BIOGRAPHY

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David Ruiz, 1983 (Puertollano, Spain) is an awarded Jazz Bassist, Composer, Arranger and Educator.

 

He started playing electric bass, guitar and keyboard during his teens, influenced by multiple music genres like rock, flamenco and blues. At the age of 16 he started working as a touring musician.

 

In 2005 he moved to San Sebastián (Spain) to major electric bass at MUSIKENE, receiving several scholarships from the aid program for coal mining areas. In 2009 he received the first prize in the Young Artists Contest of Castilla La Mancha, accompanying flamenco trumpet player Enrique Rodríguez “Enriquito”. In 2010 he graduated in electric bass, and in 2014 in double bass. During these years he was a finalist for the music contests at the Getxo Jazz Festival, Donostia-San Sebastián, Jazz sur l'herbe and at Jazz a Castelló. He also received Masterclasses from great musicians such as Javier Colina, Doug Weiss, Gilad Hekselman, Carles Benavent, Peter Berstein, Michael Kanan and Jorge Rossy, among others.

 

In 2011 he recorded the soundtrack for the film “Urte Berri On Amona”, which premiered at the San Sebastián Film Festival. A year later he joined the trio of jazz pianist Juan Ortiz, with Borja Barrueta on drums. They recorded a live album named "Life is Too Short", which had a strong audience reception. This recording was subsequently awarded as “Best Album of the Year” at the BBK Jazz Awards by famous Spanish Jazz Broadcaster Juan Claudio Cifuentes “Cifu” (Jazz Porque Sí, Jazz Entre Amigos) in 2013.

 

In 2014, after finishing his studies, he moved to Madrid, where he still lives in. In addition to his teaching jobs, he has been a very active live musician, sharing stage with artists such as Ruth Lorenzo, Bob Sands, Andrzej Olejniczak, The National Jazz Orchestra Foundation (FONJAZZ), Jorge Vera, Edu Big Hands and Pedro Ojesto, among others.

 

In 2018, Antonio Cortés Izquierdo included him in his book "Jazz in Spain” and in 2020, he releases his first recording as a leader, named "Where we come from". In this album, David explores new paths and sounds with his instrument. Artists from different parts of the world take part in this cd, like the Tunisian singer and violinist Larbi Sassi, Antonio Lizana (Spain), Jorge Vistel (Cuba), Miron Rafajlovic (Bosnia), Shayan Fathi (Iran) or the flamenco dancer Nino de los Reyes.