Lluc Casares (1990). Devoted to music since a very early age, Lluc grew up surrounded by the sounds of Sonny Stitt and Louis Armstrong, but also the Afro-Cuban All-Stars and Earth, Wind and Fire. His father, Pau Casares, was his very first clarinet teacher and mentor.
Lluc has been part of the prestigious Artist Diploma Ensemble at the Juilliard School of Music of New York. Through his career, he has performed with Dr. John, Nicholas Payton, Frank Wess, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Jon Faddis, Jesse Davis, Arturo Sandoval, Wendell Brunious, Grant Stewart, Perico Sambeat, Ben Van Gelder, Joris Roelofs or Benjamin Herman among others.
Since his time at Juilliard started Lluc got the chance to study with masters as Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Washington, Ben Wolfe, Charles Neidich, Ted Rosenthal or Ron Blake. Before that, Lluc got his Bachelor’s degree at ESMUC (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya) and his Masters at CvA (Conservatorium Van Amsterdam) studying with the local legend Ferdinand Povel and having the chance to spend one semester at Temple University (Philadelphia) with Dick Oatts.
Sketches Overseas (Outside In Music 2018) is Lluc’s last album and features Joel Ross, Philip Dizack, Addison Frei, Mark Lewandowski, Francesco Ciniglio. It’s been awarded as “Jazz album of the year” by the Enderrock magazine in Catalonia. His first release, RED (Temps Records 2015) made possible for him to play under his name at the most important venues in Amsterdam and Barcelona. He has recorded more than 20 albums as a sideman. Lluc has also performed in major Jazz festivals around Europe like the North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Marciac Jazz Festival, Jazz Middelhein, Baloise Session, and Festival de Jazz de Terrassa among others and venues like Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola and Fat Cat in NYC, Bimhuis in Amsterdam and Jamboree in Barcelona.