Bassist, Composer, David Ojeda, Fernando Garcia, Gabriel Vicens, Joan Torres, Jonathan Suazo, Sergio Gonzalez
Joan Torres’s All Is Fused -][- BEFORE –Mp3– [Joan Torres, 2012] –
Even at a young age, Joan Torres was drawn to music. As a little boy he had a small guitar and then a small keyboard with which he spent a lot of time making “interesting” sounds. It wasn’t until he was 10 years old that he seriously considered starting playing an instrument with a group. He chose the bass and when he turned 11 he finally got one and his life was changed forever.
He began studying the instrument with a private instructor then individually when the instructor moved away. He formed a Rock band with a couple of friends from school when he was in 8th grade (2001) and they basically covered songs to perform in talent shows and class parties.
In the year 2003, he joined his school’s new choir directed by Orlando Collado, a Berklee alumnus who quickly became a mentor and a friend, as a bass singer. He also decided to start working on original material and enrolled in the after-school Stevan Micheo Music Academy. There he met drummer Fernando Garcia, who has joined him in many endeavors throughout the years. Furthermore, during his time there, he acquired the core for most of his musical knowledge today. He studied the electric bass, reading and performing in Jazz under bassist Joel Marrero. In addition, he learned the basics of Jazz harmony and theory under one of his mentors, guitarist Antonio Caraballo. At this time he began to explore composition.
In 2004 he auditioned for the Berklee in Puerto Rico workshops and was chosen to attend that year in May. During this time he met another one of his mentors, Oscar Stagnaro. He once again attended the Berklee in Puerto Rico program the following year, this time meeting a lot of people who got him playing his first jazz gigs at local restaurants. Later that summer he attended the Berklee Summer Performance Program in Boston. There he studied with many world-renowned musicians including private instructor Matthew Garrison. He was also asked by Victor Mendoza to join his “Salsa Ensemble”. In this ensemble he met Gabriel Lugo and Marcos Lopez both talented puertorican percussionists. At the end of the Berklee program he was awarded with a scholarship to attend Berklee as a full-time student. -[Excerpt | Biography]-
::: SOURCE: Joan Torres Music.com :::