Lluis Capdevila (1981) grew up by the vineyards of PRIORAT in the Mediterranean Sea (Catalonia, Northeast of Spain). Since early childhood, freedom of expression and creativity connected him to composing and improvising in such a way that even though he pursued a Degree in Law (Barcelona) and a Master’s in Intellectual Property Law (Stockholm), he abandoned that path to focus exclusively on music. Jazz brought him to New York, with the help of a Fulbright grant, where he studied at the Aaron Copland School of Music and received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University. In New York City he has collaborated with established musicians and emerging talents in various venues. DIASPORA (2016) is his debut album and features original compositions inspired by his the New York experiences and the dispersion of his generation, as many left their home country looking for a job opportunities. Petros Klampanis (bass) and Luca Santaniello (drums) joined him in a piano trio recording that has received excellent reviews in the United States and Spain, and left more than fifty concerts. CINEMATIC RADIO (2019) features his original music in a more intimate setting with Petros Klampanis (bass, loops and percussion) and has the collaboration of Tom Harrell (flugelhorn) in one tune. The music is inspired by moods that recall cinema and addressed to a wider audience. In his latest piano album, ETIM (2020), Lluis goes back to his roots to compose during seven months at the  Falset Wine Cathedral (Priorat), with his grand piano surrounded by wine in casks and bottles. Photograhy by Vicens Giménez.

  • «Lluis Capdevila is a wonderful musician. His caring for others come thru in his music. Keep playing and composing Lluis, the music world needs you.»Sheila Jordan, NEA Jazz Master vocalist
  • “He is very intelligent, musically gifted, passionate and eager to learn and learns quickly because of his intense focus on what he is doing”Sophia Rosoff, founder of the Abby Whiteside foundation, educator and pianist
  • “I have found him to be very diligent and dedicated to the music. He has shown the endurance necessary to accomplish what is necessary”Barry Harris, NEA Jazz Master pianist
  • «Diaspora is an absolutely lovely display of the glories of a piano trio. The moods are nostalgic and melancholy yet hopeful, sad yet also playful. This wonderful recording seems to celebrate both the old and new worlds»Donald Elffman, The New York City Jazz Record
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  • “Lluis Capdevila is gifted with a rare musical talent and has demonstrated a potential to become a world-class performer. He is always respectful, diligent, serious and a hard working musician.”Valery Ponomarev, trumpeter and member of the Art Blakey and Jazz Messengers
  • «Lluis Capdevila is a wonderful musician. His caring for others come thru in his music. Keep playing and composing Lluis, the music world needs you.»Sheila Jordan, NEA Jazz Master vocalist
  • «Capdevila is a smart and sensitive composer and those qualities inform his playing as well»Donald Elffman, The New York City Jazz Record
  • “He is already an excellent pianist and composer with limitless potential for further development”David Berkman, Lecturer in Jazz studies at Queens College.
  • “Beautiful swinging sets”Maher, Cleopatra's Needle owner
  • «A lyrical delight to listen to, Lluis’s music is full of joy, warmth, and soul.»Ray Anderson, trombonist and Director of Jazz Studies at Stony Brook University
  • «The compositions on pianist Lluis Capdevila’s new recording are gloriously of a piece—elegant, sensual, soulful and smart. Accompanied by just bassist Petros Klampanis (also on percussion), with Tom Harrell on flugelhorn on one track, Capdevila plays quietly and simply with a ‘cinematic’ sense of line and space. Think of the recently departed Michel Legrand and the way he blended popular, jazz, classical and film music elements and you’ll get a sense of how Capdevila approaches composition and improvisation here. Even the tunes that have a bit of a bounce brilliantly settle into serene romantic grooves.» Doland Elfman, The New York City Jazz Record.

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