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Andrei Martinez Agras
Cuban jazz guitarist

Andrei Martinez Agras

Andrei Martinez Agras
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Intro Cuban jazz guitarist
Is Guitarist Jazz musician Musician Jazz guitarist
From Cuba
Field Music
Gender male
Birth 29 September 1983
Age 38 years
Star sign Libra
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Biography

Andrei Martinez Agras (born September 29, 1983) is a Cuban jazz-rock and Afro-Cuban jazz guitarist and audio enthusiast best known for his extensive work with the band Sintesis and as a leader of the Canadian power fusion band The Wit. He has worked with record labels like EGREM and Colibri

Life and career

Born in Cienfuegos, Cuba, Andrei began playing guitar at the age of 8 under the tutelage of his father Quincian Martinez, developing an interest in rock and jazz music later on as he moved with his family to Havana and started taking lessons from renowned music teachers Leopoldina Nuñez Lacret, Idalberto "Mister Acordes" Valdés and Jorge Luis Triana.

In the year 2005 at the age of 22 he began touring with Grammy nominee Afro-Cuban band Sintesis with whom he played until late 2012 when he moved to Ottawa, ON, Canada, to continue with his career as a solo artist, session musician and record producer. During that time he also played with singers like Cecilia Noël (The Wild Clams) and Omara Portuondo (Buena Vista Social Club).

In January 2016 Andrei formed the power jazz rock group The Wit. Their first public performance was on March 22, 2016 at The Rainbow, Ottawa's Legendary House of Blues followed by the release of a 3-song EP titled The Wit at Hillside Audio and the video of a full live concert on their YouTube page.

Style and influences

Andrei mentions among his influences notably guitarists like Robben Ford, Scott Henderson, Wayne Krantz, John Scofield and Michael Landau but he also considers former Sintesis members William Mendez, Jorge Almarales, Victor Navarrete and Elmer Ferrer an important part of his sound. The most recognizable styles in his recordings are Blues, Afro-Cuban jazz, Funk and Jazz-Rock.

Discography

As a solo artist:

With The Wit:

With Sintesis:

Other artists:

  • Eme Alfonso | Eme Alfonso (2012) song: Rezo
  • Eme Alfonso | Eme Alfonso Señales (2008) song: Like a Butterfly

Highlights as a record producer:

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