Carlos Fagin BIO
Carlos Andrés Fagin is a pianist, composer, improviser and teacher, born in Buenos Aires (1977). Both as a soloist and in collective projects, he aims to go in depth into the more traditional musical languages like jazz and classical music as well as to develop free improvisation and a personal contemporary style.
As a child he showed his interest in playing various instruments but always felt a special attraction to the piano.
In Buenos Aires he studied classical piano with Susana Kasakoff, jazz piano with Ernesto Jodos and finally composition with Daniel Montes.
He started his professional career playing jazz in Buenos Aires in the mid 90's. He form his first band along with guitarist Patricio Carpossi, saxophone player Nicolas Said and Double-Bass player Jerónimo Carmona. He was part of the Sergio Petravich quartet, the piano trio Krapovickas-Reparaz-Fagin and played every week with La Pedraza Jazz Band, opening the Friday's Jam sessions at La Casa Pedraza.
In the year 2003 he left Buenos Aires to study at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. During his six years in the Netherlands he studied Jazz with Karel Boelhe, Juri Honing and Bert van den Brink among others. He obtained the Degree as Jazz Piano Performer at the Utrechts Conservatorium.
In The Netherlands he found an avant-garde and active musical scene fed with musicians and artists from all over Europe and the world.
During his first year In Amsterdam he worked accompanying the dance improvisation lessons at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) at the Theaterschool-Amsterdam. Since his first contact he was surprised and inspired by this new dance world which offered new ways of approaching improvisation that could be combined and adapted to music. He collaborated in projects with the choreographer Katie Duck, the trumpet player Felicity Provan and also played with clarinetist Michael Moore and drummer Michael Vatcher. He also performed with the improvisation companies The Meeting Point, Zap Collective and Unfinished Company in venues such as the Bimhuis, De Doelen, De Muiderpoort Theater and OT301.
At the same time he performed as a pianist with music projects in Dutch and European jazz clubs and festivals. He joined the Rodrigo Faina sextet, the Housekeeping trio, with bassist Camilo Fernández and drummer Marcos Baggiani, and the Hitchcock Hamsters featuring jazz and contemporary classical musicians such as Gonçalo Almeida (Double-Bass), Carlos Noain (Clarinet), Thijs van Milligen (Alto Sax), Jordi Ballarin (Tenor Sax) and Wielland Móeler (Drums). Finally he formed Quatromonos, a quartet performing his own compositions.
In 2009 he moved to Barcelona where, apart from his Piano Solo repertoire, he played and recorded with the contemporary jazz Housekeeping trio and ATOM Quartet. He has organized and conducted Cobra impro sessions and participated in other musical projects, writing music for many of them. During this years he actively played in Spain, Italy, Croatia, Germany, Argentina and Uruguay. At the same time he has been teaching music and piano at his studio and in music schools.
In 2015, he set his home and studio in Pula, Croatia. From there he organizes his musical activities in the region and his projects around Europe. In Croatia he had and still has the chance to play with trumpet player Branko Sterpin's Sterptet, JazzIstra Orchestra, Big Band Pula and many more.
In Pula, a new chapter in his musical path opened up, making music for theater and dance pieces. Colaborating with dance pedagogue and choreographer Andrea Gotovina, Teatar Poco Loco and many others.