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Gendrickson Mena
trumpet, flugelhorn, piano

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Gendrickson Mena was born in La Havana, Cuba on May 31st 1973. He is a trumpet professor, instrumentalist and arranger graduated at the prestigious Escuela provincial de Musica "Amadeo Roldan" in 1992.

He participates to the "Plaza latin Festival" in Cuba in 1990 and 1991. In 1994 he becomes a band member of the "Sonora Caribegna" Orchestra, conducted by his father, Pedro Mena, guitar player, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and arranger. Under the direction of his father, and following his example and his guide, Gendrickson Mena starts working on the arrangements of the orchestra, apart from playing trumpet and keyboards, and he performs in the most important venues of the country. During the same year he starts teaching at the "Paulita Conception" Conservatory, and becomes a member of the Cuban Symphonic Orchestra. With the "Sonora Caribegna" Orchestra he participates to the recording of an album and to various TV and radio programs.

He participates to very many festivals, among which we name: the Latin American Festivals in Milano, Viareggio and Jesolo, the International Festival "Evento Suono", the Jazz Festival in Montreux – where he plays with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Julio Barreto and Miguel "Anga" Diaz. At the Burghausen Jazz Festival in Germany he is invited to play by the singer Chaka Khan. He participates to the International Seixaljazz Festival in Portugal, at the World Music Festival Verden Norden in Oslo, Norway, at the International Jazz Festival April Jazz in Helsinki, Finland, and at the Baltic Jazz Festival in Salzau, Germany.

He also participates to the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland. He collaborated with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Ivan Graziani, Vinicio Capossela, David Murray and Tony Martinez. He collaborated with various projects, recording in studio with the LoGreco brothers, Raffaella Arzani, and following the musical production and the arrangements of the first album of the Cuban drummer-percussionist Calixto Oviedo. At present he is collaborating as arranger and instrumentalist in various projects in studio and in tour, and he is also teaching and holding master classes, labs and lessons of jazz improvisation and musical theory.

The new album "Gendrickson Mena Quintet - All I Missed" featuring Mario Zara (piano), Mauro Capitale (tenorsax, alto and soprano) Ezio Salfa (bass), Giorgio Di Tullio (drums) and Gendrickson Mena (trumpet, flugelhorn) will come out at the end of July 2008 (RAI TRADE - Videoradio/Raitrade). All the tracks are original songs, seven by Gendrickson Mena, one by Mario Zara, one by Ezio Salfa and one by G. mena/M. Fait.

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Asi Son Mis Sentimientos
Cha Puchy
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Gendrickson Mena is featured as special guest in the album album recorded in 2007 and issued in 2008 by Splasc(H) Records "Pure Ecstasy" by Eva Simontacchi & E.S.P. Trio.

What People Say About Him:
"Great musician, wonderful person with a great jazz feeling!"
(Gianni Cazzola – drummer)

"I was surprised by the artistic and stylistic musical maturity of this young artist that merges an incredible technical skill on the instrument with a lyric-melodic inspiration which is rare in the Italian jazz scene. It has been a privilege to play with him."
(Roberto Cipelli – piano, arranger, composer)

"Gendrickson Mena is a very gifted musician and composer, blessed with a rich sensitivity and rare intensity and generosity."
(Eva Simontacchi – Jazz vocalist)

"Your cd is very nice. You sound lovely and sincere. I think the sincerity is missing in the music nowadays. Boy that Gendrickson plays his ass off in your cd. He is so complimentary to your singing! The guys play so well too!"
(Sheila Jordan, New York)

Ma sul fronte strumentale la vera sorpresa del disco è il trombettista cubano Gendrickson Mena, a me personalmente sconosciuto, un vero fuoriclasse sia a tromba scoperta sia sordinata e al flicorno. Oltre alle idee musicali solistiche che mette in luce con sicurezza e perizia tecnica, si sente sicuramente una conoscenza "avanzata" dell'armonia derivata sicuramente dalla pratica diretta del pianoforte. Pur nel contesto soffuso e sospeso, come quello scelto dalla Simontacchi per il suo disco d'esordio, Gendrickson non manca anche di rischiare qualche fraseggio "obliquo" che conferisce proprio un valore aggiunto alle sue improvvisazioni."
(Claudio Angeleri, Bergamo)

Contacts and Information:
myspace: http://www.myspace.com/gendricksonmena
myspace: http://www.myspace.com/gendricksonmenathenewcubanexperience



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