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Jazz: Gypsy Jazz Moods: Type: Acoustic Moods: Featuring Guitar Moods: Instrumental Jazz: Dixieland

By Location
Spain

Links
Pere Soto gypsy trio web site

Django's Castle

www.peresoto.com
peresoto@peresoto.com


PERE SOTO

Born in Badalona (Catalonia, Spain) the 20 of november of 1958.
Guitar player, composer, arranger, music producer.

Self - taught musician. He has demonstrated a tremendous interest in all musical genres, starting in the world of Rock and Blues and moving to Jazz. He has excelled in several groups and as a solo artist, and he has made several recordings and performed in concerts and festivals in the United States, Mexico and Europe.

Some of the most importants events are:

In 1992 his first Compact-disc, “Metanoic”, published in Holland with the Pere Soto and Bill Gerhardt Quartet, was selected by Jazz South Federation (USA), best CD of the month and broadcoasted all over the United States.

In 1994 his second CD of Pere Soto and Bill Gerhardt Quartet “Particular Vernacular”, recorded in Brooklyn (N. York), played with;
Bill Gerhardt, Dave Douglas, Dave Liebman, Ben Allison and Jeff Ballard.

In 1999 appears with Big John Patton Band in the North Sea Jazz Festival, (Holland)

In 2000 his String Quartet nº 2 is performed by “ EL cuarteto de la ciudad de México”, in Mexico City.

In 2004 he has played in Spain, Holland, England, México, and completed a three month long tour USA-MEXICO (WaterTown, New York, Ashville, Charlotte, North Carolina, Greenville, South Carolina, Austin, Texas, Pórtland, Oregon, San Miguel de Allende and Queretano (México).

…as a GUITAR PLAYER

since 1984, he is leading the Catalan International gypsy jazz band “Django's Castle” (www.chetman.com/django'scastle).

The band has been release 9 Cds: Nuages 2001, Prisoners of Love 2002, El caliqueño del Califa 2004 and Blue Drag 2003, Swing Gitane 2009, Duets manouche 2010, Swing Hotel du Vin 2010, Tres Mamuts a Liiput 2011, Pere Soto amb amics 2014
Also his song Menor-k blues from Prisoners of Love appears on the last recopilation Cd from Hot Club Records, Norway, Django Festival 3- gypsy Swing today 2004 with big gypsy names like Jimmy Rosenberg, Angelo Debarre, John larsen, Walter Malosetti, etc.

And play on severals Festivals and concerts around the world:
Birmigham Jazz Festival, England, Jazz Festival Terrassa, Spain, Watertown, NY, USA, etc…


and leads also other projects :
- Pere Soto√drums #2
- Pere Soto trio
- Pere Soto & TOTAL GUITAR PROJECT
- 3 FREE
- Pere Soto gypsy trio

As a free sideman he has been involved on differents projects from Be-bop to Avantgarde music all over the world.


…As a COMPOSER
(http://members.sibeliusmusic.com/chetman)

In 1983 he discovered the music of J- S. Bach whose spiritual force and enormous musical power struck him. From the onwards, he inmersed himself in the world of the classical composers. Special mention should be made of three great maestros from last century, namely Charles Ives, Olivier Messiaen, Bela Bartok.
His passion for the music and the composition is his life.
He has write for guitar, ensembles, string quartets, an unfinish opera, piano, etc...
Recents and upcoming performings:
-“String quartet nº 2”, México city, 2000
-“Mas alla de la Madre superiora for guitar, harp and bandurria”
-“Lamento Molecular for Harp”,
-“El bufón de Liliput for two guitars”,
-“When the Ocean becomes Chromatic” for Harmonica and quartet of clarinets.

CRONOLOGIC BIOGRAPHY

In 1985 produced and do the orchestra arrangements ofAdoracion (gospel record) in Florida, USA.
Later in 1989, his own work “Coincidencias” was nominated on Radio Nacional 4 (Spain) as Best Record of the year, and was broadcast on short wave by Hilversum radio station (Holland) around the world.

In 1989 produce his album “Coincidencias” with the best local players of Catalunya and become the most broadcast jazz album of the jazz catalan history,.more than 1000 times in 2 years by Catalunya Radio.
Also was nominated on Radio Nacional 4 (Spain) for the Best Record of the year, and was broadcast on short wave by Hilversum radio station (Holland) around the world.

