BIO

During these first years of life Minerva has performed in music halls such as la Continental in Barcelona, La capsa de música in Tarragona, La Mirona in Girona, in Festivals like the White Summer in Pals, the Off Aphònica in Banyoles or the Interntional Music Festival of Cadaqués sharing stage with Eric Burdon & the Animals.

ABRIL – voice

Minerva - Abril Gabriele (Veu)Born in Buenos Aires and raised in Catalunya, music’s been always around her. She started approaching the R&B style singing as a chorister in a rap band and later on as a duo with Janah Alice Cheen to participate in the singing and composing contest Salt the Musics.

At the age of seventeen, since she was spending the summer working in London, she had the opportunity to learn with the recognised singing teacher Jennifer May. Still now, they go on with the singing lessons on her occasional visits to the capital and with another teacher, Jordi Homs, from Girona.

With influences that go from Lauryn Hill to Amy Winehouse she’s found in the black music a great inspiration in her singing style. At the moment, apart from Minerva she’s also a member and a soloist in The Gospel Viu choir, one of the most prestigious gospel choirs in Spain.

LLUÍS – guitar

Minerva - Lluís Rodríguez (Guitarra)After being part of several groups and formations, in 2002 the guitarist and composer Lluís Rodríguez started as a member of The Pepper Pots. With this band he’s performed in more than concerts around the world, in cities like Barcelona, Madrid, Lisboa, Porto, Paris, London, Moscow, Tokio, Los Angeles, Houston, Helsinki, Viena, Berlin, San Diego, San Francisco, Osaka, Bordeux or Liverpool, among others. He’s recorded 6 studio albums and has received an Enderrock prize, two Pop-Eyes for the albums Now (Black Pepper, 2009) and Train to your lover (Double Back Records, 2011).

He’s worked as the composer and co-producer in the 2011 summer song of TV3, has recorded a song for the American TV program “Yo-Gabba-gabba”, has collaborated with the Marató of TV3, has appeared in the media such as TV3, Antena 3, RAC 1, Catalunya Ràdio, Radio 3, La 2, Televisión Española, El País, La Vanguardia, Enderrock, Ruta 66, etc.

He’s also performed as a guitarist in singing sessions for soul singers like Eli “Paperboy” Reed, Maxine Brown or The Impressions. Has worked with the Brooklyn producer Binky Griptite (Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Daptone Records, The Impressions). So far, he’s shared stage and line-up with national and international bands like The Pioneers, Tokyo Ska Paradise, New York Ska Jazz, The Slakers, Fundación Tony Manero, Vetusta Morla o Manel, among others.

ENRIC – bass

Minerva - Enric Fluvià (Baix)The bass player Enric Fluvià started playing the bass at the age of sixteen with the band Gàndels and later on he continued developing his musicianship with other bands such as Siempre Tarde (pop-rock), The Cat Exprés Band (blues, r&b..), Net Flanders (rock), Aquitamxé (pop, rock, funk..), Blue Tubes (blues), Calaveras (versions de rock), Boc Gurú Special (indie), The Pepper Pots (soul), Nuzz (jazz) and Els Cremats (havaneres, cuban sound).

Throughout his career he’s also collaborated with national and international artists of different styles, like: The Impressions, Eli Paper Boy Reed, Àngel Arias, Robert Molina, País de Cotó, Orchestra Fireluche, Trios de Jazz, among others.

Among the cities where he’s performed we can highlight Barcelona, Madrid, Lisboa, Porto, Paris, London, Moscow, Los Ángeles, Houston, Helsinki, Viena, Berlin, San Diego, San Francisco, Bordeux o Liverpool, etc. He’s currently Actualment, he combines his project with Minerva with Senyor Mit and Montreal76.

NARCÍS – drums

Minerva - Narcís Nadal (Bateria)He was just twelve when he started playing the drums for the first time. It was in a friend’s garage. An old drum which he used to rehearse with for a cover band and he played almost furtively every afternoon at the weekend. Since that moment a lot of bands followed: first a rock cover band, ska, reggae (The Woll Band) with friends from the adolescence that toured a great part of the small stages and local festivals in Empordà.

After that it was the Blamed period (alternative rock) who he recorded an album with (Exhale). With Blamed they were finalists of the contests “Sona Jove” (La Bisbal) and “Sona 9” (TVE 2), and participated in two editions of Salt The Musics. That Blamed period ended, he joined to the last stage of  Net Flanders,where he met Enric Fluvià, and a new project followed, L’’Element Sónic Desafiant (metal rock). During this period he was also a member of ellaway (pop rock), recording an album in 2013. He’s had as teachers Jordi Brull and Àngel Abad.