Fernando Ángel Carranza (b. 1970) is a musician and tenor sax player born in Rio Cuarto City, in Córdoba state, Argentina. He defines himself like a melomaniac, without specializations, a fanatic and enthusiast of the autodidacticism learning. In his beginnings in the music universe he recalls his mother, an ex professor of piano. On his adolescence, he discovered the tenor sax in movies such like 'ROUND MIDNIGHT and BRING ON THE NIGHT. Later he began to get involved with heavy rock music, then with Argentinian and international rock and pop, more later fusion rock, and arriving at last to jazz music.
His main inspiration is founding in the ideal of seek a music that can achieve the supreme expresion of freedom, and above all, through jazz music (musical genre born at the end of XIX century in United States and that owns his origin in the middle of the interaction of the afroamerican culture with european school of music, the first implies a searching for the expressive freedom).
The artwork of Fernando Ángel Carranza is a Ministry to serve to the Lord: his music borns to the goal of keep the message of peace and hope to differents places in the world, been his sax the intermediary (an instrument very noble for his versatility, Carranza says) , which voice can be very subtle and at the same time a voice of search and vanguard, of games and adventure.
His main influences are Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, Branford Marsalis, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Keith Jarrett and Eric Dolphy, among others. His first CD “Christ is jazz… (also!!!)”, under an independent discographic label, with production and artistic direction of Fernando Carranza and recorded at Mp Records studio, has been accepted very well in the Christian musical genre and the main audience too.
He was share scene with musicians such like Guillermo Vadalá, John Stowell, Curupirá, Adrián Iaies, Ernesto Jodos, Scaramouche and Daniel Corzo, among others. In addition, Carranza has participate in renowed jazz festivals: “Festival de Jazz del Centro” (2010, 2011, 2012 y 2013), “Córdoba Jazz Fest 2014”; several editions of the serie “Amigos por la música”, with his own band and also invited by another artists; several presentations of the TV serie “Banca al Arte”, performances in Córdoba and renowed local events.
With a surprising sound quality, Carranza launched in 2016 his second CD production called TOTAL SURRENDER, in which he tried to convey the message of inspiration, full of hope and life, with solid Biblical bases.
In 2019, Fernando released his third studio CD called GOD BEBOB (DIOS BEBOP), in which we can find influences from many different sources, such as funk, jazz fusion, ballads, swing and some touch of Argentine folklore, presenting live on several occasions, the last of which was the Córdoba Jazz Fest 2019, with a very good reception by the public and the press.
This new material has a different training from the previous projects, preserving the presence of Claudio Barbero on drums, and incorporating Martín Fernández on guitar and Marcos Fernández on bass.
It should be noted that this 2020, for the second and consecutive year, Fernando obtained the Honorable Mention in the Jazz Category in the International Song Composition Competition (ISC) 2019 for the song "Santa Eulalia" from his CD DIOS BEBOP
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