In 1992 his first Compact-disc, “Metanoic”, published in Holland with the Pere Soto and Bill Gerhardt Quartet, was selected by Jazz South Federation (USA), best CD of the month and broadcoasted all over the United States.

In 1993 plays with Joe Gallivan at the Cova del Drac, Barcelona.
(Cecil Taylor enjoy de concert as an special guest).

In 1994 his second CD of Pere Soto and Bill Gerhardt Quartet “Particular Vernacular”, recorded in Brooklyn (N. York), played with;
Bill Gerhardt, Dave Douglas, Dave Liebman, Ben Allison and Jeff Ballard.

In May 1997 he visited and played in San Francisco (California) at the Mouskoni center for the Java conference.

In 1998 recorded with Fay Victor (USA) the Cd “In my Own Room” for Timeless Records.

In 1999 appears with Big John Patton Band in the North Sea Jazz Festival, (Holland)

In 2000 plays at RADIO UNAM, México city with Roberto Aymes trio.
His string Quartet nº 2 is performed by “ EL cuarteto de la ciudad de México”, in México City.

In 2001 appears with his band Django’s Castle at the Birmingham Jazz Festival, England with a tremendous success.

In 2002 several festival in spain and radio TV programs with Django’s Castle.

In 2003 does some colaborations with Cráneo de Jade, México city. and Oaxaca and Marta Saenz. Fiestas de Huajupan.

In 2004
-1º performing of the PERE SOTO & TOTAL GUITAR PROJECT, St. Cugat del Vallès, Spain.


England tour July 2004
-Birmingham jazz Festival
-Warwick Festival

Usa tour 2004
-Watertown festival, NY
-North Carolina tour with Bill gerhardt, Mike Holstein, bass Byron Hedgepeth, drums, etc…
-Concert for The Jazz Composers Forum at the Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville
-Master class of Django Reinhardt and his music at the UNCA, university of Asheville, NC.
-In Texas he has recorded on the Cd “Wake Up Dead Man” by saxophonist Alex Coke. While in Texas he performed with Rich Harney, Chris Maresh, Chris Searles. And he has worked as an Assistant arranger and scoring on the Tina Marsh project: “Courage of the Butterfly”.
-Radio concert-interview at KMHD Portland, Oregon
- San Miguel de Allende multidisciplinary performance with OSCAR MARTINEZ (painter- visual artist) and special concert in the theatre Angela Peralta

Pere has played with :

John Engels, Arjen Gorter, Han Beninck, Dave Douglas, Tom Cora, Niko Langenhuisen, Evan Tate, Lou Donaldson, Jordi Rossi, Mario Rossy, Perico Sambeat, Sean Bergin, Jeff Ballard, Marc Miralta, Ben Allison, Bill Gerhardt, Joe Malinga, Joe Gallivan, Tony Moore, Roberto Lecaros, Mario Lecaros, Jordi Gardeñas, Salvador Font, Fay Victor, Carla Cook, David Xirgu, Alex Coke, Marc Mommass, Martin Van Duijhoven,Tristan Honsingen, Clare Foster, Ray Appleton, Alesis Cuadrado, Jasper Bloom, Clarence Becton, Joris Teepe, Jos Machtel, Dave Liebman, Lonnie Smith, Walter Lampe, Remy Alvarez, Mike Holstein, Rich Harney, Chris Maresh, Chris Searles, etc


REVIEWS

Warwick Festival 2004...England
this catalan group is certainly the dream team among bands in the Hot club of France tradition...

BIRMINGHAM POST AUTUMN 2002, England
Django's castle is, paradoxically, both one of the most authentic and one of the most original of the numerous Django-inspired bands, featuring the repertoire of the Hot Club of France and Pere Soto originals in the Django tradition as well as standards. Soto is steeped in Djangology, but his own compositions are anything but derivative. He virtuoso guitar playing lies at the heart of the group, and he is so immersed in the Django tradition that he even adopts the great man's fingering /two fingers short) for the classic Nuages.
‘... a long-awaited return appearance from Django’s Castle, those magnificent crusading Reinhardt obsessives from Barcelona. Pere Soto leads his fellow guitarists in a glorious cascade of dancing notes ...’


