3 Numbers from the Extraordinary Jam of Saturday 19th October 2013

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MdM: Voice; Marco: Guitar, Trumpet; Roberto: Tenor Sax; Richie: Guitar. We’ll have to think of titles for these… Done.

1. (“Surfin’“).

2. (“I Shall Not Be Learned“).

3. (Un Día Volando – One Day Flying)…




Sample: rehearsal: original composition copyright ©2013 Marco Fernández Carrascosa; ambient sound recorded after dark in Emilio’s garden, Lajares, July 20th 2013: “Kalima Casa Nati“: (Lajares Jazz):




Beyond Marco himself, the Tri-Fin trio is the basic formation that powers much of the music he is producing right now. Consisting of Emilio’s percussion, Jean-Philippe’s bass guitar and Marco playing amplified acoustic guitar through a loopstation, Tri-Fin can often be heard playing live at various locations on the island, and when accompanied by vocalist Marina the band becomes the Amusik quartet. Tri-Fin and Amusik often form the nucleus of the Canela Jam Band, but with Marco playing wind and brass alongside others’ guitars. Tri-Fin, Amusik and the various incarnations of the Canela Jam Band (every Wednesday evening at the Canela Café in Lajares) operate as the musical workshop platform out of which, we think you will agree, some nice music is emerging. Watch this space.


Amusik at the Canela Café, 2nd October 2013

We walked in on the Amusik Quartet working on some numbers and jamming at the Canela Café in Lajares on 2nd October 2013. This is what was going on then. Emilio Diena, drums; Jean-Philippe Bordenga, bass guitar; Marco Fernández Carrascosa, electric guitar; MdM, voice:


Caravan to Lajares

121Inma joined MdM, Marco, Richie, Fernando and Jagan at the Canela Jam session on Wednesday September 18th and came out with the following improvised sound we’re calling “Caravan to Lajares”, since Inma and Ricardo (“Richie”) are two components of the band that has been performing in the North of Fuerteventura under the name ‘Le Caravan’ in different configurations with the same essential components for several years now (and the rest of the guys have been working together with Arid Island here in Lajares, Fuerteventura)…

This is Inma, voice; Marco, electric guitar; Richie, bass guitar; Jagan, bongos; Fernando, drums. A thrilling session featuring here Inma’s inspired Mediterranean sound which then segues…: Jam improvisation: “Caravan to Lajares”: (Lajares Jazz):



The Canela Jam Band

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Sample: 18-Sep-2013 ambient sound recording from jam session: Inma, voice; Marco, electric guitar; Richie, bass guitar; Jagan, bongos; Fernando, drums. A thrilling session featuring Inma’s inspiring Mediterranean sound: Jam improvisation: “Caravan to Lajares“: (Lajares Jazz):

2013-09-20 22 21 48Sample: 4-Sep-2013 ambient sound recording from jam session (Esti’s birthday). Spontaneous combustion (hang on: this is an original composition, a work in progress, and therefore copyright ©2013 Arid Island, ok?): MdM, voice; Carlo, guitar; Kiko, bass; Emilio, drums; Marco, trumpet: “Mind The Gap“: (Lajares Jazz):

Sample: 14-Aug-2013 ambient sound recording of jam rendition of an original Marco-MdM composition, copyright ©2013, currently under development, performed by the Amusic quartet: MdM’s lyrics and voice, Emilio Diena on drums, Jean-Philippe Bordenga on bass, Marco Fernández Carrascosa playing muted and unmuted trumpet, plus Jagan’s bongos and Carlo playing the guitar: “Time Flies“: (Lajares Jazz):

Sample: 14-Aug-2013 ambient sound recording of jam instrumental improvisation; Carlo: guitar; Kiko: bass; Marco: muted trumpet, flugelhorn: “After Surf“: (jazz chill):

Sample: 05-Jun-2013 ambient sound recording of jam improvisation: “Let’s Do It“: (jazz dance):

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The Canela Jam Band gets together every Wednesday evening at the Canela Café in Lajares. Based around the nucleus powered by the Tri-Fin trio, but with Marco usually playing the trumpet, flugelhorn, sax and melódica, for example, and swinging to the guitars and voices of Powlean, Simon Korsak, MakenaBliss, and to the voices of regular singers such as Marina, Mónica, Noemi and Eva (and semi-residents and visitors such as Emma), it is frequently joined by guest musicians of, we think you’ll agree, considerable calibre.


Makena Bliss

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Marco Fernández Carrascosa is from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, one of the twin capital cities (with Las Palmas on the neighbouring island of Gran Canaria) of the Canary Islands. marco-trompeta Marco was for many years the resident musician at the Bahia Real and Atlantis Palace (now Barceló Corralejo Bay) Hotels in Corralejo, where he honed his piano improvisation skills to a high degree whilst also organising impromptu jazz ensembles and sessions as well as contributing his composition and performance skills to various musical and theatrical productions on the island of Fuerteventura.

Marco, a graduate of the musical Conservatory of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, is the kind of musician who can more or less pick up any instrument and play it straight away. Guitars, loopstation, piano, drums, trumpet, flugelhorn, soprano sax, flute, … and a fine melódica are amongst those that have featured over the most recent sessions in and around Corralejo and Lajares. Many of those instruments, of course, he has already studied, practiced long and hard, and played.

In this sample, Marco first records the piano, then plays a muted trumpet over the piano track. What you hear, of course, is seamless. I’ve dubbed it “El Patio de Córdula“, by the side of which late one night in July this music was created (composition and digital recording copyright ©2013 Marco Fernández Carrascosa):

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And here, composed and performed spontaneously at Casa Nati in Lajares, 10 minutes of moody piano we’re calling “Casa Nati Nº1“, followed by a piece we’re calling “Al Sepharad” (compositions and digital recordings copyright ©2013 Marco Fernández Carrascosa):



Emílio Diena


Tri-Fin percussionist Emilio Diena began to play drums at the age of 13 and in subsequent years played as a professional in a Neapolitan orchestra. This was the beginning of a long journey full of studies and experiences that have brought him as far as playing here, in Fuerteventura.
Emilio Diene
What matters is not success as such; it is that by seeking in the universe of music one comes to feel alive.”