Described by The Guardian as “ a phenomenal, dynamic, imaginative. An outstanding pianist.”
ABEL MARCEL is a musical mastermind and a passionate thinker. A pianist, composer, educator and independent researcher active across multiple musical communities has built himself an identity as a singular and versatile voice, and shape-shifting figure in 21st-century music.
He has been praised by the Music Republic Magazine as “equally at home with the european and american jazz traditions as he is with his own cuban roots”
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Abel Marcel, pianomulato
Music Republic Magazine
However, in 2014, the appearance of the skillful pianist Abel Marcel Calderón Arias, an Amsterdam-based Cuban, sparked Blanco y Negro to life again. Marcel is equally at home with the American & European jazz traditions as he is with his own Cuban jazz roots.
Written in Music
Pianist Abel Marcel remains a world-class man who, with the space he was given in the set, showed once again how fantastic his playing is. From beautifully lyrical and classically inspired to transverse, almost dissonant, then again ending in a beautiful melody.
London Jazz News
Abel Marcel Calderon stood and stands for continued fresh and thrilling exploration on steady ground of and deep rootedness in Afro-American jazz tradition (from the south).