Ariel Brínguez comes from a family with a long musical tradition. He received his first music lessons from his grandfather. After graduating from the Villa Clara Art School, he studied at the Escuela Nacional de Arte. In 2007 he graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte.
While still a student, Brínguez became part of Orlando Valle’s Maraca Orchestra and its Otra Visión, one of the most prestigious groups in Cuban popular music and Latin jazz, with whom he performed with Natalie Cole and Wynton Marsalis and at several festivals in North America and Europe attended. He was also on Valle’s Latin Grammy nominated album ¡Tremenda Rumba! (2002) involved.
In 2007 Brínguez presented his debut album Raíces en Colores with his own compositions. This was followed by Nostalgia Cubana in 2016 and Experience in the following year. Since 2009 he has lived in Madrid, where he formed a quartet with his compatriots Reinier Elizarde and Michael Olivera and the Mallorcan guitarist Marcos Collado.
Brínguez has also performed with Chucho Valdés, Irakere, Bobby Carcassés, Julito Padrón, Tata Güines, Changuito Quintana, David Murray and his Latin Big Band, Jorge Luis Chicoy, Perico Sambeat and Grupo Síntesis. Miguel Blanco presented him as a soloist on the album Satierismos (2011) by the Afrodisian Orchestra from Barcelona. He can be heard on the X Alfonso album Revoluxion and Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz’s CD El Tren de los Momentos, as well as on albums by Yelsy Heredia, Marta Sánchez, Luis Verde, Michael Olivera, Pablo Martín Caminero, Daniel García Diego and Reinier Elizarde.
Nostalgia Cubana is an elegant selection of great songs from his native Cuba. A personal and very special project in which he is committed to showing a more intimate musical Cuba, as well as paying homage to the forms cultivated by great artists such as Bola de Nieve, José Antonio Méndez, Eliseo Grenet, Cachaito López or Juanito Márquez will. Melodies and lyrics that have moved several generations and that continue to move us regardless of our constitution or latitude. Brínguez draws on the most danceable Afro-Cuban rhythms; the beautiful boleros, danzones or the distinguished „Cuban Filin“.
He embarks on a path in which he unravels each of the feelings evoked by the themes of famous poems set to music, already part of universal cultural heritage. Cuban Nostalgia manages to recreate the sonic environment of Cuba in the 1950s, reviving it while nourishing it with current musical concepts in a repertoire that continuously evokes passion as the essence of man.
ARIEL BRÍNGUEZ AND IVAN “MELON” LEWIS
A careful selection of Cuban songs of all times where contemporary elements and the lyrical musical heritage of the Island converge. Symbiosis of two of the most outstanding representatives of the current music scene, exposing their vision of the treatment that organically intertwines popular music and chamber music with a Cuban accent. An appointment with the past, present and future highlighting the danzón, the contradanza, the son montuno, the jazz and European classical music to pave the way.
Several times nominated for the Latin Grammy Awards (1974, Pinar del Río, Cuba) is recognized as one of the most influential pianists of his generation. In the 90s he stood out for his work with the Cuban singer Issac Delgado, marking an unrepeatable era and sound. Based in Spain since 1998, he has collaborated with the most important artists in Spain and Europe. Joan Manuel Serrat, Joaquín Sabina, José Luis Perales, Sole Giménez, Charles Aznavour, Mariza and his long and fruitful collaboration with the Spanish-Guinean Buika are the credentials of this pianist, arranger and music producer.
Ariel Brínguez is a saxophonist, composer and arranger. He graduated from the University of the Arts of Havana (Cuba). He has taught classes at the National School of Art of Cuba, in the specialties of Improvisation in jazz and Latin Music. He has also conducted jazz composition and improvisation workshops throughout Cuba, Quito (Ecuador), Edmonton, Calgary and Medicine Hat in Canada. In 2004 and 2005 he obtains the First Prize in the International JoJazz Contest, in the category of „Performance“ and „Composition“, respectively. At that time, he plays at the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival with Chucho Valdés and Irakere New Conception. Brínguez has played with artists such as Tata Güines, Changuito, Larry Willis, Horacio “El Negro”, Joaquín Cortés, Simply Red, Javier Limón, Perico Sambeat, Javier Colina, Ivan “Melón” Lewis, Alain Pérez, Paquito D‘ Rivera, Ojos de Brujo or Alejandro Sanz. He has recorded albums with great musicians and also has several records as leader of his own quintet. As a teacher, he has taught at the Olga Alonso Vocational School of Art in Cuba, as well as in Creative Music where he has taught Saxophone.