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Jose Angel Navarro was born in Güines, a small southern town in Havana province, Cuba. He grew up
in 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 at 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 his toys at the beginning, until finally, one day when he was about
eight years old the real guitar came into his hands. In a small country town such as Güines, it was,
and still is, much easier to find a guitar than any woodwind instrument, such as a Bassoon or an Oboe.
The guitar has also been a very popular musical instrument used in 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 anddense 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.
Thus, 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 his intuitive and self-taught manner, he developed and
improvised a methodology that today gives the shape to his works based on Afro Cuban influences.
Navarro studied Civil Engineering at the University in Havana city. Also he is a professionl Art Designer,
graduated in Reflexology and Sound Engineering but in spite of his strong interest in music
and art, he could not study music formally because there was no music schools near his home.
Besides, he needed a grant to be able to join one of these music school because he could not afford it on
his own. 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 in Havana. 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 when Navarro began to work as a professional musician, thanks to Maestro Leo
Brower (guitarist and composer), who heard his works on a cassette player. Navarro was able to gain the
support of guitar master Leo Brower who encouraged him to continue to develop his distinctive
approach to the instrument. He advised Navarro to join to 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 PICAP 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. Navarro is an American citizen who lives in South Florida. He is continuing
his artistic career with the best wishes of offering and showing his unique and distinctive style of music to
American and International audiences. Navarro has many musical compositions for Cinema, Television
program and the Radio amount others, and he has important discography like you can see on this website.
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