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IAM (Iguapele Arts Motions) was founded by Abel Marcel in 2012, with the commitment to connecting communities more profoundly through the arts and arts education. After his studies in Classical Piano and Composition in Havana, Cuba, he was awarded in 2010, with the Christian Huygens Scholarship by (NUFFIC) to study in the Netherlands, where he currently resides. For over 20 years he has been working as a musicianproducer, booker, composer, sound engineer, coach, artistic leader and educator.

Parallel to that he is also active on promoting and building capacity, creating opportunities for decent employment and entrepreneurship in the cultural and creative industries for young talents.

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Described by The Guardian as “a phenomenal, dynamic, imaginative. An outstanding pianist.” Abel Marcel has been praised by the Music Republic Magazine as “equally at home with the european and american jazz traditions as he is with his own cuban roots”.

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