Stressless fretless... ;)
  • 1955-1982
  • 1982-1996
  • 1996…
Tab 1
Born in 1955 in Barcelona (Catalonia - Spain). Starts its musical career at 16 by playing the electric bass, forming a few rock groups and learning musical theory and double bass at the Conservatorio Municipal de Música de Barcelona.

In 1975 joins the symphonic rock group Gòtic that quickly becomes one of the most significant bands in the musical trends at the moment in Barcelona. The group recorded only one album "Escenes" (Scenes) recently re-edited and distributed by Fonomusic.
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At the same time he starts working as a sideman for some of the most popular folk and pop singers in the movement know as "Nova Cançó". People as Joan Isaac, Sisa, Ramon Muntaner, Joan Baptiste Humet etc... got some innovative bass lines recorded in their own works.
Rafael joins the staff of the music school "Escola de Música de Vallvidrera" as the main electric bass teacher. In 1981 he founds with pianist Lluís Vidal the jazz quartet Catalonia recruiting Angel Pereira as drummer & vibes and Antonio Peral on saxes. The group recorded an album entitled "Catalonia" (Cúspide label - 1981)
Rafa also joined the jazz big band Factoría Musical (1981-82)
From 1980 to 1985 Rafa played as session bassist for a lot of artists and major record labels in the recording studios of Barcelona and Madrid.
Rafa also got the main chair as electric bass and music theory teacher at the (Berklee endorsed) Aula de Música Moderna i Jazz de Barcelona. He did a lot of gigs with some of the most innovative groups of the moment: Tribu (of drummer Santi Arisa), Max Sunyer Trio and other bands of the moment.
Tab 2
In 1982 Rafael co-founded the fusion rock group Pegasus with Josep Mas "Kitflus" on keyboards, Max Sunyer on guitars and Santi Arisa on drums.
The band performed all around Spain, at the Montreux Jazz Festival, at the New York Kool Jazz Festival, at the Miami International Film Festival and spanish Jazz Festivals in Madrid, Barcelona, San Sebastián, Bilbao etc...
Pegasus did nine records during his activity period which lasts up to 1996.
The band was also (via Rafael influences) one of the first bands to use computers and MIDI sequencers support on records and live.
Rafael was also organizer and consultant of the first Electronic Music Seminar sponsored by the Aula de Música of Barcelona. He was also co-founder and teacher at the Computing & Music Center (Centre d'Informàtica Musical de l'Aula de Música).
In 1989 he records his first solo album Aldebarán with good friends like Santi Arisa, Lluís Vidal, Manel Camp, Josep Mas "Kitflus" amongst others. The record won the award of radio station Radio 4 as the best catalan recording of the year in the playing quality category.
During 1990 he works for Apple Computers (Spain) as music consultant.
In 1991 the Taller de Músics of Barcelona invites Rafael to prepare the material for their starting department of New Technologies. Also during 1991 he collaborates with some local distributors of musical equipment and software.
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Pegasus 1982
Tab 3
Just after the last Pegasus album tour in 1996 he retires from the musical scene to focus on its own software bussiness.

In 2002 Rafa and Josep Mas "Kitflus" formed KitflusKuartet with drummer Roger Blàvia and cellist Manuel Martínez del Fresno. The band just recorded a CD released on 2004 on Satchmo Jazz Records spanish label and re-released 2005 by New Mood Jazz label.

More recent activities include Rafael collaborating on the "Mô" tour with Joan Manuel Serrat in the spring of 2006; the meeting of Pegasus in Vilafranca del Penedés in summer 2007, which marked the return of Pegasus to stage. The group celebrated its 25 years of existence in 2008 with a concert DVD recorded at the Auditorium of Barcelona, ​​as part of the jazz festival in the city. Visit the Pegasus site to get updated on recent activities of the group!

From 2014 to 2021 Rafa was teaching bass and band in the rock and modern music school JamSession in Barcelona.
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With a fretted Zon bass!!!

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