Manel Fortia is a Catalan Bassist based in New York with a long career as a performer and impoviser in jazz and modern music that has led her to play with great national and international figures such as Dave Liebman, Chris Cheek, Bill McHenry, Eliot Zigmund, Arturo O’Farrill, Chano Dominguez, Antonio Serrano… among many others. He has also led his own projects like, for example, the acclaimed duo with the prestigious pianist Marco Mezquida. He has recorded more than 40 albums and has performed in some of the most important International Jazz Festivals.
Manel Fortia is a Catalan Bassist based in New York with a long career as an interpreter, improviser and composer in jazz and modern music that has led him to play with great national and international figures such as Dave Liebman, Chris Cheek, Bill McHenry, Eliot Zigmund, Ari Hoenig, Arturo O’Farrill, Chano Dominguez, Antonio Serrano, Antonio Lizana… among many others. He has also led his own projects like, for example, the acclaimed duo with the prestigious pianist Marco Mezquida.
He has played in many prestigious International Jazz Festivals such as Barcelona Jazz Festival, Madrid Jazz Festival, Vitoria Jazz Festival, Terrassa Jazz Festival, ViJazz (Vilafranca del Penedes), Temudas Festival (Las Palmas), PortaJazz Festival (Portugal), Percussos Da Musica (Portugal), Valado des Frades Jazz Festival (Portugal), Rocella Jazz Festival (Italy), Sud Tirol Jazz Festival (Italy), Lecco Jazz Festival (Italy), Arcange Music Festival (Rusia)… as well as in emblematic Jazz Clubs as Jamboree Jazz Club (Barcelona), Cafe Central (Madrid), Bogui Jazz (Madrid), Bilbaina Jazz Club (Bilbao), Jimmy Glass (Valencia), Rubicon (Santander), Filhoa (Coruña), Jazzazza (Murcia), Hot Five (Porto), Bimhuis (Amsterdam), Cafe Alto (Amsterdam), Cornelia Street Cafe (New York), Fat Cat (New York), Shapeshifter Lab (Brooklyn), Terraza 7 (Queens)…
He has recorded more than 40 albums as leader and sideman, including ‘My Old Flame’ with Marco Mezquida, ‘Bulería Brooklyniana’ with Marques/ Fortia/ Pannier, ‘Beige’ with Sergi Sirvent Smooth Trio and ‘Les Crisalides’ with Sabina Witt.
On the early days of his professional career he won the prestigious Sona 9 contest youth award with the band Pulpopop (2010). In the same period he also was the winner of the 2010 and 2011 Jazz Fringe Contest otorged by the Jazz Festival of Girona with GRA ‘the trio’ and Psicolab 5tet. Then he won the Jazz Fusion 2013 contest of the Mans Paideia Foundation in A Coruña with TAK!. However, he also was awarded in the editions 2012 and 2014 of the Castelló Jazz Contest with GRA ‘the trio’, TAK! and Vernau Mier 5tet, among other recognitions.
Awarded with a scholarship by the prestigious Superior School of Music of Catalonia (ESMUC), where he graduated and had the opportunity to study with great masters such as Mario Rossy, Horacio Fumero, Andrew Ackerman, Agustí Fernandez, Lluís Vidal… and many others. Previously, he studied at Taller de Músics with the Grammy Awarded bassist Javier Colina, a master teacher and mentor.