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Cuban-Canadian Elmer Ferrer is widely recognized as one of the world`s premiere guitarists. An extremely versatile and prolific session musician, Elmer has recorded and toured the globe with many of Cuba’s top producers and artists. As a producer, arranger, session acoustic or electric guitarist, Ferrer has contributed to more than 100 music recordings, including two Latin Grammy nominee albums, a Goya awarded movie soundtrack, and recently, the latest CD from Italian superstar Zucchero, "La Sesion Cubana".

 

Elmer also has an established career as a composer and solo performer. He is a two-time Cubadisco* awarded artist, and is leader of the Elmer Ferrer Band (EFB). Known for captivating audiences and critics alike, the EFB has headlined international jazz, blues and music festivals, and shared stage line-ups with Keb Mo, Johnny Lang, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, Kid Rock, the Chris Duarte Group, Los Lobos and the Derek Trucks Band.

 

Elmer Ferrer currently resides in Toronto Canada, but his Cuban roots formed the foundation of his energy rich blend of Jazz, Rock, and Blues. He was born into a musical family in Sancti Spíritus, a small city that holds one of the strongest histories in Cuban traditional music. He started to play and study guitar at the age of 12, and graduated Classical Guitar at the prestigious National School of Arts in Havana at age 18.

Elmer`s extensive session work, recording and touring with Grammy winners and nominees as well as underground artists from all sorts of musical genre, made him soon be known as Cuba’s most sought after electric guitarist. Indeed, in a country with a reputation for great music, Ferrer has been one of the most prolific studio artists in the last decade. He has contributed to several award winning musical recordings, including the last five CDs and live DVD by Cuban megastars Juan Formell & Los Van Van.

 

Elmer has also recorded a number of movie soundtracks including Wim Wender`s production Pio Leyva & the Sons of Buena Vista, and the acclaimed “El Beny”, based on the life of Cuban music legend Beny More. Elmer recorded Beny’s “original guitars” with direction of renowned Grammy awarded Cuban producer Juan Manuel Ceruto, whom frequently relied on Elmer for his recordings projects.

 

Ferrer has performed at international music festivals worldwide, and played to crowds in excess of 90,000. He has played live shows or improvised jams with international stars like Me'Shell Ndegé Ocello, Ed Motta, the Otis Taylor Band, Chris Duarte, Los Lobos, Zucchero, and six time Grammy winner pianist Chucho Valdes. Valdes commented, “Elmer Ferrer is one of the best guitarists I have listened to in the last 30 years”.

 

Awards

Soloist Awards and Nominations:

 

 - Metropoli,  Elmer  Ferrer (Unicornio, 2002)

   Awarded Cubadisco 2003 Best New Album of the Year, nominated  as Best  Jazz Album of the Year

- Jazz Cuba Today,  Roberto  Carcasses,  Alexander  Brown,  and  Elmer  Ferrer  (Unicornio,  2005)

  Awarded 2006 Cubadisco Best DVD of the Year.

- Los Gatos de Alf

  Finalist for Best Jazz Song of the Year at the International Songwriting Competition (ISC), 2007.

 Awards and nominations as Music Producer or Arranger:

 

 - De Cero, Diego Gutierrez (Unicornio, 2006).

   Awarded Cubadisco 2007 Best Trova-Pop-Rock Album of the Year.

- Mi Generacion, Tesis de Menta (Egrem, 2006).

   Nominated Best Pop-Rock Album of the Year, Cubadisco 2007.

- Breathe, Yusa (TUMI Music, 2005).

  Nominated Best Fusion Album of the Year, Cubadisco 2006.

- Jazz Cuba Today, 2005 – Awarded 2006 Cubadisco Best DVD of the Year.

- Metropoli,  Elmer  Ferrer  (Unicornio,  2002)   

  Awarded 2003 Cubadisco Best New Album, also nominated as Best Jazz Album of the Year.

- Sin Julieta, Santiago Feliu (Unicornio, 2002).

  Nominated Best Trova Pop-Rock Album of the Year, Cubadisco 2004.

- Entre otros, Noel Nicola & Santiago Feliú (Unicornio, 2002).

  Nominated Best Song Album of the Year, Cubadisco 2004.

- Bobby Carcassés, Jazz Timbero (TUMI Music, 1998).

  Nominated in five categories including Best Record of the Year, Cubadisco  1999. 

 Awarded Movie soundtracks recordings:

 

 - Habana Blues (Cuba-Spain). Director: Benito Zambrana.

   Goya Awarded Best Original Soundtrack, 2005.

 

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As a session electric/acoustic guitarist, music producer, arranger, or composer, Elmer has contribute to over 100 CDs, DVDs, and Movie Soundtracks recordings. Credits include two Latin Grammy nominated Albums, a Goya awarded movie soundtrack, and recently, the latest CD from Italian superstar Zucchero, "La Sesion Cubana"; Record Labels include Sony Norte Planet, Icon, Sony BMG, BMG Ariola, Universal Music, and Warner Music. Many of these guitar tracks were recorded at Elmer's studio.

