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Abe Rábade was born in Santiago de Compostela (Galiza, Spain) in 1977. He is the youngest son of writers Xesús Rábade Paredes and Helena Villar, and brother of the also writer María do Cebreiro. He began his musical studies at age 4 in his hometown. He attended the Conservatory of Santiago and Estudio escola de música. He moved to the U.S. in 1995 to obtain a Degree in Jazz Composition and Piano Performance at Berklee College of Music (Boston. MA). Since 2000 he lives in Santiago de Compostela.
Pianist, composer and teacher, he leads his acoustic trio since 1996. Babel de Sons (2001) was his first album (with Paco Charlín on double bass and Ramón Ángel on drums), a live recording of the performance awarded with the 2nd prize of the International Contest of Jazz Groups of Getxo (Euskadi). That same year, he obtained the Prize Tete Montoliú to the Revelation Pianist in Spain (SGAE). Simetrías (2002), his second CD with the same rhythm section was presented at the Festival de Jazz Plaza de La Habana (Cuba).
Artist for Karonte Records since 2004, he published that year GHU! Project vol.1, a work featuring Chris Kase on trumpet, Jesús Santandreu on tenor, Michel González on guitar, Paco Charlín on double bass and Ramón Ángel on drums.
During the celebration of the Holly Year of 2004 in Galiza (Xacobeo 2004) he presented Cantigas Jazz Suite, a revision of XIII century Galician medieval music in a contemporary context -a sextet project featuring Portuguese singer Mísia.
Since 2005 he hosts the weekly jam sessions at the Dado Dadá Jazz Club (Santiago de Compostela).
In 2006 he published the trio album Playing on Light -7 sounding photos- (with Paco Charlín on bass and Bruno Pedroso on drums), a programatic work where seven black and white pictures get musicated (photos by masters such as Ralph Gibson, Dona Ferrato or Mitsuaki Iwago). This album was acclaimed by critics voting it as Best Jazz Album in Spain in 2006 (Cuadernos de Jazz magazine).
He joined singers Guadi Galego and Uxía Pedreira to form the band Nordestin@s in 2005, based on a new dimenssion for Galiza's popular music. Their first album (Nordestin@s, in the label Falcatruada) was a top 100 seller in Spain in January 2007. Nordestin@s also won the 1st Prize of the La Opinión Awards of Galician Music.
Since 2006 Abe Rábade is the musical director of the group Eivissa Jazz Experience, an original production of the Ibiza Jazz Festival. The band proposal is different in each edition. Musicians such as Perico Sambeat, Jesús Santandreu, Víctor de Diego, Guim García Balasch, Kike Perdomo, Toni Belenguer, Alexis Cuadrado, Pablo Martín, Marc Ayza, Marc Miralta or Joaquín Chacón were members of the project in its recent editions. Furthermore, Abe Rábade is the author of the Eivissa Jazz official theme.
In February of 2007 he won the Prize Aula X to the Best Solo in the X Jazz Sessions on Jazz of the UNED (Melilla).
In 2008 he joined a project directed by author Anxo Angueira and produces musically the album Rosalía 21(Falcatruada), a review in a contemporary key of Galiza's National Poet Rosalía de Castro. The work was presented at the Feria Internacional del Libro de La Habana (Cuba). That same year he publishes the album Aloumiños de Seda, comisioned by the General Bureau of Language Policy (Government of Galiza).
The album Open Doors (2008, Karonte Records), is the second volume of the GHU! Project in a septet format featuring Chris Kase on trumpet, Perico Sambeat on alto sax, Jesús Santandreu on tenor sax, Alan Ferber on trombone, Nelson Cascais on bass and Bruno Pedroso on drums. The record was illustrated by the artist Deli Sánchez. It obtained the 2nd place at the Awards Jaç '09 in the category of Best International Record -Jaç Magazine (Catalunya).
In June of 2008 he produced artistically Jesús Santandreu's album Sound Colors (Fresh Sound New Talent).
