Age: 24 years old
Glen is a composer and guitarist actively working in the Maltese and venturing into the international scene.
At a young age, he studied composition and later on shifted to Jazz guitar. He has had classes with notable teachers including Mike Moreno, Yotam Silberstein, Romain Pilon and Sandro Zerafa. His studies in Jazz guitar furthered in Italy where he completed two seminars and a pre-academic year. Returning from Siena, he formed a trio, focusing on writing music and leading. In 2017, was chosen for an intercultural residency in France led by Fabrizio Cassol where his interest in Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean music developed. In 2018, a collaboration with composer Jess Rymer diving into experimental/electronic music was formed and his participation in the New York Jazz Masters brought him closer to the jazz tradition.
Current projects include:
GLEN MONTANARO QUARTET/TRIO
A jazz group led by Glen Montanaro performing his compositions and explorations in Improvisation. The group has performed in numerous venues and events including the Malta Jazz Fest and the compositions have been performed both locally and abroad.
THE EBBIN’ & FLOW – MALTA / UK
The Ebbin’ & Flow is a collaboration between Jess Rymer and Glen Montanaro which explores Maltese and Yorkshire folk songs and stories through two distinct musical approaches. The result is an experimental fusion of musical styles and colours directing a narrative journey which has been recounted for years and is still relevant today.
The project has performed in numerous festivals, events and venues including:
EMM’s Circuits 2019 | V18’s Utopian Nights | The Bubble | Earth Garden | UK Tour – Northern Quarter, Huddersfield / The Brain Jar / Jaz Bar
Photo credit: Craig Hitchings