BIRMINGHAM EVENING MAIL - JULY 2002, England
Pere Soto’s group’s distinctive brand of gypsy jazz demanded attention with its compelling rhythms and quirkily unexpected melodies.


THE JAZZ RAG (England)
' Pere Soto's distinctive brand of gypsy jazz commands attention
with its compelling rhythms and quirkily unexpected melodies.'


WILLIAM JAMES, BIRMINGHAM EVENING MAIL - JULY 2002

DJANGO'S CASTLE Birmingham International Jazz Festival

The big hit of last year's festival, but still comparatively little known in this country, the Catalan quintet, Django's Castle, has returned for four days of joyful and intensive music making. Even performing for the afternoon shoppers in the Pallasades, Pere Soto's group's distinctive brand of gypsy jazz demanded attention with its compelling rhythms and quirkily unexpected melodies. Soto's virtuoso guitar playing lies at the heart of the group, so steeped in the Django traditon that he even adopts the great man's fingering (i.e. two fingers short) for the classic Nuages. Pere brings the dynamism to Django's Castle. An expert in flamenco music, he is anything but a Reinhardt clone, duetting whimsically with bassist Joan Marti or engaging in hell-for-leather pursuits with his other two guitarists. As well as the repertoire of the Hot Club of France, notably the hauntingly beautiful melody from which they derive their name,Django's Castle feature Pere Soto originals in the Django tradition and roar through standards like Sweet Georgia Brown, powered by the rhythm guitars of Joan Ramon Punti and Josep Traver.

METRO LIFE, England
'... a long-awaited return appearance from Django's Castle, those magnificent crusading Reinhardt obsessives from Barcelona. Pere Soto leads his fellow guitarists in a glorious cascade of dancing notes ...'

Lechodescuillere 2002 (FRANCE)

Ce groupe ibérique en est à sa deuxième (auto) production. Le guitariste Pere Soto, leader de la formation, y exprime encore son admiration pour le génial manouche. Mais Pere, s'il connaît parfaitement la musique de Django, est aussi influencé par d'autres musiques (guitaristes ?) et cela s'entend principalement dans son phrasé : l'ombre de Larry Corryell (le fameux disque "Young Django"
avec Stéphane Grappelli et Philippe Catherine) ou même de Robert Johnson (quelques bends sauvages). Sur le disque précédent notre homme jouait sur une ovation folk et nous le regrettions un peu (le son un peu ...) mais cette fois-ci, Pere manoeuvre sur un modèle réglementaire bouche en D, ce qui ne l'empêche pas de faire à sa façon. Les reprises sont arrangées maison (Minor swing, Djangology, Douce ambiance, Body and soul) et donnent ce qu'on peut attendre d'un bon quartet à trois guitares (un seul soliste) et une contrebasse. Ne nous étendons pas sur l'intérprétation vocale de "There will never be another you", à moins qu'il faille l'écouter au second degré, ni sur la mise en place assez maladroite de "Place de Brouckère". En revanche, la version de "Body and soul" est une surprise : après une intro-solo de guitare un peu moderno-complexe, vient subitement s'imposer une rythmique et un son digne du QHCF, avec un joli chorus et les craquements du gramophone, chouette clin d'oeil. Il faut retenir également les jolies compositions du leader, le swinguant "Menor-K" avec la voix de Pere à l'unisson, la délicieuse "Hele Guify" ou la fière "rumba 2001", la version de "Jitterburg waltz" peuutilisée en swing à cordes. L'album conclut sur une impro solo très nostalgique intitulée "Citlaly". Pere Soto nous laisse espérer unesuite heureuse à l'aventure "Django's Castle", un des rares groupes de ce style en Espagne.

Daniel Meyer, Jazz in Time N° 28, Belgium
"...Pere Soto en connaît un bout, croyez-moi, et il a même eu le temps de se créer, à partir de cette "base" un langage personnel et tout à fait réjouissant."

Carles Armengol, El Punt, 13 de novembre del 1995, Spain
"...Amb el jazz modern de Pere Soto i els seus inseparables músics n’hi ha prou per omplir una hora i mitja de bon concert,"

Carles Torra, La Vanguardia, 11 d’abril del 1992, Spain
"...A Pere Soto puede aplicársele el tópico de que nadie es profeta en su tierra, pues desconocido por estos predios, goza de enorme consideración en los Paises Bajos.

