"It's simply the best clarinet I've ever played. The fact that it feels that good makes me want to practice all day long!"
Lluc Casares (1990). Devoted to music since a very early age, Lluc grew up surrounded by the sounds of Sonny Stitt and Louis Armstrong, but also the Afro-Cuban All-Stars and Earth, Wind and Fire. His father, Pau Casares, was his very first clarinet teacher and mentor. Lluc just finished the Artist Diploma program at The Juilliard School in New York City under the direction of Ben Wolfe and Wynton Marsalis. Through his career, he has performed with Dr. John, Nicholas Payton, Frank Wess, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Jon Faddis, Jesse Davis, Arturo Sandoval, Wendell Brunious, Grant Stewart, Perico Sambeat, Ben Van Gelder, Joris Roelofs or Benjamin Herman among others.
Lluc is been fortunate to study at The Juilliard School with Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Washington, Ben Wolfe, Charles Neidich, Ted Rosenthal or Ron Blake. Before that, Lluc got his Bachelor’s degree at ESMUC (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya) and his Masters at CvA (Conservatorium Van Amsterdam) studying with the local legend Ferdinand Povel and having the chance to spend one semester at Temple University (Philadelphia) with Dick Oatts.
Sketches Overseas (Outside In Music 2018) it’s Lluc’s last album and features Joel Ross, Philip Dizack, Addison Frei, Mark Lewandowski, Francesco Ciniglio. It’s been awarded as “Jazz album of the year” by the Enderrock magazine in Catalonia. His first release, RED (Temps Records 2015) made possible for him to play under his name at the most important venues in Amsterdam and Barcelona. He has recorded more than 20 albums as a sideman. Lluc also performed in major Jazz festivals around Europe like the North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Marciac Jazz Festival, Jazz Middelhein, Baloise Session, and Festival de Jazz de Terrassa among others and venues like Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola and Fat Cat in NYC, Bimhuis in Amsterdam and Jamboree in Barcelona.
Within the education field, Lluc taught at the CSMIB (Conservatori Superior de Música de les Illes Balears) in Palma de Mallorca from 2015 till 2017 and at the Torino Conservatory and several international schools in Shanghai with the Juilliard AD Ensemble. Lluc also conducted successfully his very first Summer Jazz Workshop in Barcelona in 2018 and he repeated it at the ESMUC in 2019. He’s been part of 2 fellowship programs at Juilliard teaching kids at 2 different schools every week.
Lluc is a Backun Artist and performs on Backun Q Series Clarinets.