With two albums as a leader, many recordings as a sideman, newly commissioned pieces, and performances across the United States and Central America, Nicaraguan pianist and composer Darwin Noguera is considered to be a rising star in the new generation of pianists in the Jazz idiom. Based in New York City, he has established himself as one of the most in demand pianists, playing with artists such as Steve Turre, Rich Perry, Giovanni Hidalgo, Paquito D'Rivera, John Benitez, Luques Curtis, the Francisco Mela Trio, Chembo Corniel, and the Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.
This year he recorded an album with the legendary percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo and John Benitez.
Darwin draws from a range of influences including Herbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Danilo Perez, Chucho Valdes, and Debussy and Bach. He moves through musical styles like a fish in the water, employing the same prowess in Jazz as he does in Latin.
He founded his New York trio "Continuum," which explores hymnal standards and Spirituals in a modern jazz context. This trio seeks to discover innovative sonic and rhythmic possibilities in iconic church anthems. Darwin's trio performs in New York City festivals, churches, clubs, and is currently working on releasing a debut album in the Spring of 2016, as well as organizing a Central American tour. The other group Darwin founded is CALJE: Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble.
Darwin lived in Chicago for ten years, and presently contributes to the artistic community, writing and managing his band and flying in for shows.
Born in Nicaragua, Darwin started his classical training from the age of 9 with church pianist Reinaldo Whyte and went on to study in Cuban conservatories in Miami, FL - where he grew up. He then moved to Chicago to attend DePaul University and studied music and business administration there. While there, he switched from Classical to Jazz at the age of 21. Darwin grabbed the attention of presenters, such as the Jazz Institute of Chicago, Andy's Jazz Club, Green Mill - as well as local and international artists. He lived and performed there for ten years, after which he moved to New York City to continue his studies at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, where he received a scholarship and earned a Masters in Jazz.
"I focus on creating music that expresses beauty, as honestly as possible. As I keep the gaze of my soul on God, I listen to the groans of the Earth, and translate that into music." - Darwin Noguera