New York-based Roman FiliÃº has been a saxophonist, bandleader, composer for over 20 years. Born and raised in Santiago de Cuba, he has played, recorded, and toured worldwide with a great variety of artists. He is currently a member of Henry ThreadgillÂ´s Ensemble Double Up, and leads several groups himself such as Quarteria, which features David Virelles, Ralph Alessi, Matt Brewer, Dayna Stephens, Yusnier SÃ¡nchez, and Craig Weinrib as well as the Roman FiliÃº Quartet with Billy Hart, David Virelles, and Thomas Morgan. Among his many collaborations, RomÃ¡n has played in Chucho ValdÃ©sÂ´Irakere (Grammy Award nominated BabalÃº AyÃ©, Grammy Award winning New Conceptions), has been the musical director of David MurrayÂ´s Big Band and has played with outstanding musicians Andrew Cyrille, Gonzalo Rubalcaba (Grammy Award nominated Antiguo), Steve Coleman Dafnis Prieto, Milford Graves, Miguel ZenÃ³n, Doug Hammond, Nasheet Waits, Michele Rosewoman, Omara Portuondo, Marcus Gilmore, LÃ¡zaro Ross, Alain PÃ©rez, IvÃ¡n MelÃ³n Lewis, RomÃ¡n DÃaz, Damion Reid, Pablo MilanÃ©s, Liberty Ellman, Stephan Crump, Pepe Rivero, Adam Rogers, Rez Abassi, Roy Hargrove, and Chano DomÃnguez to name a few.
The musician has been a recipient of the Jazz Gallery Commission Series, the Langnau Jazz Fest Artist in Residence, the Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Award, and the Lucas Artist Residency. He has established himself as a prominent and innovative composer through his work for numerous small ensembles and has written pieces for string quartet, solo piano and saxophone quartet. Roman has also released the albums Blowinâ€™ Reflections and Musae, which were praised by the press for their quality and depth.