Alfredo Merat, Born in Spain in Aug 1961 and raised in Bordeaux
Alfredo's music leads him to a tightly focused source of inspiration.
Jazz based with coloration of French club music the sound is narrow
but deep. Repeating modal chord structures allow the individual
soloists great room for improvisational themes while keeping the
straight-ahead thrust of the music centered. An informed listener
explained succinctly:" Once you set the limits (of where
the music will go) you have the ultimate freedom to explore possibilities
within them." the resulting effect is reminiscent of Pat
Metheney and Lyle Mays on "Falls Wichita" this is the
music that drifts and flows like the tides. The NY. times 1998
Self taught and ear trained musician, Alfredo toured France and
Europe. Performing in resorts and restaurants, he began the Cafe
Theatre circuit at age 17 . From Classical and Flamenco to Jazz
His mentors range from Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf, to today
The Cure or U2 and others of whom World Music influences have
In France he opened up for or played at venues that hosted artists
such as Bernard Lavillier, Charles Dumont at The Temps des Cerises,
l'Olympia in Paris, La Cour des miracles, L'echanson in Bordeaux.
These venues helped Alfredo launch a good local following and
was critically acclaimed in France as a " new talent in the
Alfredo a.k.a. Europa and began performing in many venues, private
parties, political events and fund raisers. He also sang for the
Ross family, Billy Joel, and Quincy Jones. He has played several
nationally acclaimed stages such as the Stephen Talk House in
Alfredo brings in a fresh Euro World mix and a new sound . His
new material as a solo artist explores different genres but revolves
around his travels, discoveries and beliefs. Rhythmically upbeat
and with songs like "Brazil" or "la Verdad "
,"Guernika", "Afrika" he will transport any
audience to the edge of their seats or simply provide a wonderful
musical background for your needed and or desired atmosphere.
Whether singing solo in English, Spanish or French or with a number
of local musicians such as ;
Jay Schneiderman - Congas and Hand Drums, Brian Leclerck - Guitar
& vocals, James Bernard - Drums,Paulie - Bass, Sax & Flute.
Carl Obrig - Sax(s) and Percussions, Alex Sarkis - Drums, Michael
Hennessy - Guitar & vocals, Rachel - Violin, Haim - Drums
and Hand Drums, Bosco Milne - Guitar, Jeff Marshall - Bass, Carl
Vogel - Trumpet amd more.
You can see alfredo live at: Saracen restaurant, The Stephen Talk
House 2002, The Ruby Red lounge Belles cafe South.
Alfredo owns his own recording studio and Label, Europa Studios
in Sag Harbor. Alfredo is also producing Lounge and Euro House
music to be soon released by his label OverseasRecords Ltd and
works with several local artists.