WIZ is a trio formed by three referents of the jazz scene of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain/Portugal). The repertoire is based on original compositions of all three of them, leaving plenty of room for improvisation and experimentation.

The atypical format with no bass opens up the soundscape for surprise, both for the audience and themselves. Different colors merge and result in new colors. Zé Pedro Coelho and his unexpected melodies on the saxophone get tangled up in the subtleties of Wilfried Wilde’s guitar playing, together with the attentive textures that Iago Fernández’s drumming creates. Resonating melodic lines contrast with moments of complex structures and free improvisation. Everything comes together in a very natural and integrated way, having enough trust to explore and push boundaries. 

Short Bio

Wilfried Wilde is a French jazz guitarist and composer based in Galicia, Spain. After studying classical guitar at the Mont-de-Marsan conservatory, he graduated in Jazz Performance by Musikene (Spain) with great teachers such as Guillermo Klein, Jorge Rossy and Chris Kase among others. In 2011 he won the first price of the Keep An Eye Jazz Award as “Best European Soloist” at Bimhuis, Amsterdam. Wilde released one album as a leader “Oscilenscope” (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2017). As a sideman he has worked with well known artists such as Perico Sambeat, Javier Vercher and Chris Kase,

Iago Fernández is a drummer and composer from Cangas, Galicia (Spain).  He got the degree in Jazz Performance by Musikene (Spain). Since the age of 18, Iago played regularly in festivals and clubs around the world with musicians such as Steve Nelson, Avishai Cohen (trumpet), Jesse van Ruller, and Ben Van Gelder. He appears as a sideman in around forty albums and three albums as a leader. In 2017 he got the price ‘Martín Códax’ as the best jazz project of the year in Galicia. In 2018-2019 Iago was selected for the prestigious program Focusyear in the Jazzcampus of Basel (Switzerland), to learn and perform with artists such as Dave Liebman, Norma Winston, and Ambrose Akinmusire.

Zé (José) Pedro Coelho is a saxophonist and composer born in 1984 in Porto (Portugal) . He holds a degree in Jazz Performance by ESMAE where he studied with Carlos Azevedo, Nuno Ferreira and Michael Laurent among others. He participated in the 1st National Youth Big Band directed by Pedro Moreira. He received the award of best new soloist in the 2nd Jazz Festival at Teatro S. Luiz, in Lisbon. Since 2003, he is a member of the Orquestra Jazz of Matosinhos, having worked with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Lee Konitz, Mark Turner, Chris Cheek and Guillermo Klein among others. Currently, he has two albums as a leader and nearly thirty recordings as a sideman.

Zé (José) Pedro Coelho – Saxophone
Wilfried Wilde – Guitar
Iago Fernández – Drums

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