Nestor Torres

Standing on the shoulders of flute giants from worlds as diverse as Rampal & Galway in Classical Music; Richard Egues' Cuban Charanga style; rocker Ian Anderson's Jethro Tull; Herbie Mann and - most influential of all - Hubert Laws as pioneers of Jazz Flute, Latin Grammy Award winning Nestor Torres' rhythmic and mellifluous flute sound remains apart in a class all by itself. His 14 recordings as a soloist; 4 Latin Grammy nominations, one Grammy nomination and one Latin Grammy Award; collaborations with diverse artists such as Gloria Estefan, Kenny Loggins, Dave Mathews, Herbie Hancock, Tito Puente, Michael Camilo, Paquito D' Rivera and Arturo Sandoval; as well as performances with the Cleveland, Singapore, and New World Symphony Orchestras among many others, are testament to the remarkable journey of an Artist who continues to grow and enrich the lives of those who experience his talents.

Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Nestor Torres moved to New York City, where he pursued Classical flute studies at Mannes School of Music, Jazz at Berklee College of Music and Classical and Jazz at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. During that time he also learned to improvise in the 'Charanga' Cuban Dance Music style, which helped shape and develop Nestor's melodic and danceable sound.

His CD This Side Of Paradise won the Latin Grammy award in the Pop instrumental category, scheduled to be presented on September 11, 2001. This great achievement - and its timing - proved to be a major turning point for Torres.

"Of course it was a great honor and privilege to win the Grammy. That being said, the fact that I was to receive it on 9/11 gave my work and my music a stronger sense of mission and purpose."

Since then, Torres has focused on transcending his role as a Jazz Flautist to that of an agent of change through crossover multi-media productions, compositions and performances. To that effect, his compositions 'Successors', Marta y Maria and Disarmament Suite (commissioned by the Miami Children's Chorus, St. Martha-Yamaha Concert Series, and ICAP - International Committee of Artists for Peace - respectively), are variations on Nestor Torres' multi-cultural fusion sounds as expressions of today's world. Then again, Nestor's music has always been about that: a Crossover fusion of Latin, Classical, Jazz and Pop sounds. Rich and engaging, complex and exuberant, profound yet accessible.

In addition to his achievements in the studio and on the stage, Torres is also the recipient of many awards, including two honorary doctorate degrees from Barry University and Carlos Albizu University, for his commitment to youth, education and cultural exchanges.

THE EXPERIENCE

“Nestor is unlike any other flautist you know. His wide range of talents transcends his music... Beyond the sound of his flute, he is the consummate communicator, always inspiring with his songs and compositions, his voice, and his words, written and spoken.”
- Bernarda Reyes, Latin Recording Academy

“It is a rare occasion that I have to consult a Thesaurus to find enough superlatives to describe this flautists performance. I could say "incredible" and not be close. "Fantastic" an understatement. "Impressive" would have to be in headline type.”… Speaking of masters, Nestor Torres is a maestro, a professore, technically perfect, with a tone that is beyond belief; imagination and creativity pervade every solo.”
- Allan Kanovsky, www.JazzBluesFlorida.com

“[His CD This Side of Paradise] shows us one more time the great virtuosity and versatility of Nestor Torres, who is capable of transmitting different types of sensations and sentiments through his flute playing.”
- Jazz Contemporáneo

“SIN PALABRAS…is being lauded as an instrumental pop masterpiece and we agree!”
– Paula Edelstein, Jazzusa.com

“This album (Dances, Prayers & Meditations For Peace) has a holy solemnity and shimmering beauty to it that has the power to change the way we think about the world and what we as warring societies are doing to it and to ourselves.”
- Troy Record

“Nestor Torres expresses our longings for paradise and he's one of the few who can pacify our needs for tropical comforts!”
- Samurai Latino

“Nestor combines the refreshing sounds of his flute with Latin beats, pop and spirituality. It is a creative and courageous approach that merits attention.”
Place Jazz Newsletter

“Torres is one of the icons within Latin Jazz and one of the most influential musicians within Latin music. His playing incorporates a smorgasbord of Latin jazz, pop, straight- ahead jazz and classical styles, and has been described as "an exotic mix of styles… [with] impeccable musicianship, and irresistible improvisations”

“Nestor Torres’ music is as much about the groove and the dancer as it is about romance and seduction through melody”

“Whether performing for the Dalai Lama or for students at Grammy CareerDay, Florida-based jazz flautist/composer/producer Nestor Torres is one of the most beloved musicians on the jazz scene today.”
- SoundsOfTimelessJazz.com

“…The music… was terrific, of course. Celebrated Puerto Rican flautist Nestor Torres performed…playing to multiple standing ovations…. He worked the flute likes Miles worked the trumpet– his fast, nimble fingers gliding gracefully across his instrument as he traversed the length of the stage.”
- John Thomason, Boca Raton Magazine

“Top-notch in every way. Highly recommended….Perfect.”
- JazzReview.com

 
 

THE LIFE / BIOGRAPHY

Nestor Torres

Standing on the shoulders of flute giants from worlds as diverse as Rampal & Galway in Classical Music; Richard Egues' Cuban Charanga style; rocker Ian Anderson's Jethro Tull; Herbie Mann and - most influential of all - Hubert Laws as pioneers of Jazz Flute, Latin Grammy Award winning Nestor Torres' rhythmic and mellifluous flute sound remains apart in a class all by itself. His 14 recordings as a soloist; 4 Latin Grammy nominations, one Grammy nomination and one Latin Grammy Award; collaborations with diverse artists such as Gloria Estefan, Kenny Loggins, Dave Mathews, Herbie Hancock, Tito Puente, Michael Camilo, Paquito D' Rivera and Arturo Sandoval; as well as performances with the Cleveland, Singapore, and New World Symphony Orchestras among many others, are testament to the remarkable journey of an Artist who continues to grow and enrich the lives of those who experience his talents.

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THE MUSIC

JAZZ FLUTE TRADITIONS ALBUM COVER

NESTOR TORRES: JAZZ FLUTE TRADITIONS

With his Caribbean heritage, Classical training and a unique, rhythmic & melodic approach to Jazz improvisation, Nestor Torres shows his deep respect and knowledge of the tradition of Jazz and Latin Jazz Flute in its purest forms with his 15th album release, JAZZ FLUTE TRADITIONS. This eleven-song offering pays homage to legendary Jazz Flute pioneers like Herbie Mann and Eric Dolphy, as well as Torres’ idol and mentor, Hubert Laws. “For years I’ve wanted to pay tribute to the Jazz Flute pioneers that opened the way for us”, says Nestor. “I am excited to finally make this dream project a reality with Alfi Records.”

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THE VIDEOS

Maria Cervantes
http://youtu.be/aDYkOOV1SaQ

From the TV Special "Nestor Torres 'Live' @ El Yaguez featuring young Puerto Rican students & musicians performing songs from Grammy nominated CD 'Nouveau Latino'

NeoDance Sneak Preview
http://youtu.be/b6XDAH-H1t4

"Nestor Torres Presents Neodance" Coming Soon

 

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