Pianist and Composer-Arranger Rafael A Nazario (also, Rafael) lives in Sydney, Australia. where he enjoys an active career as a performer and teacher. Nazario’s playing has been showcased in numerous Sydney venues and jazz festivals.
Nazario has performed in Japan, Mexico, Korea, Austria, France, Australia, and all throughout the United States at jazz clubs, art galleries, jazz festivals, and radio.
Originally from Puerto Rico, Nazario began studying music at the age of eighteen. He earned a Bachelor of Music Composition from the University of Portland and also attended the University of Salzbürg, Austria. He later returned for studies towards his Masters and also studied privately in Los Angeles.
His singer-songwriter debut, the jazz-tinged Patria Añorada (1999), was acclaimed as a classic of the “Nueva Canción” style. Nazario’s bi-cultural background informs his multi-genre approach to music. As a pianist, he enjoys playing and composing in a broad swath of styles, Jazz, Classical, Swing, Ambient, Pop and Latin. This makes classification of his musical output into a neat “category” nearly impossible.
Nazario has taught piano and harmony, jazz improvisation and performance both privately and at music workshops in the Sydney area for the last five years. He has also coached kids’ rock bands and music production classes.
In addition to his ongoing creative pursuits as a composer and writer, Nazario holds a passion for Salsa dancing, which has become a significant influence in his life since 1996.
2013 saw the release of the film “Goddess”, featuring the song “Don’t Give Up”, which Nazario co-wrote with Joanna Weinberg. Rafael also produced and arranged Ms Weinberg’s ‘Piano Diaries’ album (2011).