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Meet Pablo Suñé

Today we’d like to introduce you to Pablo Suñé.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Pablo. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
I am a musician, originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I came to Los Angeles in 2002 with the idea of developing my musical career. I always loved jazz, and I was following those great artists I used to listen on my records. I study music since I am a kid. The beginnings were difficult, especially after high school. I feel I decided to become a musician when I found that I had a tool to express myself.

In Buenos Aires, I went to a music academy for many years, and that’s where I experienced jazz as a language. I also had a rock band with my friends in the hood, we had a place where to hang out and create our music. In the summer, I used to travel to Brazil. I found a job playing at a restaurant on a little island on a little island in Bahia.

Those were really fun days where I also learned about the power of music when used as therapy.

When I got back to Argentina, I went to the University to study Music therapy. Once I graduated, I decided to move to Los Angeles to continue my music studies with private instructors that I always listened on my records. In 2007, I enrolled in the Film Scoring Program at UCLA where I learned to write music for the orchestra and thinking from a different perspective than a guitarist. It was always hard to find time to practice.

As a performer, I have to dedicate many hours per week to play my guitar, so I need to balance my schedule by leaving time to compose, play, arrange and teach music. I took me many years after I decided to visit Putter Smith, a legendary jazz bassist who used to play with Thelonious Monk, to share my arrangements and I invited him to work with me.

Since then, we have been playing together for almost ten years no matter how big or small the audience is. In 2015, we recorded an album here in Los Angeles with a trio, and then I traveled to Hungary to record with a great string quintet. That became my first album, Luz Del Estero. On that album, I had the opportunity to play guitar, arrange for the strings, compose and sing. It was a great experience that helped me develop the muscle to be a better musician.

In 2017, the great tenor saxophone player, Mack Goldsbury, joined us and we began to play everywhere. Kenny Elliott also joined our band on drums at that time. Since April 2018, we have a permanent show every other week at the bar on the 70th floor at OUE Skyspace, Los Angeles. Jazz In The Sky is a jazz concert where we play for people coming from around the globe. It is wonderful to enjoy the experience of having a show that has been sold out for most of our performances since we began.

Next month we are celebrating our first anniversary with our shows there! We will also be having a brand new show: VILLAINS IN LOVE at Yamashiro in Hollywood. This concert is inspired on villains, vampires, spies, bandits in Hollywood films. We will play great film music in with a jazz accent. I love Los Angeles, and it’s rhythm. Having so many talented people here inspires me and keeps me busy trying to be better every day on what I do.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not been easy to decide for taking a different path far away from what others expected about me. But you have to take action and be consistent with those things and people you love. Working hard is the only way I find to thrive in this city. Los Angeles offers many opportunities for people with great talent, and you have to be ready to take your role when the opportunity comes to your door.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am a musician, producer, composer, playing a permanent show at OUE Skyspace Los Angeles, with Jazz In The Sky, my jazz quartet. We are celebrating our first year performing our shows there. We have been sold out most of our shows.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success: Is a state of mind. To be happy. To be with those you love, doing what you love.

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Guido Budani, Alex Caraballo

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