Galician pianist and composer Abe Rábade has never been content to rest on his laurels. His latest album, Botánica, (Nuba Records, 2022), is his 15th.
Botánica is a meditation on the life of Galicia’s native vegetation through 14 original compositions performed in perfect synergy with the warm, organic voice of Davide Salvado.
Rábade is the author of more than 200 compositions in styles such as jazz, classical, experimental and world music. He performs with numerous internationally renowned figures at concerts and festivals around the world. He also offers multiple masterclasses in specialized centers. Since 2001 he has been artistic co-director of the Seminario Permanente de Jazz in the Galician city of Pontevedra.
Graduated Cum Laude in Jazz Composition and Piano Performance from Berklee College of Music in 1999, he is currently teaching at two superior music conservatories in Galicia and Portugal, performing in venues across Europe, and working on his latest recording project.
Davide Salvado is without a doubt one of the most charismatic voices in Galicia. Self-taught, he has spent half his life traveling through small villages in search of traditional rhythms, songs and dances that were not cataloged anywhere, but passed down across generations through maternal lines. From his immersion in these cultural riches, he learned not only the traditions in music, but an entire way of living.
The love of all these traditional practices and respect for the land make Davide's way of understanding singing much more than simply music.
In 2003 he began his professional career with Ugia Pedreira (Marful) and the group Ecléctica Ensemble. Shortly after, he joined the band of renowned bagpiper Budiño as a singer and percussionist, with which he toured venues around the world. Davide also collaborated on several albums, among others, Galiza by Kepa Junkera and Sing me Home by Yo-Yo Ma & Silk Road Ensemble, winner of the 2017 GRAMMY for Best World Music Album.