Discography (non-exhaustive list)

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2014| . Zucchero, La Sesion Cubana / Capitol Records (Universal)
. Lee Palmer, 60 clicks / On the Fly Music
. Telmary, Libre / Bis Music
2013 |

. Zucchero, Una Rosa Blanca (CD/DVD) / Universal Italy

  . David Buchbinder & Odessa/Havana, Walk to the Sea / Tzadi. 2014 Juno Award, World Music album of the year.
  . Amhed Mitchel & The Breath of Life Project, Path to Heaven / Amhed Mitchel
 

. Brian Hamilton & Devine Worship, Chooen / Devine Music Group

  - Jorge Luis Torres Papiosco & Iroko Project, Ancestral / Jorge Luis Torres Paumier-Jorge Luis Torres 'papiosco' & Iroko Projec
 

. Lee Palmer, One take Live at Canterbury / Lee Palmer. Guitars, pre production and final mix. .

2012 | . Zucchero, La Sesion Cubana / Universal Music
2011 | . Rob Christian, Someday Soon / Rob Christian
2010 | . Interactivo, Cubanos por el Mundo / Bis Music
. Laura Fernandez, Un Solo Beso / Laura Fernandez
. Glenda del E, Q-Ban Mixology / Glenda del E
2009 | . Elmer Ferrer Band featuring Ndidi Onukwulu, No Guitars Allowed / Elmer Ferrer - Composer, arranger, music producer. All guitar tracks recorded at Elmer`s home studio
. Juan Formell & Los Van Van, Arrasando / Sony Norte Planet
. Ricardo Leyva & Sur Caribe, Horizonte Próximo / Egrem
. Carlos Varela, No es el Fin / Carlos Varela
. Augusto Enrique, Maracaibo Oriental (Vol III) / Egrem - Nominated Best Traditional Popular Music Album, Cubadisco 2009
. Mocombo in Havana Project, Mocombo in Havana Project / Mocombo
. Various artists, Rhythms del Mundo, Classics / APE
2008 | . Juan Formell & Los Van Van, Aquí el que baila gana (CD & Live Show DVD) / Planet/Egrem - Winner of five 2009 Cubadisco Awards, including Best Live Show of the Year and the Overall Cubadisco Award of the Year (shared with Omara Portuondo)
. Fernando Alvarez y Descemer Bueno, Se Feliz / Egrem - Nominated Best Song Album of the Year, Cubadisco 2009
. Giraldo Piloto & Klímax, Solo tu y yo / BIs Music - Awarded Best Recording of the Year Cubadisco 2009, also nominated as  Best Popular Music Album
. Roberto Carcassés, Matizar / Interactivo Records
. Orlando Valle "Maraca", Lo  que  quiero  es  fiesta / Ahí-namá Music - Nominated Best Popular Music Album Cubadisco 2009
. Paulo FG, Te boté / Bis Music
. Various Artists, 37 songs -Homage to Noel Nicola / Unicornio, 2008 - Cubadisco 2008 Special Award. Other Elmer credits on this CD: Musical Arrangement for Nube, Agua, Ala y Brisa
. Dayramir González, Dayramir & Habana Entrance / Colibrí, 2008 - Nominated Best Jazz Album of the Year Cubadisco 2008
. Gardi, Lo que tu querias / Bis Music - Nominated Best Popular Music Album Cubadisco 2009
2007 | . Silvio Rodríguez, Érase que se era / Ojalá/Sony BMG - 2007 Latin Grammy Nominated, Best singer-songwriter Album
. Mayra Caridad Valdés, Obatalá estoy aquí / Colibrí - Nominated as Best Fusion Album, and Best Vocal Album of the Year, Cubadisco 2008

. John Allaire, Ghosts of the Royal Motel / John Allaire

2006 |

. Pio Leyva, Musica Cubana Live in Tokyo (CD & DVD) / Icon

. Roberto Carcasses, Alexander Brown & Elmer Ferrer, Jazz Cuba Today / Unicornio - Awarded Cubadisco 2007 Best DVD of The Year
. Yusa, Breathe / TUMI Music - Nominated as Best Fusion Album of the Year, Cubadisco 2006. Elmer credits include Musical arrangements and co-writting of two songs (Re-nacimiento and El fantasma del marino)

. William Vivanco, La Isla Milagrosa / Egrem - Awarded Best Fusion Album, Cubadisco 2007

. Tesis de Menta, Mi Generacion / Egrem - Nominated Best Pop-Rock Album of the Year, Cubadisco 2007 - CD Music Production & Arrangements by Elmer
. Telmary Díaz, A Diario / Bis Music - Awarded Best Rap Dance-Hip Hop Album, Cubadisco 2007
. Sarah Deluca, Safe and Unsound / Sarah Deluca
. Diego Gutiérrez, De Cero / Unicornio - Awarded Best Trova-Pop-Rock Album of the Year, Cubadisco 2007 CD Musica Production & Arrangements by Elmer
. Paulo FG, Un poquito de To´ / Bis Music
. Adriano Tota, Cuba Latin Jazz / Ritmi Latini
2005 |