Along with magician Kiko Pastur he presented in October of 2008 the show Jazzia -a synthesis of Magic and Jazz with original music for solo piano contained in the CD Jazzia. In February of 2009 the Vice-Chair of Culture of the University of Santiago comissioned an original work on the Celebration of the Year Rodríguez Cadarso. The work is entitled O movemento dos Soños [The movement of Dreams]. Integrating these two pianistic productions (Jazzia and O movemento dos Soños), in May of 2009 the album Abe Rábade Piano Solo (Karonte Records) is published.
Portuguese producer and drummer Mário Barreiros offered Abe Rábade in 2009 the musical direction and arrangements of Kind Steps -The Legacy of 1959-, a tribute project conmemorating the 50 anniversary of 6 landmark records (Kind of Blue by Miles Davis and Giant Steps by John Coltrane are obviously among them). The group members are Avishai Cohen (trumpet), Ben Van Gelder and Perico Sambeat (alto sax), Jesús Santandreu (tenor sax), Abe Rábade (piano), Carlos Barretto (double bass) and Mário Barreiros (drums).
Also in 2009 he played with legendary jazz drummer Bill Goodwin in a quartet with Adam Niewood on tenor sax and Paco Charlín on double bass. In that same year he plays piano in Kurt Rosenwinkel's album with the Matosinhos Jazz Orquestra in Gaia (Portugal).
In November of 2009 Open Doors Live (Karonte) is released. It is a live DVD with the performance of the Abe Rábade Septet at the Teatro Principal in Santiago de Compostela. Also that month he receives the award "Premio Cunca das Artes" in the music area from the Galician-Portuguese Art Friendship Association.
His most recent release is the trio album Zigurat (Karonte Records, 2010) with double bassist Pablo Martín and drummer Bruno Pedroso.
In the teaching arena Abe Rábade was the representative teacher of Estudio escola de música (Santiago) at the annual meetings of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) held in Boston (2001) and Helsinki (2002). Since 2000 he is the artistic director of the Seminario Permanente de Jazz de Pontevedra (SPJ) along with Paco Charlín. He participates actively in International Jazz Seminars such as the Tavira Jazz Workshop (Algarve, Portugal) or the International Jazz Seminar at the Palau de la Música (Valencia). In 2009 he becomes a faculty member of the ESMAE (Superior School of Music and Arts) in Porto (Portugal).
He performed and/or recorded with saxophonists Jesús Santandreu, Miguel Zenón, Bob Mintzer, Jeff Harrington, Perico Sambeat, John O'Gallagher, Jorge Pardo, Guim García Balasch, Ben Van Gelder, Adam Niewood, Vicente Macián and Víctor de Diego; trumpeters Chris Kase, Mike Philip Mossman, Avishai Cohen and Raynald Colom; trombonists Alan Ferber, Toni Belenguer and Carlos Martín; guitarrists Kurt Rosenwinkel, Nuno Ferreira, Michel González, Mark White, Miquel Casany and Virxilio da Silva; harmonicist Antonio Serrano; vibraphonist Arturo Serra; vocalists Sine E, Claudia Acuña, Deborah Carter, Joana Machado, Mísia, Guadi Galego and Ugía Pedreira; bassists Pablo Martín, Nelson Cascais, Carlos Barretto, Alexis Cuadrado, Paco Charlín, Tom Warburton, Zé Eduardo, Matt Baker and Horacio Fumero; drummers Bruno Pedroso, Terri Lyne Carrington, Bill Goodwin, Jeff Williams, Skip Hadden, Mário Barreiros, Martin Andersen, Marc Miralta, Marc Ayza, Luís Alberto Rodríguez, Andrés Rivas and Ramón Ángel.
He played in the most important Jazz Festivals from Spain and in International venues such as Paris and Toulouse (France), Berlín, Munich and Kiel (Germany), Lausanne (Switzerland), Porto, Lisboa and Madeira (Portugal), Tanger (Morocco), Boston (USA), Birmingham (UK), La Habana (Cuba), Helsinki (Finland), Salvador de Bahía (Brazil), among others.