Maxi Caballero (Bullas, Murcia, 1992) is a guitar player, composer and teacher, graduated in Jazz-Guitar in the Conservatory Superior del Liceu, Barcelona. In 2018 he become the winner of the first prize at 'VI International Contest Portón del Jazz' of Alhaurín de la Torre (Málaga) and in 2016 he won also the 'IV edición del Certamen Internacional Jazz Joven de Talavera de la Reina' (Young Jazz International Contest). Maxi has participated in many concerts and festival with different groups and projects, among which is worth mentioning the cycles "Festival de Jazz Ciudad de Talavera' (2018), “Festival de Jazz de Cartagena' (Cartagena, 2017)”, “La Mar de Músicas (Cartagena, 2017)”, ”Music als Parcs" (Barcelona, 2016), 'Festival de Jazz de Calatayud' (2015), 'Festival de Jazz de Estadilla' (2014), 'JazzFermín' (Pamplona, 2013), 'Festival de Jazz de Bullas' (2012), etc.
In December 2017 he recorded and released his debut album as a leader: ‘Maxi Caballero - I could see for miles’, his most ambitious project, in which he is composer and guitar player. In a small group compounded by guitar, drums, and bass, the musician explores the sounds offered by numerous influences from the most contemporary jazz, rock, pop, singer-songwriters, or electronic music. This is how the tracks mature and flourish, tracks that compose a fresh and original repertoire that moves in an organic way among slow times and tracks full of energy that make you vibrate.
In May 2018 Maxi Caballero was awarded with a full grant from the internationally recognize Fulbright Foundation to starts a new stage both artistic and vital moving to New York to study the Master in Jazz Performance at the prestigious Queens College. . There he learn from top level musicians as Mike Moreno, David Berkman, Antonio Hart, Paul Bollenback, etc.
Active musician that has been part of many projects with which he has had the opportunity to play all over Spain. Some of them are The Fool On The Hill", “MAUAM Quintet”, “Cntrl+Z”, “Mingus Proyect”, “Standards Trio”, "Bright Trio", "Zoramena", "Bujazz Project", "So Near So Far Tribute"…, in which he has shared stage with musicians and friends as Alfonso de Miguel (d), Jesús Caparrós, (b), Pere Bujosa (b), Álvaro Torres (p), Israel González (p), Román Cubelos (b), Juan Francisco Martínez (b), Pablo Martínez (tb), Daniel Juárez (sx), Marino Garcimartín (sx), Pedro Vázquez (d), Antonio Peñalver (b), Urko Peral (b), Alejandro Esperanza (p), Alex Comín (g), Marta Zapater (v), Estefanía Aineto (b), Aritz Ostolaza (sx), Ander Unzaga (p), Beñat Artze (d), Alejandro Doñagueda (sx), Antonio Peñalver (g), Ferran Gisbert (g), Rafa González (sx), Puri Santamaría (v), Juande López (b), Maribel Vistel (p), Ana Irigoyen (v), Erika Imízcoz (v). etc.
For two consecutive years, Maxi Caballero was part of the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Navarra Big Band that was directed by Iñaki Askunze, offering numerous concerts and counting on musicians as Bob Sands, Marshall Gilkes o Sabine Kühlich.
He has also been and is still a part of groups and tributes to different styles, like Rock, Hard-Rock, Hip-Hop, Funk, Pop or Grunge. This is how is part of groups like "Fidel Pairén", "Lady Shell", "RockRunners"… “Marcos García”, which will see the light this 2017, is one of the projects in which he is most involved currently.
Maxi was born in Bullas (Murcia) in 1992. He started to play the guitar at the age of 15 years old and studying in the Modern Music school of his home town, which is in charge of teachers like Francisco Javier Molina and Pedro Vázquez. With them he took lessons of Harmony, Auditory Education, Instrument, Musical Language, Improvisation workshops, Big Band and Combo.
In 2012 he started his studies in the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Navarra (Higher Conservatory of Music in Navarra), where he had teachers as Luis Giménez, Iñaki Askunze, Javier Olabarrieta, Juan Manuel Urriza, Iván Sanmiguel, Renato Perticci, Alberto Arteta, José Barrio, Mikel Andueza, Alonso Martínez, Mauro Urriza, Marcelo Escrich… He participated there in many proyects, playing from the most classic Jazz to the most contemporary.
In 2015, he moved his academic record to the Conservatori del Liceu, Barcelona. In this way, he gives lessons and learn from teachers as Dani Pérez, David Soler, Jon Robles, Victor de Diego, Giulia Valle or Roger Mas. It is there where Maxi graduated with honors in May 2016 playing his own project, Maxi Caballero 4tet, in the Auditori del Liceu, Barcelona.
He also has participated assiduously in Jam Sessions, courses and master clases given by Lage Lund, Will Vinson, Joachen Rueckert, Rick Rosatto, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ambrose Akinmusire, Harish Raghavan, Sam Harris, Antonio Sánchez, David Virelles, Bela Fleck, Justin Brown, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Clarence Penn, Chucho Valdés, Danilo Perez, la big band de Maria Schneidder, Javier Colina, Perico Sambeat, Michael Laurent, Jordi Matas, Borja Barrueta, Martin Leiton, Bob Sands, Andrés Olaegui, Pepe Bao, Juan de la Oliva, Jurak Stanik, Anton Drukker, Dick Verbeeck, Patxi Valverde, Kim Plainfield, Antonio Gómez, etc.