The HISPANISTAN project offer a repertoire that reviews, reinterprets, and arranges traditional and folkloric music of the Balkans, Sephardic Jews, Turks, Spaniards, Greeks, and Italians among others, as well as offers their own current songs and compositions.

Joaquín Sánchez Gil

Clarinet

(Almargen, Spain)


Born in Almargen (Málaga, Spain), Joaquín plays clarinets and a myriad of other conventional and unconventional wind instruments. He has performed with Rubem Dantas Trio/Sextet, the Granada Reunion Band, The Dubi Dubi Band with Paul Stocker, David el Marqués “Agua”, Guga Murray, Guillermo Morente, Hispanistán, Multaka, Fathi-Ben Yakoub and Driss Nigra, Basido, LaLoLa and the Bass Clarinet Trio of Granada. He was graduated in Music Education from the University of Granada. He teaches and plays in...

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José María Pedraza Sánchez

Piano and keyboard

(Antequera, Spain)


Andalusian composer and pianist born in Antequera (Málaga). He began his elementary musical studies at the age of 7 years in the Municipal Band and Elemental Conservatory in his hometown. Continue studying piano, harmony and composition at the Conservatory of Malaga and Conservatory of Music Angel Barrios of Granada. He studied Piano Modern Jazz Harmony and Composition in different courses and master classes with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Aaron Goldberg, Bruce Barth, Dave Kikoski, Albert Sanz, Joan Diaz...

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Alfredo Sarno

Drums

(Napoli, Italy)


Alfredo was born in Naples (Italy), he studied drums and classical percussions at the Conservatory of Music G. Martucci at Salerno where he was graduated with maximum qualifications. In the same period he discovered jazz and folk music percussions being involved in many different projects. (Tamburellando, Batuna Samba Group, Joe Blow, Move, of the Basilica di Santa Chiara , Conservatory Orchestra). He participate to the summer courses of "Nuoro Jazz" where he won the scholarship "Billy Sechi" ...

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Joan Masana Moya

Double bass

(Barcelona, Spain)


Born in Barcelona in 1977, he graduated in the "Aula de Jazz" Barcelona where he obtained the title of Grade average modern music and jazz. He continued receiving lessons with teachers such as Carlos Belafonte, Horacio Fumero, Joan Rectoret, Michel Hatzieorgiou, among others. He plays in Barcelona music scene with such a renowned ensembles as: La Fundición (candombe Uruguay), Andreu Zaragoza Jazz Quartet; Llibert Fortuny group, among others. He plays in Barcelona music scene with such a renowned ensembles as ...

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Project Hispanistan


A varied repertoire that draws from traditional sources to create a musical universe that reflects the influences and trends that the music receives, elements of jazz and other modern music merge with tradition creating a unique meeting place.

Musical experience as well as their research regarding folk music, improvisation, communication and creativity unite these musicians from cardinal points of the Mediterranean to develop and share a common musical language, using Granada as their stage.

The group features Eleni Pozatzidou on vocals, José María Pedraza on piano and keyboard; Joan Masana on double bass; Alfredo Sarno on drums and percussion and Joaquín Sánchez Gil on clarinet and other wind instruments.

This is a project that delves into the roots, which interprets the depths of tradition and unites it with the plurality of the musical melting pot of our times.

"Elements of jazz and other modern styles merge
with tradition, creating a unique meeting place".