Esfera Jazz Magazine - 22 March 2021
The muses who inspire Anthus’ compositions bathe in the Mediterranean Sea, from Catalonia to Turkey through the island of Sicily.
A singer, a composer and an arranger, Anthus has become established as “one of the best male jazz voices in our country”, according to numerous critics..
Born in Sicily, Anthus discovered singing thanks to a little 45rpm record player hidden in his grandmother's wardrobe. At the tender age of 8, he started listening to the famous crooners of the 50's and 60's and fell under the spell of the voice of the great Frank Sinatra among many jazz greats. The discovery of all these wonderful sounds led him to start studying music.
But a strong desire to explore, not only new musical styles, but also the world, led him to Ireland's green shores. Anthus honed his jazz skills in Dublin, at "The Guildhall School of Music and Drama", where he earned his degree in Jazz Performance.
In Ireland, Anthus performed in some of the best-known musical venues, leading to the release of his first album "Dreamer". Moving to Barcelona, further progressed his musical career. There he released his second album "Radici" (Roots), as a fusion of Mediterranean traditional music with his beloved jazz. In 2015 Anthus released "Profundament Jazz", which is a voyage through some of the best-known jazz instrumental pieces, with the addition of lyrics for some of Chick Corea's and Wayne Shorter's tunes.
In 2018 Anthus pays tribute to one of the most amazing stars in jazz history: Chet Baker, featuring trumpet player Pol Omedes. Anthus writes lyrics for some of the improvisations of this American jazz icon.
With both "Radici" and "Profundament Jazz", Anthus soon became established as "The Crooner of Mediterranean Jazz" and as such performed at the best jazz festivals in Catalonia, including: - "46th Barcelona International Jazz Festival", "7th Girona Jazz Festival","23rd Jazz and Creative Music Ciutat Vella Festival" and many more.
In 2017 Anthus presents his most autobiographical work: “Calidoscòpic", a highly eclectic album in which Anthus fuses contemporary jazz with Mediterranean sounds, a world of music observed by his particular kaleidoscope. Some critics referred to “Calidoscòpic” as "the most original album that national jazz has experienced in a long time". Anthus and his disc are nominated for both "album of the year" and "best artist" at the "Enderrock Music Awards", one of the most prestigious music awards in Spain. Anthus with this new disc performs at some of the best European International Jazz Festivals such as the "16th Talavera Jazz Festival", "38th Roccella Jazz Festival "," 36 Catania Jazz Festival "among others.
In 2021 Anthus invites us to a new journey through a fresh and surprising album "Acrobatic Heart" comprised by eight compositions, that reveal Anthus both in body and soul, a disc that is a faithful reflection of Anthus' very being. Anthus is a restless, creative artist, who is constantly engaged in his quest to elevate jazz to its highest expression. In "Acrobatic Heart" we meet a unique vocalist, a true jazz artist who is rooted in the Mediterranean on his lifetime mission: to reveal his jazz soul.
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