Bio

Biografía

Comienza los estudios de saxo a los 10 años, en el conservatorio de San Fernando, Cádiz, y tiene sus primeros contactos con el Jazz asistiendo a varios seminarios de Jazz impartidos por Jerry Bergonzi, Dick Oatts, Jim Snidero y Perico Sambeat. 

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En 2011 finaliza los estudios superiores de Jazz en el centro Superior de música del País Vasco,

Musikene, donde tiene comoprofesores a Mikel Andueza, Guillermo Klein, Jordi Rossi, Bob Sands, Miguel Blanco, Perico Sambeat, Andrej Olejnizak y Guillermo McGill entre otros. Es durante su estancia en el País Vasco donde nace su propio proyecto, Antonio Lizana Group, al que se dedica en la actualidad, y con el que ha tocado en numerosos festivales de jazz como el de San Sebastián, Ciclo 1906 Jazz, 365 Jazz Bilbao, Jazzymás Canarias, Sherry Jazz Jerez, Girando Por Salas… 

Recientemente ha sido galardonado con el premio Cádiz Joven, en el campo del arte, como reconocimiento a su proyección.

Ha participado con la Afrodisian Orchestra de Miguel Blanco (Satierismos 2011) donde interviene como saxofonista, arreglista y cantaor.

Colabora también con la Afro-latin-jazz Orchestra de Arturo O’farrill, con sede en New York, como cantaor y saxofonista, en cuyo último disco ha colaborado, y con el cual han ganado un Grammy al mejor disco de latín jazz instrumental. Con esta Big Band ha compartido escenario con los hermanos Andy y Jerry González, Dave Valentin , Papo Vázquez, Pablo Mayor, Cristina Pato, Ximo Tévar, Gregg Agust, entre otros…

Ha trabajado con artistas como Samuel Torres, Pablo Martín Caminero, Ana Salazar, Patáx, Gabacho Maroconnection, Guillermo McGill, Manolo Carrasco, Ariadna Castellanos, Big Band de Andalucía (Dirigida por Zé Eduardo), Big Band de Las Palmas (Dirigida por Francisco Blanco “Latino”), Los Atlánticos, Ea!, Maita Vende Cá o Mario Díaz y ha colaborado con Miguel Ríos, Chambao, Raimundo Amador, David de María, José Mercé, Juan Parrilla, India Martínez, Tucara, Rancapino…

Biography

Antonio Lizana is, above all, a saxophone player. He began playing this instrument at the age of 10 at the San Fernando Conservatory in Cádiz, but he first contacted with jazz a few years later when he attended several workshops by Jerry Berganza, Dick Oatts, Jim Snidero and Perico Sambeat. In 2011 he finished his jazz studies at the Centro Superior de Música del País Vasco, where he started his own project, Antonio Lizana Group.

He was rewarded with the Cádiz Joven Award in recognition of his impact as an artist; he has taken part in the Miguel Blanco’s Afrodisian Orchestra (Satierismos 2011), where he plays the saxophone, sings, and is in charge of arrangements. He has collaborated on the last album by Arturo O’Farrill’s Big Band, which is based in New York, as a saxophone player, singer and arranger, being this album a Grammy winner as Best Instrumental Latin Jazz Album. Together with this big band he has shared the stage with Andy & Jerry González brothers, Dave Valentin, Papo Vázquez, Pablo Mayor, Cristina Pato, Ximo Tévar or Gregg Agust, among others.

All this baggage carry weight on the cosmopolitan sound that characterizes Oriente, a name that, by the way, is not empty of meaning: on the likewise titled song, the Cádiz-born artist introduces new grooves and sounds from Eastern Europe that perfectly fit into the blend of the essential elements of his music, jazz and flamenco. The album builds on the triangle made up of this extraordinarily magnetic song, the jazz-laden “Fronteras” and the flamenco sound on “Vengo Perdío”; Oriente travels around the world with the guidance of the instruments mastered by Lizana. “Nos Quisimos Así” or “Isla de los Vientos”, for example, militate in favor of the American genre whereas songs like “Alegría Mari” encourage us to sing and dance flamenco.

Likewise, Oriente sees Lizana evolve into a mature singer; to the point that now it’s even more difficult to distinguish between the sax player who sings and the singer who plays the saxophone. The artist Javier Ruibal claims that Antonio is a singer AND a saxophonist at the same time, and that he performs both roles with a grace and consistency that is “almost impossible to imitate”. And he may be right.