Marco Mezquida - Ravel's dreams
The impressionist night owl and self-proclaimed anarchist Maurice Ravel, who managed to be expelled from both the piano and the composition courses at the conservatory, drew musical inspiration from jazz (for example in the “Blues” movement of his Violin Sonata No. 2). So it seems only fitting that the jazz pianist Marco Mezquida, who was born in Menorca in 1987, pays homage in turn to Ravel’s legacy.
Together with percussionist Aleix Tobias and cellist Martín Meléndez, he finds a personal and modern point of entry to the French composer’s subtle sound worlds, and he infuses these with his own groovy improvisations and weaves into them in passing the textures of contemporary music. Ravel would certainly have applauded the 30-year-old’s eclectic, cross-genre approach.