Amsterdam, World Music/Jazz 1993, Holland
"...the spanish born, self-taught guitarist, composer and arranger Soto is recognised as a leader in his native musical sound."

David Dupont, Cadence (jazz & Blues: creative improvised music) New York, February 1993, USA
"...Quartet plays tightly riveted ensembles. Within this framework, both leaders play long, clean lyrically turned solos.
...is replete with small virtues and sense of craftsmanship.

Mingus B. Formentor, La Vanguardia, 4 febrero 1993, Spain
"...pláceme recalcar a todo neón que uno de esos brillantísimos jazzmen se ha criado entre Terrassa y Badalona."

Miquel Jurado, El Pais 1 de febrero de 1993, Spain
...Música marcada por la libertad estética y las ansias de ir cada vez más lejos en una búsqueda que no parece tener final.
...El Free Jazz perfectamente asimilado y puesto al dia con una contundencia nada desdeñable.

jazziz july 85 (international jazz magazine)
We’re witnessing a golden age of improvisors. The number of knowledgeable, technically proficient musicians around is scary. Six appear on this CD: guitarrist Soto,pianist Gerhardt,soprano saxophonist Dave Liebman,bassist Ben Allison, drummer Jeff Ballard and trumpeter Dave Douglas... Soto varies his tone quite a bit; sometimes it’s concentrated and penetrating, on other occasions, he produces a broader sound sound reminiscent of John Scofield. At times, he uses distortion effectively.

Marci Miller, Asheville Newspaper Rapid River, USA
A self-taught musician, Soto das his unique originality to every kind of music he plays, whether it’s the “gipsy jazz” (in the tradition od Django Reinhardt) he’s most famous for, or the take-offs on Jimy Hendrix, blues, be-bop, and rock that he loves to throw in whenever he can, As a composer there’s problably no one else like him.

http://www.allmusic.com by Dave Nathan
In my Own Room CD, Fay Victor, (Timeless Records)
There's seven minutes of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Wave" where numerous interpretative avenues are explored by a twisting, turning, probing Victor vocal excursion. Much credit has to go to Pere Soto's guitar who matches the intensity of Victor's in-depth probe of the Jobim tune. For that matter, Soto's exciting, intensive guitar playing, with its occasional soirees into the flamenco, is a major attraction of this album. Since there is only one cut with a piano, his guitar is the principal backing for Victor.

Casa Valdez Studios
The amazing Pere Soto! by Dave Valdez
I ran first into Pere Soto at a jam session at Clyde's Prime Rib here in Portland. He
was in town for a few weeks before going back home to Barcelona. He blew me away.
Besides having massive chops he was astoundingly creative. Pere would sound bluesy one second then boppish, then he World sound like he was playing contemporary classical. His Brazilian playing was even happening! The were no boundaries for Pere Soto, it was all improvisation. When I browsed his web site I found that he does a Django project in Europe called Django's Castle. He has some interesting digital art
on his site too. I sometimes feel trapped out on the west coast. It seems like all anyone wants to play is very inside traditional Bop. Then there is the other extreme here with the totally free players. I like both, but miss the more modern eclectic approach of the East Coast and Europe. Pere is back in town for a little while and is a refreshing addition to the PDX Jazz scene. Let's hope he decides to stay. His site has some great videos that will blow the minds of Django fans. He even does the two finger Django
thing on a few of the videos.


