Abstract Jazz Arrangement (AJA), Bodo y Bakero…

(foto propiedad de FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

Menudo enredo…primero Bodo Vespaciano, ahora Francisco…pero C’est la vie, las cosas cambian, la gente igual y todos vamos madurando y mutando mientras vamos creciendo y desarrollando nuestro arte y talento. Al fin y al cabo, el talento es el resultado de horas y horas de dura faena artística.

Quisiera que conocieras la música que tocabamos cuando hicimos AJA (Abstract Jazz Arrangement, que significa “arreglos de jazz abstractos” o “arreglos abstractos de jazz” como quieras). El siguiente enlace te lleva a un website donde podrás escuchar piezas de piano y contrabajo:


Ese CD lo grabamos en el 2004 un gran pianista y yo en el bajo.

Y aquí te dejo el vídeo “Aranaki” con la canción “Yerushalahaim” de fondo. Y preparate porque durante esa etapa me llamaba Bakero. Toco la guitarra y el bajo en la grabación:

(Música original de FBC, cuadros y fotos de FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

Te invito a suscribirte a mi canal YouTube donde todos mís vídeos contienen mís cuadros y fotos igual que la música que he compuesto con AJA y solo.

INSTAGRAM: @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

JaZzArt en Valencia: http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

Grupo AJA: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja2


AJA on Tour…Hotel Room #3

While touring with AJA back in 1999, foto de FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia

We did a short piece, of a longer one, called “Meditation Jazz” and I used it to showcase some of my paintings and drawings. Hope you enjoy it.

(Video of Francisco Bravo Cabrera and AJA with original artwork and music)

If you have liked this, or not, please comment and let me know your impressions. I think it is important for artists, musicians, poets and all those who love these art forms to get involved in civilised discussions concerning these topics. And of course, if you did like it, hit that like button, and share…

You can find most of my drawings and paintings on Instagram @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

and my “JaZzArt en Valencia” online at http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

and for more of AJA go to http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja

and my YouTube channel


JaZzArt in Miami…Those Were the Days, my friend…

(Playing the bass with the lads of AJA at the Merrick Festival in Coral Gables (Miami), Florida)
Hope you like the song and the images…

INSTAGRAM: @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

JaZzArt en Valencia: http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

Piano Jazz by AJA: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja

Please do not forget to hit that like button, share and follow as well as comment! I love your comments! And for all of us who love art, let us please start conversations, honest and civilised discussions…let us talk!


JaZzArt in Colour, Valencia 2019

(“Flores de Luz” acrylic on canvas 30x40cm, OCS Valencia)

The black line, my favourite drawing companion, is not absent in works of colour…

The same principles exist for me when I pain or when I draw. I never sketch a painting or a drawing. I do sketch all the time but those sketches are just ideas, are experiments and sometimes they are actually finished works…

But colour is a means of expression and art is all about expressing an idea, an emotion, a thought or a weapon…

Painting with the knowledge that you will improvise all the way through the work is an amazing experience. I cannot let a restriction, such as knowing how the painting will finish, stand in my way. I am guided by the composition itself, how it is going, where, and how it should look in colours…improvisation, spontaneity and rhythm are the elements of Jazz and my work is “Jazz Art”.

Omnia Caelum Studios is holding a small expo in Valencia at the present time, mostly to showcase some of these and some of the black and white drawings (see JaZzArt post). If you are in the area, you can stop by Trentatres Bar and Gallery (Carrer de Sueca 33) and take a look…

The difference is that in Jazz Art, there is swing…

(“Jazz with Bass and Bailaora” acrylic on canvas, 60x60cm, OCS Valencia)

You can always see my entire work (at least most of it) if you follow my Instagram, @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera and the 2016 “JaZzArt en Valencia” collection is at http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

(These images are protected, C.2019 All Rights Reserved, Derechos Reservados)

All paintings at Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia are for sale, please inquire.


JaZzArt en Valencia 2019

(“Tuba Jazz” graphite/ink on paper, 20x25cm, OCS Valencia)

As I’ve always said, my first love is drawing…

I believe in the power of the black line. The line describes, creates, inspires, improvises and has complete spontaneity in composition. That is what “Jazz Art” is all about. Of course, the composition itself helps to create the mood with the visuals…

I greatly admire Jazz musicians because, in spite of their classical training and expert skills as musicians, they are able to break all the patterns, schemes and structures and create as they play…

In art, meaning, drawing and painting, there has to be…for me…the freedom that improvisation brings. I rarely know how a drawing or a painting is going to look like when finished. I am pretty sure of how it is going to start but uncertain of the end. Sort of how the days are…

To see more, please follow me on Instagram @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

and for more of 2019 “JaZzArt en Valencia” visit http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

and if you are in Valencia, drop by Trentatres Bar and Gallery (Carrer de Sueca 33, Russafa)

(All these are originals, no copies, no series and they are all available for sale. Please ask)

(“Flute for Jazz” graphite/ink on paper, OCS Valencia)

(All images are property of FBC and OCS Valencia, they cannot be copied or reproduced, All Rights Reserved, C.2019)


And so this is Jazz Art? Maybe it’s Another Path?

