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Getting to know Warren Galea
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Born on April 1st 1991, Warren started playing guitar in March 2002. Between 2006 and 2011 he studied Contemporary Guitar at Johann Strauss School of Music, and in 2012 he became a teacher there. In 2010 he attended the Summer workshops organized by Berklee College of Music at Umbria Jazz and in 2012 he was part of an exchange program between the University of Malta and the Conservatorio di Musica di Stato A. Scontrino in Trapani.

In 2014, after winning the second edition of the Malta Jazz Contest, Warren, who also plays piano and clarinet, played at Le Sons d’Une Isle - a festival of Maltese music in Paris, where he collaborated with two French musicians: Joachim Govin on double bass and drummer David Georgelet. The trio played a set which included jazz standards as well as some of Warren’s own compositions.


Locally, Warren has played in a variety of contexts ranging from musicals (Masquerade, Hoipolloi) to orchestral concerts (Malta Philharmonic, Joseph Calleja), and in March 2014, he was part of ‘Freedom – a Contemporary Performance’. Lead by Justin Galea, the event brought together local artists from different media: Claire Tonna, Danjeli Schembri, Joseph Camilleri ‘Il-Bibi’ Jr., Mariele Zammit, Matthew Grima Connell, Rebecca Camilleri, and Simone Inguanez.

Currently Warren is part of a group called F Trio with Alan Portelli (Bass) and Manuel Pulis (Drums). The trio have just recorded their debut EP which will primarily exhibit original material and which also included a collaboration with guitarist Jimmy Bartolo. The record will be launched in January 2016.

Warren is also active in a jazz guitar duo with Jes Psaila, with whom he performed in December 2014 at the music room in St. James Cavalier, presenting original compositions and arrangements of tunes from different jazz styles and moods. Moreover, in February 2015, Warren acted as leader for a fresh project: Green Electric. Alternating on stage between the electric guitar and keyboards,

Galea worked with two of the youngest upcoming musicians on the local scene - Keith Fenech on electric bass and guitarist Kyle Drakard on drums, with guest trumpeter Sean Borg joining in on some tunes, to give a very well received set at Valletta’s Django Jazz Bar. Delivering both original material and new arrangements of popular music, the group surfed across a wide variety of styles ranging from rock and jazz to hip hop, reggae, and electronic.

The young artist, whose greatest passion is improvised music, also took part in the 2015 edition of the Malta Jazz Festival, where he played in the Fringe Youth Jazz Ensemble, comprised of Maltese and Italian musicians. Shortly after, Warren, who holds a BA (Hons) from the Department of English at the University of Malta, moved to Brooklyn in New York City, where he currently resides, to study for his second degree - a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in Jazz Guitar at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan.
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