Néstor Torres is a jazz [1 ] flautist born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, in 1957. He took flute lessons at age 12 and began formal studies at the Escuela Libre de Música, eventually attending Puerto Rico’s [2 ] Inter-American University. At 18, he moved to New York with his family. Torres went on to study both jazz and classical music at the Mannes College of Music in New York and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, among other places.
He moved to
Miami in 1981, and signed with PolyGram, where he released Morning Ride in 1989. His major label debut climbed quickly to the top of the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts and soon brought him widespread acclaim. Tragedy struck a year later when an accident in a celebrity boat race left him with eighteen fractured ribs, two broken clavicles and a collapsed lung. His record company dropped him, he and his wife divorced, and his home was nearly repossessed.
Nestor Torres playing at the World Music Concert 2007
Torres is also a practitioner of
Nichiren Buddhism and a longtime member of the Buddhist association Soka Gakkai International. [3 ]
In 2007, Torres played at the World Music Concert during
One World Week 2007, in front of a full house, at the University of Warwick.
On March 21, 2009, he played in
Herbst Theatre in San Francisco in performance "Tango Meets Jazz" with Pablo Ziegler.
On September 9, 2009, he played at the
Greek Theatre (Los Angeles) with the Dave Matthews Band. He guested on the song "Lying In The Hands Of God." He performed at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games opening ceremony.
No Me Provoques - Released: 1981
Afro - Charanga Vol. 2 - Released: 1983
Morning Ride - Released: 1989
Dance of the Phoenix - Released: 1990
Burning Whispers - Released: 1994
Talk to Me - Released: 1996
Treasures of the Heart - Released: 1999
This Side of Paradise - Released: 2001
Mis Canciones Primeras - Released: 2001
Mi Alma Latina - Released: 2002
The Sutra of The Lotus of The Wonderful Law - Released: 2004
Sin Palabras - Released: 2004
Dances, Prayers & Meditations For Peace - Released: 2006
The Very Best Of Nestor Torres (2007)
Nestor Torres - Nouveau Latino (2008)
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