is a musician and composer from Havana and Berlin.
Since the age of nine, when he began his classical training, his primary instrument has been the alto saxophone. Now a multi-instrumentalist, he plays the baritone saxophone, flute, clarinet and Afro-Cuban percussion as well.
Based on Cuban traditional rhythms and Jazz, his playing style is flexible, with strong improvisation skills in any genre, be it World Music, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Soul or Pop.
“My musical vision combines elements of many sacred musics of all world cultures. When I’m playing and composing I mix the flavour of different music traditions and melt them into other sounds and vibes.“
Molina is an energetic saxophonist and band-leader. With his bands he also is on a quest for the spiritual values within the music. In the Cuban culture music, dance and spirituality are interconnected to each other, principles that Molina translates to thru his music: ”You can´t really separate them from each other and I think about this in my playing and writing. I first learned how to dance rather than to play music, so I guess that’s why I love to have a sense of ’dancing’ in my body while I’m playing. It helps me to connect and interact more with other subtle elements in the music. Then I try to make them all sound like mine.“
His passion and dedication to music has seen him receive several awards as well as share the stage and the studio worldwide with several renowned musicians and bands, such as Ojos de Brujo, Aloe Blacc, Jimi Tenor, Tony Allen, Chucho Valdez, Stars of Buena Vista Social Club, Afrocuban Allstars, Helene Fischer and Samy DeLuxe.
2014 – 2016 Jazz Institute Berlin (JIB), EUjam – Master in Jazz
2006 – 2010 JazzInstitute Berlin (JIB) – Bachelor in Jazz education
2004 – 2006 Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), Havana, Cuba – Nivel Superior
1999 – 2003 Conservatorio de Musica ‚Amadeo Roldan‘, Havana, Cuba – Nivel Medio Superior
1995 – 1999 Escuela Elemental de Musica ‚ManuellSaumell‘, Havana, Cuba
Juno Award 2008 in collaboration with Alex Cuba
Latin Grammy 2007 in collaboration with Ojos de Brujo
Berlin Blues and Jazz Awards Winner 2007 in collaboration with Blowing Front
1st Award International Jo-Jazz Contest 2005
2nd Award International Jo-Jazz Contest 2005 (Composition Category)
2nd Award International Jo-Jazz Contest 2004