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Andrea Motis: Trumpeter, Composer, and Jazz Singer

Written by Rachel G

At just twenty-two years old, Andrea Motis has already made a big name for herself in the Spanish music industry and Barcelona music scene. After recording six albums with bassist Joan Chamorro, the recent release of her first solo debut album, Emotional Dance, has caught the attention of jazz lovers both in Spain and internationally.

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Her music career

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Motis began playing the trumpet when she was just seven years old. At age ten, she began her studies in jazz music at the Municipal School of Music of Sant Andreu where her teacher, Joan Chamorro, recognized her great talent and recruited her for his own band, the Sant Andreu Jazz Band.

During her years with the band, Motis recorded eight discs before releasing her first ever solo album, Emotional Dance, on Impulse! Records in 2017. The album features both her trumpet playing and singing and represents her dynamic abilities as a musician. She has begun making quite a name for herself in jazz music in Barcelona, performing at the Palau de la Musica Catalana and gaining recognition for her music both in and beyond the city, an impressive achievement at such a young age.

Emotional Dance

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In Motis’s debut album, Emotional Dance, her singing takes center stage alongside the trumpet as her beautiful voice transports listeners straight back to the jazz era. The album represents her natural evolution as an artist after so many years working with Chamorro. It’s both an extension of her work with the Sant Andreu Jazz Band and a powerful entrance onto the solo stage, exhibiting her talents as both a musician and composer. She composed three of the albums thirteen songs herself, demonstrating her growth in all areas of her work as she propels her music in a new direction.

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Whether you’re a jazz lover or just want to discover some great local artists here in Barcelona, Andrea Motis’s music is absolutely worth checking out. You can learn more about her up and coming concerts on her website and watch some of her live performances on her blog.

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*Main photo by Thundershead via Visualhunt

About the author

Rachel G

Originally from the United States, Rachel has been living in Spain since 2014. After two years in Madrid, she moved to Barcelona in 2016 to pursue her passions in writing and photography. She spends her free time enjoying life in beautiful Barcelona and traveling around Europe as much as possible.

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