich and engaging, complex and exuberant, profound yet accessible.
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