. Juan Formell & Los Van Van, Chapeando / Unicornio - Latin Grammy nominated as Best Contemporary Tropical Music Album, 2005

. Interactivo, Goza pepillo  / BIS Music - Winner Overall 2006 Cubadisco Award

. Various artists, Habana Blues -the sound track / Warner Music - 2006 Goya Awarded Best Original Movie Soundtrack

. Elmer Ferrer Band, Fango Dance / Johnston Records

. Orlando Valle "Maraca", Soy yo / Ahí-namá Music - Nominated as Best Salsa Album of the Year; Awarded Cubadisco 2006 Best Recording
. Paulo FG, Ilusión / Bis Music - Awarded Best Song Album of the Year, Cubadisco 2006
. Juan Kemel y La Barriada, Adios a la tristeza / Egrem
. Anabell López, Yo te invito a caminar conmigo / Unicornio - Nominated Best Pop-Fusion Album of the Year, Cubadisco 2006
. Cesar Lopez y Habana Ensemble, Andante / Bis Music - Elmer's original song Kelembe is included on this CD
. Carlo Vutera, Ammore / Carlo Vutera
. Gerardo Alfondo, Raza / Bis Music - Awarded Best Trova-Pop-Rock Album of the Year Cubadisco 2006
2004 |

. Santiago Feliú, En vivo / Unicornio - Nominated Best Trova Album, Cubadisco 2006

. Germán Velasco, Sax Soul  / Colibrí - Nominated as Best Jazz Album and Best Instrumental Album of the   Year,  Cubadisco 2006

. Various Artists, Musica Cubana - Pio Leyva & the Sons of Cuba (the sound track) / Timba Records

. Francis del Rio, Sentimiento / Francis del Rio
. Sexto Sentido & the King of Bossa Nova Joao Donato, Bossa Cubana / Elephant Records
. Amaury Pérez, Trovador / Unicornio - Nominated Cubadisco Best Song Album of the Year, Cubadisco 2004
2003 |

. Havana Sax, Brain Storm / Egrem

. Yusa, Yusa / TUMI Music - Awarded Best Fusion Album of the Year, Cubadisco 2003
. Elmer Ferrer, Metropoli / Unicornio - Awarded Cubadisco 2003 Best New Album, also nominated as Best Jazz Album of the Year
2002 |

. Santiago Feliú, Sin Julieta / Unicornio - Nominated Best Trova Pop-Rock Album of the Year, Cubadisco 2004. Other Elmer credits on this CD: Guitar Arrangements. -

. Noel Nicola & Santiago Feliú, Entre otros / Unicornio - Nominated Best Song Album of the Year, Cubadisco 2004). Other Elmer credits on this CD: Guitar Arrangements
2001 | . Habana Ensemble, Todo Incluído  / Latin World
2000 |

. Santiago Feliú, Futuro Inmediato / BIS Music - Awarded Best Rock Album of the Year, Cubadisco 2000

. Roberto Carcassés, Invitation / Velas
. Roberto Fonseca, Elengó / Egrem
. X Alfonso, Mundo Real / Velas-
. Damien, Cubacambio / Good Omen
1999 |

. Ramsés Rodríguez Baralt, Fetecún / Tamarindo Records - Elmer's original song E-mail is included on this CD

. David Álvarez y Juego de Manos, Mundo loco / TUMI Music
. Bobby Carcassés, Jazz Timbero / TUMI Music - Nominated in five categories including Best Record of the   Year, Cubadisco 1999
. El Chispa y sus cómplices, New pa´que vea / Cuba Chevere
. Selma Reys, Aires de Habana / Velas
. Various Artists, Cuban Latin Jazz / Lauda Air
1998 |

. Columna B, Enclave / Mas i Mas Records

. Habana Abierta, 24 horas / BMG-Ariola - Other Elmer credits on this CD: Guitar Arrangements
. Roberto Fonseca, Tiene que ver / Egrem - Awarded best jazz album of the Year, Cubadisco 1999
1994 | . Santiago Feliú, Náuseas de fin de siglo / LAGASH
. Gema y Pavel, Trampas del Tiempo / Nube Negra

Movie Soundtrack Recordings

2008 | . Corazón del Tiempo (Mexico). Dir: Alberto Cortés
2007 | . La noche de los Inocentes (Cuba-Spain). Dir: Arturo Soto
2006 | . El Benny (Cuba). Dir: Jorge Luis Sánchez.
2005 | . Habana  Blues (Cuba-Spain). Dir: Benito Zambrana. Awarded Goya Best Original Soundtrack 2005
2004 | . Música cubana: los hijos de Cuba (Cuba-Germany). A Wim  Wenders´production

 

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