This entertaining, heartfelt proposal, conducted and imagined by Jorge Quesada is conceived around 2014 because of an inquisitive desire to continue immersed inside the ebbs and flows that fuse tradition and modernity, between the roots and the fruits of a giant tree called music.
OMBRA’s music remains especially relevant within the boundaries of Ethno-Jazz and Jazz-Fusion genres since its compositions are mainly based on melodies and lyrics of an Andalusian and Israeli character. Mediterranean culture and civilizations play an important role shaping Ombra’s musicality as jazzy scales are combined with Arab and Turkish tradition as well as ancient ‘ladino’ or Sephardim (medieval Castilian Spanish anciently spoken in Israel) poetry.
The name “OMBRA” has a profound cultural meaning that can be explained through three main concepts: first and foremost ‘OM’, a sacred mantra coming from dharmic religions (such as Buddhism or Hinduism) in which the unity between mind-body is represented by powerful and sacred sounds; secondly ‘RA’ symbolizes a ‘Great God’, ‘God of the Sun’ or ‘God of the Origin of Life’, and last but not least, the Greek consonant BETA (B) represents Greece – the ultimate Mediterranean civilization – washed by the waters of this Sea that also acts as a hub for the exchange of knowledge and traditions between Eastern and Western cultures.
The sum of it all makes up the word OM-B-RA, which also means ‘shadow’ in three Mediterranean languages (Catalan, Valencian, Italian) … a natural wonder of a playful, mysterious and peculiar character… and of course an extremely sought after companion if we think about the scorching temperatures that some areas of the Mediterranean can reach.
Jorge Quesada. Piano & voice.
Since 1996 to present date, Jorge has dedicated his time to the study, development, perform and research of the piano and the human voice as instruments. His learning process has taken him through Classical piano studies , Jazz, Latin Jazz & World Music. As a result, he became a very versatile composer and performer.
He also has developed different percussion studies from the latin sides to the african and east european cultures, envolving as complete musician
He has played in different places around Europe (France – Unesco World Heritage, London – Westminster Abbey, Netherland – Big Rivers Fest, Italy – Fest della Oralitá Popolare… )South America ( different places of Cuba ), Africa ( Merzouga – Fest.Int.des Musiques du Monde) and Russia ( Arkjhangelsk Street Festival ). His current style fuses both traditional and modern disciplines, which he has cleverly made use of over recent years on several live projects
Finally he ´s living in Barcelona and continues developing himself day by day.
As a result of this learning process, Jorge sets forth on OMBRA, his own personal project.
Kristina Bijelic Voice & Violin.
Kristina Bijelic is a multilingual, multi-genre vocalist and violinist who made her professional debut at age 12. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, she graduated with honours from the University of Toronto with a bachelor’s degree in musicology, and later a master’s degree in Contemporary Performance from Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus, as well as a certificate in Jazz Performance from Humber College in Toronto. Trained in voice and violin since childhood, Kristina has performed on stages across North America and Europe, and has since expanded her repertoire to include contemporary styles such as jazz, pop, Latin, and traditional Balkan music. She is thrilled to have joined OMBRA, in which she looks forward to contributing her experience and sharing it with musicians of traditions and styles, in hopes of contributing to the further development of this artistic project.
Andranik Muradyan. Duduk & Clarinet.
Andranik was formed on wind instruments at the Musical School of Erevan (Armenia) where he specialized as a duduk and clarinet player.
For more than ten years, he played and toured his own country extensively before moving to Spain where he became a member of ‘Barbod’ and ‘Yacine & The Oriental Groove’. It was with these two formations that Andranik got himself immersed into greek, Armenian, arab and Spanish music whilst touring Spain’s main cities.
He currently resides in Barcelona, where he keeps developing his musical skills and finds himself at home.
Rafael Lagunas. battery & percussion.
Born in Barcelona in 1988 and trained in different bands while complementing his training at the Municipal Conservatory of Barcelona. At the age of 12, he started private drum lessons with masters from the city of Barcelona with great national and international renown.
Some years later when he returns to music after a little break, he starts at the Professional Conservatory of the Liceo in Barcelona. In the second year of his career, he managed to become the drummer of the Big Band of the conservatory, and in his promotion to third grade he was selected to participate in the CaixaFòrum i Liceu co-production of the show PUM-SUM-KÀ! Performing more than 40 performances throughout the peninsula and the Balearic Islands. In the present and settled in the city of Barcelona, he continues to embark on various projects ranging from teaching to Armenian music.
José Borjas. Double-bass.
He presents himself with a musical education such as Bachelor of Music at the Autonomous University of Honduras (C.A), having received music courses of camera music, jazz ensemble or musical language. He has practiced as a music teacher in various schools between 2000 and 2009. Inside his musical experience, It is worth noting that he has played as a double bass player more than five years in the National Symphony Orchestra of Honduras. He has also traveled through music through cities such as Honduras; Costa Rica; Guatemala; El Salvador (C.A); New York City, North Caroline (U.S.A); Barcelona (Spain), going through styles such as Jazz; Bossa-Nova; Latin-Jazz,
among others, and thus giving rise to the formation of several musical projects with important relevance. He immersed himself in the study of the domain and interpretation of World-Music and the Jazz-Fusion as double bass player with this project, thus enhancing these styles and providing a musical warmth to the sound set.
Albert Pintor. Oud &Bahlama.
Since 1997 is playing and improving some great instruments like the indian Sitar or the turkish Oud and Bahlama, having gone through different stages of study in places like Benarés (India) or Turkey with wonderful masters. Besides that, he also plays guitar and is a good composer, having composed for his bands as well as for audiovisuals and documentaries for camps of Intermon Oxfam.
In 2006 Albert begans as a musician and co-funder of Sada Bcn, one of the most prestigious bands of World Music on the Barcelona and Iberian scene, having played at international festivals such as the Festival of Popular Music of Torino, or the International Festival of World Music in Merzouga (Ergg Chiabbi, Sahara, Africa .)
He is also composing for OMBRA.