Very soon he began to
highlight as harmonica player and after winning several national and
international competitions, it was called by the great master Larry
Adler to play with him in a concert organized by the United Nations in
Paris, in which will share scenario with musicians like Lorin Maazel,
Salvatore Accardo, Barbara Hendricks, Plácido Domingo, etc...
From this concert was born a great friendship and mutual admiration (between
Antonio and Larry) that lived until the Great Teacher's death
September 7th 2001 with 87 years old. Last time they had the
opportunity to play together was in London in 1999 with reason of the
celebration of the Teacher's 85 birthday.
Along his career like classic harmonica player, Antonio have had the
opportunity to play with the Symphonic Orchestras of: Hidelberg, Kiel,
Colony, Istanbul, Belgium, European, Spanish RTV, Granada, Sevilla,
Las Palmas, having recorded out recordings with those of Colony, The
Palmas, O.R.T.V.E., and the European.
Antonio, restless musician by nature decides to begin in the Jazz
after hearing Louis Armstrong and recordings of the master Toots
Thielemans. He studies modern harmony with Félix Santos During one
year and after it continues studying in a self taught way; although
according to Antonio, he has learned much with playing with other
In his still short Jazzy career, can say that he has played with the
most prominent musicians in the national musical scene (Perico Sambeat,
Chano Domínguez, Jorge Pardo, Carles Benavent, Tino di Geraldo,
Guillermo Mac Gill, Lou Bennet, Carlos Carli, Horacio Icasto, Albert
Sanz, Joshua Edelman, David Mengual, Javier Colina, Dan Rochlis, Bob
Sands, etc...) having collaborated in projects with Carles Benavent,
Horacio Icasto, David Mengual, Pedro Ruy Blas, Joshua Edelman, and
Tino di Geraldo.
Well accompanying these artists or with their own group, he has played
in the following Festivals of Jazz: San Sebastian, San Javier,
Alicante, Salamanca, Menorca, Ciudad Lineal, Madrid, Cazorla, The
Rioja, Islas Canarias, I.V.A.M., etc...
His adventures around the Jazz world, it has taken to be requested by
the best flamenco interpreters to collaborate all over the world in
their disks and performances. He has prominent collaborations with:
Vicente Friend, Diego Amador ("The Churri"), Esperanza Fernández,
Rubén Dantas (percussionist of Paco de Lucía), Carles Benavent, Chano
Domínguez, Juan Cortes, Tomasito, etc...
Antonio Serrano's versatility to approach any musical style and
interpret it with fineness, elegance and mainly with respect, he has
made that their harmonica can also be heard in the albums by: Pedro
guerra, Joaquín Sabina, Estopa, Rosana, Ana Belén, Rosario y Lolita
Flores, Navajita Plateá, La Barbería del Sur, Tontxu, Ella Baila Sola,
German Copini, Maita Vendecá, Armando Manzanero, Presuntos Implicados,
Rosa Leon, Paloma Verganza, Homenaje a Maria Elena Walsh, Homenaje a
Serrat (Serrat eres Único), Homenaje a Antonio Flores y Homenaje a
He has also collaborated in the Originals Soundtrack of films as:
Carne Trémula by Pedro Almodóvar, Mamá es Boba by Santiago Lorenzo,
Impulsos by Miguel Alcantud, and Tiempos de Azúcar by Juan Luis Iborra.
Although his discography as soloist is still small, his album "En el
Central" recorded live in the Cafe Central from Madrid with Joshua
Edelman's trio, it has had a stupendous welcomed by the specialized
critic in Jazz, and a second album is expected with this formation.
Nowadays, Antonio combines a tight schelude of concerts for the whole
national and international geography, and preparation of new albums.
With all this, Antonio Serrano is a young musician (1974), we can
conclude without fear to make a mistake, saying that we are in front
of a musician of great sensibility and surrendered deeply at the most
absolute conviction to art of the interpretation and the musical