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Julian Arguelles

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Biography of Julian Arguelles

Julian was born in Birmingham in 1966 and started playing with big bands including the European Community Big Band that toured throughout Europe. In 1984 he moved to London where he gained recognition as a creative and original musician and was immediately in demand. He studied briefly at Trinity College of Music before joining the much acclaimed band Loose Tubes, staying with them for four years and recording two albums.
In 1986 Julian received the prestigious Pat Smythe award for young musicians, he has also been awarded several BBC awards.
Since then he has been working in many projects involving musicians drawn from around the world including Archie Shepp, Dudu Pukwana, Peter Erskine, Dave Holland, Steve Swallow, John Abercrombie, Chris McGregor, Hermeto Pascoal, Tim Berne, John Scofield and Dave liebman.
Julian works throughout Europe with amongst others Django Bates, Kenny Wheeler, Mike Gibbs, Carla Bley, Mario Laginha, and his brother Steve.
Despite being very busy performing he maintains a commitment to teaching and has been invited to teach at various places such as The Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Glamorgan Jazz School, Edinburgh and Manchester summer schools and the Royal Conservatory, Den Haag. Julian was offered the first position of Jazz Musician in Association at the Royal Northern School Of Music and his octet is currently the Ensemble in residence at The University Of York.
Julian has recently been commissioned to write for the Apollo Saxophone Quartet, his octet (by Birmingham Jazz, BBC and Bath International Festival), Berkshire Youth Jazz Orchestra, Walsall Youth Jazz Orchestra, The Fenland Youth Symphony Orchestra, NDR (North German Radio Big Band), HR Big Band (German Radio Big Band in Frankfurt) Scottish National Jazz orchestra and The Royal Academy Of Music. In 1999 Julian was the recipient of the Jazz Composers Alliance Composition Award from the USA.
Julian's main interest continues to be writing and performing with his own groups. He has recorded seven CDs as a leader, which have won many awards. They include two octet CDs featuring Django Bates and Mario Laginha, two quartet CDs featuring Steve Swallow and John Taylor. A duo CD with his brother Steve and a CD intitled ‘As above so below” which features a chamber orchestra with a rhythm section of Mike Walker, Steve Watts and Martin France. His most recent CD ‘Partita” was recorded in New York and features Tom Rainey on drums and Michael Formanek, both from New York .

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