1986 TO DATE: Pianist, keyboard player and musical director of the Pablo Milanés group
1998 TO DATE: Director, pianist, keyboard player, arranger and composer for Miguel’s Trio
While attending his last year at the Faculty of Fine Arts, he began to work with Pablo Milanés as keyboardist and pianist and, within a year, also as musical director. Since then, in addition to participating in live presentations, he has arranged and produced Pablo Milanés’ albums. As a member of the Milanés group he has performed in the most important theaters and cultural centers in the country.
Since 1986 he has participated in jazz festivals as a soloist or with different groups, until he founded in 1998 Miguel’s Trío, a group that combines Caribbean rhythms, jazz and concert music and where he is director, arranger, keyboardist and composer. The other members of the group are OsmanI Sánchez (drums) and Luis Ángel Sánchez (bass). Miguel’s Trío has played in concerts at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Casa de las Américas, Amadeo Roldán Theater, Casa del Alba, Jazz Plaza International Festival, CUBADISCO, as well as in concerts in Pinar del Río and Bayamo.
He has played alongside artists of the stature of Milton Nascimento, Fito Páez, León Gieco, Ivan Lins, Luis Represas, Ana Belén and Víctor Manuel, Ricardo Arjona, Mercedes Sosa, Ketama, Joaquín Sabina, Simone, María Rita Camargo, Joan Manuel Serrat, Lilia Vera, Víctor Pellegrini, Egberto Gismonti... and the Cubans Leo Brouwer, Dog Valdés, José María Vitier, Omara Portuondo, Elena Burke, Xiomara Laugart, Liuba María Hevia, Isaac Delgado, Santiago Feliú, Polito Ibáñez, David Torrens, Raúl Torres, César López, and Yoruba Andabo, among others.
He has been extremely active on the international stage with the Pablo Milanés group, with performances in over 30 countries, including, among many others, shows at the Lincoln Center, New York, and the Miami Arena stage (USA); the Rex, Ópera and LunaPark theaters in Buenos Aires (Argentina); Auditorio Nacional (Mexico); Calderón theater, Polideportivo and Casa de Campo in Madrid (Spain); Palau de la Música Catalana and Montjuïc in Barcelona (Spain); or Canecão, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
In tandem, he has performed with his Miguel’s Trío in the Expo and the Cultural Center of Belém, Lisbon (Portugal), the MIDEM festival in Miami (USA), and in theaters in Madrid and Quito.
WORK AS A COMPOSER
He has written music for piano, piano and orchestra, symphony orchestra, bassoon and piano, as well as flute and piano. He has composed music for documentaries and fiction films, among them the Argentine-Cuban coproduction Finally, the Sea (Al fin el mar), for which he won the best soundtrack award at the Festival of Trieste (Italy); the Cuban-Spanish coproductions Siempre Habana and Mauricio’s Diary (Páginas del Diario de Mauricio), and the main theme of the Cuban film Habanastation. He wrote the music for Tocororo, a ballet show written and choreographed by Carlos Acosta (star dancer of the Royal Ballet of London), and for La Leyenda del agua grande, a ballet show by the choreographer Eduardo Blanco, of the National Ballet of Cuba.