About Jose Angel Navarro
Jose Angel Navarro was born in Güines, a small southern town in Havana province, Cuba. He grew up within an ordinary, simple and relatively uneducated family, with no precedents that any of his ancestors were previously dedicated to music professionally. Nevertheless, Navarro had an inclination towards music and art in general, listening intuitively to Jazz, Classical and Instrumental music. From those very early years of his childhood, Navarro had a strong desire to play musical instruments. They all became his favorite toys. He used to imitate, by ear, the melodies he heard on the Radio and TV. They were serial and soap opera musical themes, so he had the chance to listen to them very frequently. For that reason he could remember them and subsequently, he tried to play them on the musical instruments he used to have handy by that time. Generally, he was inclined to melodic musical instruments such as, the saxophone, the accordion and the piano or the guitar. Of course, they were just toys at the beginning, until finally, one day when he was around eight years old, a guitar, a real one, came into his hands. In a small country town such as Güines, it was, and still is, easier to find a guitar, than a woodwind instrument, such as a Bassoon or an Oboe. The guitar is also a very popular musical instrument used on traditional Country Cuban music, and there were several musical groups playing that kind of music at that time. His hometown, Güines, is one of the most well known towns in Cuba for its tradition of preserving Afro Cuban folk music, and it was also an excellent and important source for musicians that had transcended Cuban frontiers. Listening regularly to the sound of the “ceremonial and traditional drums”, Navarro had acquired a special kind of taste for the complex and dense polyrhythmic beats that were growing inside of him; but there was a peculiarity. He was not interested in learning how to play the so-called ceremonial drums”. Navarro wanted to play the guitar. So, he started to familiarize himself with the guitar, with the intention of translating the beats and sounds of the “ceremonial drums” to the guitar. In an intuitive and self-taught manner, he developed and improvised a methodology that today gives shape to his works based on Afro Cuban influences. Navarro studied Civil Engineering at the University in Havana City, but in spite of his strong interest in music and art, he could not study music formally because there was no music school near his home, and besides that, he needed a kind a “guarantor” to be able to join one of these music schools. However, he stayed linked to and identified with bands, music festivals, and the cultural movements in regular schools during his years in elementary school, high school, college and finally at the University. That allowed him to meet many people linked to the artistic world that shared with him their personal experiences and advised him on his art. It was not until 1992 that Navarro began to work as a professional musician, thanks to Master Leo Brouwer, guitarist and composer, who listened to his works on a cassette player. Navarro was able to gain the support of guitar master Leo Brouwer who encouraged him to continue and to develop his distinctive approach to the instrument. He advised Navarro to join the National Concert Music Center as a concert guitarist. It was then that he started his professional musical career. In 1993 Navarro was offered a recording contract and recorded his first CD for Magic Music Records and then for Ashe’ Records, entitled “MIEL”. This much acclaimed first CD made it possible for Navarro to be invited to many International Music Festivals. For the last 12 years, Navarro has lived in several Europe’s countries where he has been able to develop an international career, performing his unique guitar style for many audiences around the world and becoming a huge hit in Europe. At the present time, Navarro resides in the United States of America, in South Florida. He continues his artistic career with the best wishes of offering and showing his unique and distinctive style of music to American and International audiences alike. Navarro has composed many music for Cinema, Television program, Radio amount others and he has important discography like you can see on this website. Currently Navarro has focused on Cool Jazz and Afro-Jazz, the latter as a fusion of his experience in that folk music and jazz. Jose Angel Navarro is an eclectic guitarist capable of moving freely between the acoustic and electric guitar. That's why in his recent recordings we can appreciate that fusion of instruments highlighting the peculiar sound of the Gibson. At the present we can see Navarro sharing in musical formats like duet, trio, quartet and jazz band or simply with his classical guitar offering a purely acoustic concert. Jose Angel Navarro plus civil engineer he is also sound engineer, professional art graphic designer and reflexologist. Jose Angel says that the reason for so many professional careers is because the more you study the more you want to know, therefore you realize that less you know.