Live from Antwerp / Belgium

Tenor and soprano saxophonist and composer Marcelo Moncada was born in 1978 in Pitrufquen, Chile. He started his musical career at a young age by joining the brass band ‘Banda Municipal’. He took lessons with the Chilean musicians Marco Aldana, Christian Crisosto and Roberto Lecaros.


In Chile, he played in different formations such as ‘Cuarteto Baguibasax’ and ‘Ballet Folclorico Bafca’. In 2002, he immigrated to Belgium to continue his musical career. He studied ‘Jazz and Popular Music’ at the Royal Conservatories of Antwerp and Gent. He studied with Bart Defoort, Ben Sluijs and Dieter Limbourg. He participated in workshops of David Liedman, Gerry Peacock, Mark Turner, Francois Louis, Michael Brecker, Jerry Bergonzi… For several years he has worked in different groups: Marcelo y los gringos, Proyeccion Latina, Latin Jazz Quintet Cascada, el Sindicato Sonico and many others. He has played on well-known festivals such as Jazz Montreux (Switerland), 0110 concerts, Mano Mundo, Polé Polé, Sfinks festival…


At Jazz Montreux they won the first price in the category ‘world music’ with the group Proyeccion Latina in 2003. In 2004 he formed his own Jazz trio, named ‘Trio Cachai’. Trio Cachai recorded their first EP in the same year. Last year he started the Marcelo Moncada Space Quartet. He is also the composer off all the songs of both groups. In may 2007 they recorded the album "Tikitan" at champ d’action, studio 3, Antwerp, Belgium. In Thelonious Jazz Club in Chile he recorded a second CD (live) in de beginning of februari 2008. In July 2008 recorded his album "Colores" at DeSingel, Antwerp-Belgium. Winner of the Best Composition of Jazz Cat Rally competition (Belgium 2008) price from SABAM.

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