DISCOGRAPHY

AS A LIDER
- Pere Soto Jazz Group (DLR 713-C La Raiz prd.)
- Pere Soto Grup "Coincidencias" (1989 - LP BM-002 Berman Int.)
- Pere Soto & Bill Gerhardt Quartet "Metanoic" ( 1992 - CD 85012-2 Riff)
- Pere Soto & Bill Gerhardt Quartet "Particular Venacular" (Planet X New York)
- Django's Castle "Nuages" (2001 - Satchmo)
- Django's Castle "Prisoners of Love" (2002 - Imagen)
- Django's Castle "El caliqueño del califa" (Taller de Músics 2004)
- Django's Castle "Blue Drag" ( Goofy Records 2004)
- Pere Soto & Craneo de Jade encuentro 2003 ( por editar)
- Live in Diana Wortham Theater (2004)
- Pere Soto & Django's Castle "Swing Gitane" (Blau records 2007)
- Pere Soto & David Valdez "Oasis" (Diatic records 2009) (USA)
- Pere Soto & Remi Alvarez “Remisotopos” (Intolerancia records (2009) México
- Pere Soto & Josep Traver " Duets Manouche" (2010)
- Django’s Castle with Bruce Adams “Swing Hotel du Vin” (Big Bear Records 2010) England
- Pere Soto & Django's Castle Tres mamuts a Liliput" (2011)
- Pere Soto - Walter Lampe - Martín Leiton - Jordi Gardeñas "Cosmic Goulash" ( Discordian records 2014)
- Pere Soto amb amics (Arts Harmonica 2014)


AS A SIDEMAN
-Vania Nazaré, "Brasileira-mente" (1996 - CD 001 Sabam)
-Fay Victor, "In My Own Room" (1998 Timeless Records CD SJP446)
-Alex Coke, “Wake Up Dead Man” (2004)
-Django Festival 3, Hot Club Records 2004 (HCRCD109)


FESTIVALS / CONCERTS
SPAIN
-Jazz Festival Terrassa 82-84-86-92 "as headliners)"
-4 Mostra de Jazz Europeu (Barcelona)
-Jazz Festival La Garriga
-Jazz Festival Jaén (Roberto Lecaros quartet)
-Special TV concert (TV3) in the Ancient Monastery of St. Cugat
-Jazz Festival Jazz en la costa (Fay Victor & Bill Gerhardt & Pere Soto)
-Jazz Festival Palencia.95
- 8è Festival de Jazz de Granollers 1998 (Fay Victor & Pere Soto quartet)
-Festival de Jazz Tàrrega 1996 (Djangos Castle)
-Menorca Jazz Festival 2001
-Festes de Maig 2002 (Badalona)
-Albacete Jazz Festival 2002
-Lugo Jazz Festival 2003
-Jazz en la nit Festival 2003 (Premia de Dalt)
-Festa Major St Cugat del Valles 2004 (Pere Soto & Total Guitar Project)
-Jazz a Castelló 2004
-Casa de la Cultura de Gandia Jazz 2004

AUSTRIA
-St Johan Tirol Jazz Festival (Joe Malinga Sudafrican band)

HOLLAND
-Jazz Festival Eindhoven 90 (Tom Cora-Niko Langenhuisen-Pere Soto)
-Jazz Festival Amsterdam 91 (Pere Soto trio)
-Jazz Festival Zwolle (Tom Jones Blues band)
-Bim Huis februari'93 (Pere Soto & Bill Gerhardt quartet)
-North Sea Jazz Festival 1999 (with Big John patton)

BELGIUM
The Botanic cultural center april 96

LUXEMBURG
Den Atelier Jazzclubluxembourg

ENGLAND
-Birmingham Jazz Festival 2001,2002,2003,2004
-Sutton Acoustic guitar Club, Sutton Coldfield
-Warwick Festival 2004

ANDORRA
SuperVocalMeeting 1996 a l'auditori,
Special concert for the President of the Nation

USA
-Jazz Festival Charlotte 92 NC, Pride Jazz, Charlotte 95 NC, Doe Run Resort 95 (Virginia), Jazz Club Visiones august 95 (N. York), Pearl’s Jazz Club, (San Francisco)
-CREATIVE GROVTH CENTER (San Francisco), The Mouskoni Center (San Francisco), Watertown festival 2004, NY, Diana Wortham Theatre , (Asheville), NC 2004, Central Market, Austin TX, with Alex Coke Quintet, Live concert-interview at Radio KMHD, Portland, Oregon.

MEXICO
- Jazz Festival México 2000 (invitado de Cráneo de Jade), Aniversario de Radio UNAM 2000 (con Roberto Aymes trio), Concierto especial 2001 Escuela de Bellas Artes de OAXACA, Curso + concierto en el Iago de OAXACA 2003, Fiestas de HUAJUAPAN 2003 ( con Marta Saez), concierto en el teatro Angela Peralta de San Miguel de Allende. San Miguel de Allende multidisciplinary performance with OSCAR MARTINEZ (painter- visual artist.