Lluc Casares

Lluc Casares (Barcelona, ​​1990). Tenor Saxophone and Clarinet, fond of composition and arrangements for different instrumental formats. Back from New York after studying 2 years at The Juilliard School with teachers of the stature of Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Washington and Ben Wolfe. Lluc is the first person from the Iberian Peninsula to have studied the prestigious Artist Diploma program at Juilliard. Before that, he completed an undergraduate degree at ESMUC (Catalonia’s Music College) and a masters degree at CvA (Conservatorium Van Amsterdam) where he received classes from the European legend Ferdinand Povel, During this time Lluc participated in a half-year exchange with Temple University (Philadelphia) where he studied with the famous saxophonist Dick Oatts.

Lluc’s new record, Septet (The Changes), is due for November 2021. Sketches Overseas (Outside In Music 2018) is Lluc’s last album as leader. Recorded in New York, it has won the “Best Jazz Album of 2018” award by the Enderrock magazine in Spain. His first album as a leader, RED (Temps Records 2015) led him to play under his name on the most important stages of Amsterdam and Barcelona. Lluc has recorded more than 20 albums as a sideman and is member of the bands Smack Dab and The Gramophone Allstars Big Band. He has played in some of the most important festivals in Europe such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Marciac Jazz Festival, Jazz Middelheim, Baloise Session, and the Terrassa Jazz Festival among others. He has also played in clubs such as the Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola and Fat Cat in NYC, Bimhuis in Amsterdam, Jamboree in Barcelona and the Jazz at Lincoln Center in Shanghai. Throughout his career, Lluc has been fortunate to play with such musicians as Dr. John, Nicholas Payton, Frank Wess, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Jon Faddis, Jesse Davis, Arturo Sandoval, Wendell Brunious, Grant Stewart, Ben Van Gelder or Benjamin Herman among others.

Together with a group of like-minded musician friends, in 2019 in Lluc he formed The Changes, a collective and record label aimed at launching new projects without the guidelines and limitations of external agents.

Lluc teaches at the ESEM (Taller de Musics in Barcelona), ESMUC, has also taught at the CSMIB (Superior Conservatory of Music of the Balearic Islands) and has given a seminar at the Turin Conservatory (Italy) and several masterclasses at 2 institutes in Shanghai (China).
One of the peak moments of his career has been recently, when the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis invited him to play a song at a packed Palau de la Música Catalana in February 2020.

Lluc proudly plays and endorses a Backun Q series Bb Clarinet.