Composer and performer, Javier Otero began his career studying music in local conservatories and performing in local pop/rock bands throughout Spain. Living in Madrid, he enrolled in EMC, a Berklee College affiliate, and studied with an eclectic group of prominent musicians from the Spanish music scene while participating in seminars with international jazz masters, such as Gary Burton, John Abercrombie and Pat Metheny. On several occasions, he shared the stage with renowned Flamenco-Jazz artists, including Paco de Lucia's band members Ruben Damtas, Tino di Geraldo and Jorge Pardo. Soon after, his creative gifts led him to write innovative scores, fusing ethnic and modern styles, years before that genre had become commercially popular. That inventive music would be used in soundtracks for television programs, documentaries, dance troupes and theatre.
In 1993, Otero formed the band ARS.TORGA to unveil his distinct new style to the public. ARS.TORGA toured worldwide with recognized bands such as Al DiMeola, Spyro Gyra and Night Noise. From this period came the 1998 CD release "Acrobatic Music" (Digital Audio Records). Also during this time, he was hired by a national media network to create, direct and host a cultural magazine show, broadcast for both television and radio. His education was rounded out by attending four years of law school, as well as taking classes in acting and world dance to bolster his role as an entertainer. While living in London, he met, studied and performed with Robert Fripp, Ayub Ogada and Sheila Chandra. His travels extended to Latin America where he immersed himself in the Afro-American rhythms of Cuba and Brazil. In 1999, he arrived in Miami, an American, Latino and European techno artist convergence spot; he was under contract producing and arranging for Alcione, a record label and distributor of world and electronic music. He developed and maintains professional relationships with producers such as Emilio Estefan and Desmond Child, and recording artists including Fito Paez, Miguel Bose.
Looking to broaden his music horizons even further, Otero moved to Los Angeles in 2001 and currently collaborates with acclaimed musicians in the area, including Neil Stubenhaus (Quincy Jones), Cassio Duarte (Chaka Khan) and Grammy Award winner Jon Gilutin (James Taylor). Otero also presently works as a collaborator-songwriter for LA-Postmusic and IndartMusic (media music libraries). As a live performer, he has performed in the Los Angeles House of Blues, The Knitting Factory, and numerous years at the largest music industry show (NAMM---National Association of Music Merchants). He opened then played backed up for Iranian superstar Bijan at The Universal Amphitheatre (audience of 7000), the United States Governors…………………………………….
Convention, California Latin Mayors Convention 2004, and at the world premier of the 20th Century-Fox film "Daredevil". In June 2004, Otero was invited back to Spain to perform on CM-Barcelona, the largest late night in television show in Spain. Most recently, UCLA’s Orchestral Arrangements and Movie Scoring studies were added to his educational credentials.
Javier Otero has written songs and played with numerous recording artists and producers: John Beasley (Miles Davis), Alejandro Lerner (Santana), Joey Heredia (Stevie Wonder), Rique Pantoja (Milton Nascimento, Djavan ), Krassimir (Bulgarian Superstar), Rafa Sardina (multi Grammy award winner), Julio Figueroa (Michael Jackson, Enrique Iglesias), J. Morelli (Al Jarreau), Mark Goldenberg (Jackson Browne, Ringo Starr), Jesse Stern (Coolio), Scott Vomvolakis (Rippingtones) among many others……………………………….
Javier Otero has created a following for his captivating solo performances. He has the ability to draw his audience into the earnest and impassioned worlds his lyrics create. Mass medias have brought Latin ballads to the world stage, but it has always been and will remain an intimate kind of music, as when there is nothing but the audience and the voice and the guitar Javier Otero. Yet, today more than ever, no single style defines Latin music. There is an unmistakable joy at the heart of Otero's vivacious songs. When his audience is standing and singing along, it is clear that Javier Otero will continue his successful musical "xPansion" to become a dominant player on the world stage.………………………………………………….
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