Mar Fayos is a Jazz vocalist from Barcelona. Her music could be described as Jazz fusion creations with Latin, Pop, Mediterranean and Soul influences, able to satisfy the tastes of the most demanding listeners of each genre. Where the elegance and sensitiveness of traditional jazz intersects with powerful and personal messages, Mar Fayos finds the perfect environment to create special memories for the audience, transforming a jazz concert into a complete and intimate shared journey.
Mar graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Berklee College of Music in 2018, with a Bachelor of Music Degree in vocal performance, arranging and a contemporary conducting minor. As a Berklee student, Mar participated in several projects of the college involving distinguished international artists such as Brazilian composer Toninho Horta, four-time Grammy winner bassist Oscar Stagnaro, the famous Mexican bolero composer Armando Manzanero and the outstanding jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater.
Additionally, Mar sang with various Berklee groups including performances at the Newport Folk Festival with the Gospel & Roots Choir, participating in the American Songbook Show tribute to Paul Simon, the Latin America VIVE Festival and the Singers Night. Before moving to the United States, Mar had already developed a career as a musical theater actress and educator, and later as a jazz performer.
Mar recently received the Mili Bermejo Scholarship Award from the Berklee Voice Department for her work in Latin Jazz, and was awarded the Professional Music Academic Excellence Award. Mar also received a scholarship to attend the LAMC Conference 2019 and 2020 in New York City, and The NAMM Show in 2020 and 2021 in California as well, and she has been selected to be part of the prestigious Antonio Sanchez's Residency 2020 in México.
She is one of the semi-finalists of the Bucharest International Jazz Competition 2020, of the International Songwriting Competition 2020 in the World Music category, and of the Spanish National Music Competition of Juventudes Musicales de España 2020 in the Jazz category. She has also been nominated to receive an Artist Award at Rootstock 2020 Music Festival. Mar has also been accepted and has received several scholarships to complete Master's Programs in Jazz Performance and Music Business in distinguished music education institutions in the US and in Spain.
The artist is member of Professional associations such as the BMI, Latin Grammy Academy, SoundExchange, Mujeres de la Industria de la Música and Associació de Músics de Jazz i Música Moderna de Catalunya. Recent relevant performances include a concert in Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid featuring relevant artists such as Mariza, Pitingo, Arcángel, Ainhoa Arteta, El Piraña, Javier Limón, Larry Monroe and La Mala Rodríguez, among others, in addition to the recording of videos with Sony Latin US Music with Casita Limón.
Mar has just released her first album of original music, called Mi Propia Religión and focused on her personal approach to Jazz fusion music with Latin and Mediterranean roots, and Pop and Soul influences, as she works in music higher education and performing actively both in the US and in Spain - soon throughout Europe - with Mar Fayos Project and other musical endeavours. Every time Mar is in Barcelona, she performs sold-out concerts and has received great press coverage as a result.
Photo by Berta Tiana
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