Albert Vila began his musical studies at the “Taller de Musics” Barcelona, where he studied with Andy Rossety and J. Luis Gamez. In 1999 he was accepted into the Conservatory of Amsterdam and followed the “jazz guitar performance” program, there he had the opportunity to study with Jesse Van Ruller.
In 2004 he was awarded with the first prize in the Dutch Jazz Competition for his composition “Gym Jam”. The following year the conservatory gave him a scholarship to join the graduate program at the prestigious “Manhattan School of Music” in New York, where he took classes from teachers such as Rodney Jones, Dave Liebman and Phil Markowitz.
In 2007 after completing his post graduate studies he decided to return to his hometown, Barcelona. Once in Barcelona, he decided to lead a new project : Albert Vila quintet. With this group in 2007 won the national competition in Donosti ”Debajazz”, and is in the same year when the record label Fresh Sound New Talent released his debut album “Foreground music”, ten original songs written and arranged by Albert. During the next two years he was busy promoting his album in Spain and working with other artists of the Spanish music scene.
In 2011 released his second album on Fresh Sound New Talent, entitled “Tactile” with seven new songs. Albert shows his work in Spain and in several European countries including: UK, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Czech Republic and Poland , receiving a very warm welcome by both, the public and the critics.
In 2012, Albert will present his latest album in trio formation, where he is sorrounded by the great drummer Jorge Rossy and the bass player Reinier Elizarde. This time his repertoire will consist of well-known American jazz standards.Read more