(“Bass & Dancer” oil/acrylic on canvas, 100x90cm Private Collection, Spain, image protected C.2019 All Rights Reserved, Derechos Reservados)
(“June Skies Miami” Private Collection Miami, image C.2019 All Rights Reserved, D. R.)


Racing through a rocky path,

we’re not as fast as sparrows in flight,

nor can we navigate so easily around, below and above obstacles…

But we can see,

if we really try,

the road before us…

I think I chose to be a “jazz” painter because of my love of jazz. Wow! That was a hard one to reckon! No, it may seem easy, but nothing in life is too easy and what appears to be easy may be more difficult than imagined. Perhaps we are only looking at one layer of the onion? But if an onion is made of layers, what happens to the onion when we have peeled off all the layers? Nothing. What happens to a hamburger when you eat it?

Transformation is the essence of the universe and of humankind. Jazz is transformation because the notes, the sounds, they rhythms that are in your head are never the ones that go through the nerve endings, synapses et cetera to get to your fingers to get to the piano, the guitar, bass or the horn. They’ve been transformed and when you realise what you are playing, then you transform that into something else. Incredible! That’s Jazz!

I try to accomplish that transformation in my paintings because the same phaenomenon takes place. The image in your mind’s eye is never the one that turns up on your canvas or paper. It is transformed and then you let the process continue, allowing the elements of the composition to do their thing and create the work. That is the magic of improvisation!


If you would like to see more of my work, as I finish one I post it, follow me on Instagram @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

and for my 2019 “JaZzArt en Valencia” collection, visit http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

For AJA music, check out http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja


All is Heaven…

(Photo by FBC, C.2019 Derechos Reservados)


I have been born with imagination,
in a simple tree branch, a thriving nation,
I see a million clouds that form the shapes of dreams and hopes
in a cloudless sky.
And many times I wonder if we are fragments of a storybook
recited to a child in Heaven...

I called my studio of art, Omnia Caelum Studios, because of certain verses in Ovid which I always found interesting:

“…ante mare et terras et quod tegit omnia caelum
unus erat toto naturae vultus in orbe,
quem dixere chaos: rudis indigestaque moles
nec quicquam nisi pondus iners congestaque eodem
non bene iunctarum discordia semina rerum.”

I liked the significance which translated roughly means:

Before the sea and the lands and (which covers all things) the sky,
one form was in the whole sphere of nature,
which they called Chaos, a raw undigested mass,
and nothing but an inert mass, and heaped up in the same [place],
the discordant seeds of things not well joined

Not well joined until touched by the hands of the artist who can redistribute, reshape and create something beautiful out of an undigested mass…

I was attracted to the order from chaos idea which in many ways describes the way I approach art. But mostly I was attracted to the line “omnia caelum”, which I know to really mean…at least really to me…that “all is Heaven”. All starts from Heaven and ends as well for Heaven is still there for us to look up and smile and wonder. After all in the skies…Heaven…we see so many incredible things…

From the source, Heaven, I can create the first line on my canvas that will inspire my improvisation that will ultimately create Jazz Art right here on the plane of Earth.

And not just my paintings, I have also created music using the same idea of Jazz. I formed the “Abstract Jazz Arrangement” (AJA) in 1999, withing Omnia Caelum Studios. I use the “Arrangement” to collaborate with jazz musicians, or others who like the idea of creating from short lines and forming complete tunes…

I like to work with the certainty that there is something before and something after. To me the concept of Heaven is many things, for example, the place…the horizon on the sea…where you see the union of sky and water…

I want my studio to be what I think art is, therefore it is conceptual, that way I do not lose my place and I can continue to work within the structure that I have created for myself. It is not a limitation, it is simply a border, a reminder. After all just because your elbow does not bend outward, are you limited?

I chose “jazz” as my style not just because I love that musical genre but because it creates something pure, organic and complete out of randomness. I wanted to unite with music in the spirit of the abstract, after all what can be more abstract than music?

If you would like to see more of my artwork, paintings and drawings, please follow me on Instagram as there I post them as I paint them, just go to @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera and if you would like to see the 2019 “JaZzArt en Valencia” series, please access my online galleries at http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

For my music with AJA (Abstract Jazz Arrangement), samples can be heard at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja

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Rhythm in Art and Jazz Art

I wanted to show some of my pen/graphite on paper drawings from different times. I have always loved to draw. To me, the power of the black line on paper is incredible. And when I begin a drawing it is like starting a profound and deep meditative process. I always follow the rules I’ve imposed upon myself which is to obey the definition of Jazz. I start with the line and then the line creates its own path through the composition. I finish by adding rhythm…it is hard to do, I know, after all it is a drawing, not a song…and I add the rhythm sometimes in the characters that populate my work…

These are prior to 2018 when my artistic trademark was Bodo…

If you would like to see more of my drawings and paintings as well, please follow me on Instagram @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera and for my 2019 “JaZzArt en Valencia” collection, please visit my online galleries at http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155


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