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He then taught himself to play the saxophone and made his professional debut with Cuarteto Mexicano de Jazz in 1984. Later, he moved to New York City and continued his studies of composition and improvisation at the Creative Music Studio with Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell and Don Cherry. He studied a bachelor in jazz at the Escuela Superior de Música from 1982 to 1987. In 1988, he traveled to Paris where his musical development was strengthened by taking classes with the composer-sax player Steve Lacy.
Since 1991, he has been a professor of saxophone and jazz at the Escuela Nacional de Música of the Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM).
Founder of Cráneo de Jade, with whom he has co-produced and recorded three CDs, he was invited to the Festival Internacional de Jazz Plaza in La Habana, Cuba, in 1997. In October 2005, Cráneo de Jade performed at the Palacio de Bellas Artes as a part of the Los Diez Grandes del Jazz, a tribute to the pioneers of jazz in México. In April 2007, Cráneo de Jade attended the VII Festival Internacional de San Luis Potosí.
Currently, he is a member of Antimateria, FAS Trio, Cráneo de Jade ensembles; he plays in a duet with Gabriel Lauber and runs his own trio: Remi Álvarez Trio. He has performed live with musicians like Sabir Mateen, Rodrigo Amado, Dennis, Stefan and Aaron González, Ernest Dawkins, Vinz Vonlanthen, Michael Vatcher, Tayeb Laoufi and the Gnawa Spirit from Morocco. He has performed live and recorded with the Camerata de las Américas.
- Chocolate Smoke Gang
- Álvarez - Lauber Duo
- Cráneo de Jade
- FAS Trio
- Remi Álvarez Trio
- Carlos Maldonado Cisneros
- Milo Tamez
- Aarón Cruz
- Gabriel Lauber
- Hernan Hecht
- Itzam Cano
- Gustavo Nandayapa
- Arturo Báez
- Jorge Fernández
- David Sánchez
- Remi Álvarez Official Web Site
- Antimateria - Official Web Site
- Remi Álvarez at MySpace
- Web Page of Cráneo de Jade
- Article of July 5th, 2008 at mexican newspaper Diario de Yucatán
- Article of September 18th, 2007 at mexican newspaper El Reforma
- Article of October 8th, 2007 at mexican newspaper El Reforma
- Article of September 26th, 2005 at mexican newspaper La Jornada
- Café Jazzorca - Jazzorca Records