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INTERVIEW: Esteban Alvarez

How would you classify your music?

It is instrumental music. I would say it is World music (since I play folk music from all over the world) with a twist of Jazz.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

Yanni, Raul DiBlasio, Chucho Valdez, Michel Camilo.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

The beauty of instrumental music & especially the beauty and versatility of the piano. It is to my knowledge the most versatile instrument.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

I live in Austin, Texas, USA, which is considered the “Live Music Capitol of the World”… there are some aspects of that to be true, but mainly for Rock/Country music. It is not the case (at all) for Jazz, Classical music or Instrumental music.

What is the best concert you have been to? 

One of mine… ???? I hope to see you there…

What do you like most about playing live?

The rush… the feeling of being on stage and making other people get in touch with the music. Music one is making has no price. I think we (musicians) are “emotion-maker machines”. That gets multiplied when one is on stage playing LIVE.

Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?  

Yes. “Has Amado Realmente Una Mujer de Veras” is my favorite. It is the instrumental version of “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman” (by Brian Adams). I have ALWAYS loved that song, to the point I made a video for it as well…!

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

Many things have happened in the last year. Besides releasing my album “Piano Meets Mariachi”, I won a music International competition in Italy & I have been performing concerts in the USA, Mexico and Europe. My goal is at some point (hopefully soon) make music my only career & source of income. The passion is there.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?  

The Beatles.

What’s next for you? 

The same but in more quantity! I want to keep increasing my music engagements… especially the International gigs. I love to travel and to meet people from all over the world, as I consider myself a citizen of the world. Things look promising. We thank all media and fans for their continuous support. Please stay tuned for more developments.

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