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”
Abel’s musical language stood and stands for continued fresh and thrilling exploration on steady ground of and deep rootedness in the rhythmic traditions of the Caribbean and African, the Cuban creative music movement of the 50s and 70s (Renovación Musical), and the lineage of composer-pianists from Manuel Saumell and María Cervantes to Carlos Malcom and Tania Leon.
A tireless collaborator, and dance lover he has written music for the choreographers Jan Linkens and the ballet start Carlos Acosta, joined forces with musicians such as Yuri Buenaventura, David Murray, Changuito, Saul Williams, Nasheet Waits, Jorge Reyes, and and developed a research work with Nadia Reyes.