Looking for wedding music inspiration? Love a bit of smooth jazz for your big day?
Today we are delighted to chat with jazz saxophonist from Malaga, Javier Carmona, an incredibly versatile sax player on the Costa del Sol, with a massive repertoire of songs and styles he can perform from, who details his early musical passion and talks about his first experiences as a musician.
I first began my musical studies at the age of eight, graduating in Saxophone at the Manuel Castillo Conservatory in Seville. Obtaining an Expert University Degrees of Musical Interpretation in the specialty of saxophone.
I also have a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the International University of Baeza and a Masters of Arts in Music Education from the University of Jaén.
Additionally, I have belonged to different groups such as the Eurochestries International youth orchestra, a chamber music ensemble for those between 15-25 years, and the Malaga Youth Orchestra, where I performed in the Ballad of H. Tomasi as a Saxophone soloist, as well as the Youth Band of Music Miraflores-Gibraljaire, participating in international competitions.
In 2005, with the A. Glazunov Quartet, I won the first Honourable Mention in the “Muestra de Jóvenes Intérpretes de Málaga” (Young Performers Exhibition of Malaga) “MÁLAGA CREA”, and in 2007 as a saxophone soloist I obtained the second prize in the same contest.
I’ve also been fortunate to record a live album in a concert held at the Cervantes Theatre in Malaga.
More recently, in 2015, I was awarded the first prize at the International Saxophone Competition in Rome (Italy).
Winning the first prize at the International Saxophone Competition in Rome (Italy).
I consider myself to be versatile and I’m able to adapt and fully tailor my performance according to what a bridal couple is looking for, from the ceremony music to livening up the wedding reception dance party or both.
Performing at weddings is an incredibly special moment for me as a musician, being part of, and creating that soundtrack for a couples’ special day is magical. Something I’ve been fortunate to do for over four years now.
I like to meet with the brides and grooms and see what musical tendency they define themselves by. However, I always guide and advise them on what musical style or what songs to choose so that it is the best music for the best moment.
Depending on the moment different types of music are played, but if I had to choose 5 they would be: Pepas by Farruko, Tacones Rojos by Sebastian Yatra, Level by Avicci, Perfect by Ed Sheerand and Shape of you by Ed Sheerand.
As a performer, the cocktail hour is my favourite time to perform, that said, I have a lot of fun playing the sax during the wedding reception dance party.
I like to play sports outdoors and in the sea, besides travelling.
This sensational sounding sax player, Javier Carmona, currently lives in Malaga, where he combines his innovative musical performance at weddings and private events with teaching at the Municipal School of Music of Ronda.