Hilario Duran and Friends at Town Hall Seattle
A rare opportunity to see Cuban virtuoso pianist/composer Hilario Duran in concert with the Duran/Schloss/Mitri Trio and Seattle's own Cuban music ensemble Charanga Danzon at Town Hall Seattle.
Special guest Hilario Duran, pianist, composer, bandleader and arranger, is one of Cuba's greatest virtuoso pianists. Once the pianist, composer and arranger with Arturo Sandoval's band in Cuba (1981-1990), Duran is now one of Canada's biggest jazz names, and was named SOCAN composer of the year and Latin jazz artist of the year (2008). In addition, his group, Hilario Duran's Latin Jazz Big Band, was named big band of the year (2008).
Duran's latest releases are New Danzon (2005 JUNO Award Winner), which has taken danzon to new heights (New Danzon melds the traditional with sophisticated Be-Bop and technical musical mastery), and From the Heart (Alma Records, 2006): "This album is dedicated to all the great Cuban conductors that I have had the opportunity to work with: Rafael Somavilla, Armando Romeu, Adolfo Guzman, Tony Tano, Rembert Egues, and German Pifferrer among others. Dedicated as well to Ernesto Lecuona, Lili Martinez, Antonio Maria Romeu, Peruchin, Richard Eges, Chucho Valdes and all the other great composers, arrangers and musicians of the first order who inspired and pushed me to grow in my career. This recording is a tribute to you."
The Duran/Schloss/Mitri Trio: This highly unusual, dynamic ensemble was formed in 2001. Their debut performance was broadcast live on CBC RadioTwo from Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg, during the Winnipeg New Music Festival. Following that resounding success, the trio was invited to New York, as featured performers at the Interactive Arts Performance Series at New York University. Most recently, the trio performed at the University of Victoria, where Hilario Duran was invited as part of the University Of Victoria's Orion Series in Fine Arts, at Earshot's "Jazz: The Second Century" Festival in Seattle, and on tour in Cuba in March 2008.
Their music is an adventurous musical journey into Afrocuban jazz with live electronics and interactive computer music. While Duran is a world-class jazz pianist and composer from Cuba, Schloss is known as an experimenter in high-tech interactive computer music in concerts around the world, and Mitri is a lyrical violinist who has crossed over into Latin Jazz. This musical experiment, putting together contemporary Afrocuban jazz and traditional Cuban music with the newest computer music techniques, has fascinated audiences in Canada, the United States, and Cuba.
Charanga Danzon is a fluid ensemble of superb Seattle-based musicians led by violinist Irene Mitri, with a repertoire of Cuban music including traditional charanga, son/danzon, cha-cha-cha, classical, and jazz. The group features: Irene Mitri (violin), Michael Nicolella (guitar), Jim O'Halloran (flutes), Fred Hoadley (piano, tres), Andy Schloss (radiodrum, percussion), Ben Verdier (bass), Pedro Vargas (percussion), and Francisco Medina, Jr. (percussion).
Tickets: $28/general, $20/students and seniors, $10/age 12 and under. (Groups of 20 or more get a 15% discount if purchased in advance). Day of show tickets available for an additional $5 per ticket at the door.
Town Hall Seattle
1119 8th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
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