About me

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After spending 3 years living in New York, Manel Fortia comes back to Barcelona with a lot of energy and new projects as a result of this great life experience. Fist of all, his new trio recording “Despertar” with the Spanish pianist Marco Mezquida and the French drummer Raphael Pannier, secondly, the Libérica project together with the saxophonist and cantaor from Cádiz Antonio Lizana, who mixes flamenco, folk songs and free jazz in a very special way. In addition, his album “Fang i Nuvols” (Microscopi, 2020) has recently been released in duo with the singer Magalí Sare, which has been very well received by specialized critics.

His melodic sense, rhythmic precision and creativity have made Manel Fortia one of the most unique and original double bassists of the new generation, and has allowed him to perform and / or record with musicians such as Dave Liebman, Chris Cheek, Eliot Zigmund , Bill McHenry, Ari Hoenig, Chano Dominguez, Raynald Colom… among many others. He has also performed in the most prestigious Jazz festivals and clubs worldwide with different projects of his own.

Throughout his career he has received several awards and recognitions, for example the Jazzer 2020 by the Barcelona Jazzing Festival or the “Terra i Cultura 2019”. He has recorded more than 50 albums as a leader and as a sideman, for example My Old Flame in duet with Marco Mezquida and ‘Estándares’ with Chano Dominguez & Antonio Lizana.

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His melodic sense, rhythmic precision and creativity have made Manel Fortia one of the most unique and original double bassists of the new generation, and has allowed him to perform and / or record with musicians such as Dave Liebman, Chris Cheek, Bill McHenry, Ari Hoenig, Eliot Zigmund, Arturo O’Farrill, Chano Dominguez, Stephane Belmondo, Scott Hamilton, Raynald Colom, Marc Miralta… among many others.

After spending 3 years living in New York, Manel Fortia comes back to Barcelona with a lot of energy and new projects as a result of this great life experience. First of all, his new trio recording “Despertar” with the Spanish pianist Marco Mezquida and the French drummer Raphael Pannier, secondly, the Libérica project together with the saxophonist and cantaor from Cádiz Antonio Lizana, who mixes flamenco, folk songs and free jazz in a very special way. In addition, his album “Fang i Nuvols” (Microscopi, 2020) has recently been released in duo with the singer Magalí Sare, which has been very well received by specialized critics.

Manel has played in many prestigious International Jazz Festivals such as Vitoria Jazz Festival (Spain), Sud Tirol Jazz Festival (Italy), NYC Mediterranean Jazz Festival (USA), Arcange Music Festival (Rusia), Jazz in Sardegna (Italy), Alba Jazz Festival (Italy), Roccella Jazz Festival (Italy), PortaJazz Festival (Portugal), Voll-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival (Spain)… as well as in emblematic Jazz Clubs as Blue Note (New York), Zinc Bar (New York), Bimhuis (Amsterdam), Cornelia Street Cafe (New York), Bar Next Door (New York), An Die Jazz (Baltimore), Hot Five (Porto), Cafe Alto (Amsterdam), Cafe Central (Madrid)…

He has recorded more than 50 albums as a leader and as a sideman, for example ‘My Old Flame’ in duet with Marco Mezquida, ‘Estándares’ with Chano Dominguez & Antonio Lizana or ‘Buleria Brooklyniana’ with Albert Marques and Raphael Pannier.

Along his career Manel Fortià has been recognized with multiple awards and recognitions like “Jazzer 2020” by the Jazzing Festival of Barcelona, finalist at “Terra i Cultura 2019” with Magalí Sare, 3 times finalist at Castelló Jazz Contest (2012-2014), winner of Jazz Fussion Contest (2013) with Tak!…

photos: Joan Abella