Marina Albero Tapaso

A master of the piano, psalterium (a mediterranean Hammered Dulcimer), vibraphone and composition, Marina Albero is a working musician based in Seattle, leading the Marina Albero Project.

Born and raised in Barcelona, Marina Albero started playing music on stages as a child with her family while they toured all around the world playing traditional music and creating new shows. In her early years she studied in Barcelona’s Conservatory (El Bruc) and later in La Havana (ISA), where she finished her classical piano degree with the great professor and pianist Mrs. Teresa Junco.

Marina has been researching in many different music styles such as: jazz, flamenco, early music, andalusie, latin (Brazilian & latin jazz)… She loves composing and improvising with a wide personal language carved by her colorful background.

She has played and recorded with several well known musicians and bands including L’Arpeggiata, Chano Dominguez, Pepe Habichuela, La Folata, Mariona Sagarra, Barbarito Torres, Llibert Fortuny, Glen Velez, Lori Cotler, Carlos Saura and Ars Longa.

As a hammered dulcimer player she created a language using flamenco rhythms, improvisation and modal music connecting the instrument from their origins in Persia to the nowadays sounds and textures. She has been at the NAMM show representing Dusty Strings, teaching several workshops and performing with this instrument at unusual stages such as Seattle’s Earshot Jazz Festival or Benaroya Hall among others.

Since September 2014, she enjoys living in Seattle with her musical kids and has added to the local music scene and been well received by her fellow musicians as well as the listeners and the media. Since then, she has been teaching at Cornish a College of the arts, she is piano chair at Teatro Zinzanni and has been invited to present her music at the Ballard Jazz Festival, Earshot Jazz Festival and KNKX programs “live studio sessions” and “Jazz Northwest” produced by Jim Wilke. The Marina Albero Project features some of the finest musicians like Hans Teuber, Evan Flory-Barnes, D’Vonne Lewis, Jeff Busch, Jeff Johnson, Ben Thomas, Chuck Deardorf and Jose Martinez. She has recently been awarded by Earshot Jazz as Emerging Artist of the year and she is about to release two new volumes of her ongoing project “A life Soundtrack”.

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