Toni Xucla was born in
Barcelona, Spain in 1955. At the age of fifteen Toni composed music for amateur
theaters and began playing with local jazz bands. By the time he was seventeen,
he was playing daily in various jazz clubs in Barcelona together with members
of the band Maquina. Other members of Maquina were Carles Benavent, Eric
Herrera and J.M. Paris.
Toni completed his
musical education in the study of harmony, arrangement, composition and
improvisation with G. Brncic, Joan Albert Amargos, A. Is, Larry Monroe, Gary
Burton, Herb Ellis and Francesc Llonqueres.
In 1976, he formed his
first group with Santi Arisa and Xavier Battles, playing his own compositions.
Later, he recorded his
first LP "Conte del Mediterrani."
In 1990, he received
the award "Inf-Art/90," organized by La Caixa de Pensions of
In 1992, Audiovisuals
de Sarria released Toni1s CD "Banda Sonora," where he combines oboes,
saxophones and guitars, along with traditional instruments such as mandolin,
lute and computer programmed samplers.
In 1996, Toni recorded
his CD "Cherry Earrings" at Nazca Music in Holland, which has been
introduced at several European Jazz festivals and in concerts all over Spain.
Besides performing, his
musical career includes the teaching of composition and arrangement, in
addition to the musical production of several Spanish bands.