IÑAKI ARAKISTAIN

SAXO / FLAUTA / COMPOSICIÓN / PRODUCCIÓN

 

Con cuatro trabajos discográficos propios en el mercado, “Tiempos de búsqueda” (New Mood Jazz 2008), ”Plan B” (Youkali Music 2010), “Saxual” (Youkali Music 2014), “Another Road” (MALAX Records 2018) Iñaki se ha convertido en un músico de larga trayectoria, cuyo prestigio ya ha sido reconocido tanto por la prensa especializada como por los artistas con los que ha compartido escenario y/o colaborado. Iñaki Arakistain nos abre a un concepto musical inédito hasta ahora en España realizado por un saxofonista, en el que conviven la música Groove, con influencias de música brasileña, Latin Funk, además de fusionar muy recientemente el Flamenco con dichos estilos, enriqueciendo así sus nuevos proyectos unidos por el lenguaje común del jazz.

En su faceta jazzística ha tocado y compartido escenario con músicos de la talla de: Jayme Marques, Miguel Blanco, Jerry González, Danilo Peréz, Sean Levitt, Mark Redford, Jean Marie Ekay, Benny Green, Lewis Nasch y muchos más; con grupos españoles como la Calle Caliente, Red House, Wagon Cookin, y al frente de sus propios grupos. Ha tocado en varios festivales de Jazz nacionales e internacionales en Francia, Portugal, Italia, España, Latinoamérica, etc… además realizó una gira por varios teatros en Finlandia con la cantante Patrica Kraus. Ha impartido un seminario de jazz e improvisación en el Conservatorio Nacional de LA PAZ (BOLIVIA), organizado por la Embajada de España, finalizando con un concierto en el Teatro Nacional de LA PAZ.  Ha colaborado en más de 200 discos además de haber realizado giras y conciertos con: Antonio Vega, Miguel Ríos Big Band, Orquesta  Mondragón, Antonio Carmona, Azúcar Moreno, Tontxu, Tennesse, Raphael a parte de colaborar con Miguel Bosé, Ana Torroja, Enrique Bumbury, David Bisbal, Victor y Ana Belén con los que también grabó un disco DVD  en directo en la Plaza de Toros de las Ventas junto a Raphael.
Es colaborador habitual como saxofonista en varios programas de TV, tocando música en directo con diferentes formaciones. Ha realizado la gira de Raphael (50 Años Después, 2009/10), actuando en multitud de países como: EE.UU, México, Colombia, Argentina, Chile (Viña del Mar 2010), Puerto Rico, Rusia entre otros. Tocando en escenarios tan emblemáticos como: MADISON SQUARE GARDEN (New york), JAMES L. KINGH (Miami), LUNA PARK (Buenos aires), COLISEO EL CAMPÍN (MEXICO DF), BARVIKHA CONCERT HALL (Moscú). Ha trabajado en varios musicales entre ellos el musical FOREVER KING OF THE POP  (Tributo a Michael Jackson). Ha realizado una gira por Colombia con la cantante Paloma San Basilio a finales del año 2017.

Su 4º Álbum “Another Road” ya está en el mercado.

IÑAKI ARAKISTAIN

SAX / FLUTE / COMPOSITION / PRODUCTION

 

With four of his own discs on the market,Tiempos de búsqueda” (New Mood Jazz 2008), “Plan B” (Youkali Music 2010), “Saxual” (Youkali Music 2014), “Another Road” (MALAX Records 2018) Iñaki Arakistain has become a musician with an extensive career path, whose standing has been recognised both by the specialised press as well as other artists who have collaborated and/or shared the stage with him. Arakistain  opens us to a musical concept unprecedented until now in Spain made by a saxophonist, in which Groove music coexists with influences from Brazilian music, Latin Funk, as well as recently merging Flamenco with those styles; thus enriching its new projects united by the common language of jazz.

In his facet as a jazz artist, he has played and shared the stage with musicians of the calibre of Jayme Marques, Miguel Blanco, Jerry González, Danilo Peréz, Sean Levitt, Mark Redford, Jean Marie Ekay, Benny Green, Lewis Nasch and many more; with Spanish groups, such as la Calle Caliente, Red House, Wagon Cookin, and also as leader of his own groups. He has performed at various national & international jazz festivals in France, Portugal, Italy & Spain, and also been on tour of different theatres in Finland with the singer Patrica Kraus, daughter of Classical famous Tenor Alfredo Kraus.

He has participated in more than 200 recordings as well as going on tour and performimg at concerts with Antonio Vega, Miguel Ríos Big Band, Orquesta Mondragón, Antonio Carmona, Azúcar Moreno, Tontxu, Tennesse & Raphael,  apart from collaborating with Miguel Bosé, Ana Torroja, Enrique Bumbury, David Bisbal, Victor and Ana Belén; and featured in the recording of a DVD at a live concert with RAPHAEL in the square – Plaza de Toros LAS VENTAS de Madrid. He has been on tour with RAPHAEL (50 Años Después, 2009‐2010), performing in many countries, such as the USA, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Chile (Viña del Mar 2010), Puerto Rico & Russia, among others. He is a regular collaborator as saxophonist in various Television programmes and has also played live with a number of different groups.

 

MUSIC CRITIC IN PRESS

SMOOTH JAZZ MAGAZINE – Sue Parker, LA – California, USA.

 

The album SAXUAL comprises six Arakistain originals and four instrumental covers. The journey begins with the dynamic Red Star and the in top form occurring main actor. The good flow is due to the great sax performance always ready to rise to peak exertion at the blink of an eye. The other musicians contribute to this through their perfect engagement. Iñaki approaches Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny” with a jazzy attitude and a great range of improvisation. Michael Jackson’s Blame It On The Boogie grows seamlessly on the listener. Next from Michael’s repertoire is Rock With You. Amazing the flute intro and the sensitive sax interpretation which reveals a great respect for the melody. Certainly one of the best renditions of this popular song. Chemical offers an outstanding horn arrangement, which can concur with those of Tower of Power or East Bay Soul. Jewish Incognita gives room for contemporary jazz and live recording. Nocturnal Beings presents smooth transitions in a flowing shape blending elements of contemporary and smooth jazz to an irresistible sound design.
John Coltrane’s Countdown (Funky Version) is obviously a proof of integrity and completeness for jazz in its original art form with complex harmonic progression and substitute chords. After this challenge to the listener it comes finally in the wake of Latin Jazz with Black Samba. Thrilling rhythm and professional music at the highest level. Saxual is an album that you should listen to in one go. It grabs you and takes you until the last note.

@Hans-Bernd Hülsmann –  http://www.smooth-jazz.de/