Gonzalo Rubalcaba, quando il jazz diventa poesia

Gonzalo Rubalcaba, quando il jazz diventa poesia Redazione, 24 gennaio 2011 in Appuntamenti. Gonzalo Rubalcaba Giovedì 27 all’Auditorium Parco della Musica di Roma Grande jazz all’Auditorium Parco della Musica di Roma. Giovedì 27 per il ciclo Solo si esibirà il pianista cubano Gonzalo Rubalcaba, il cui album “Gonzalo Rubalcaba SOLO” si è aggiudicato due Latin Grammy Award. Il suo repertorio spazia dal bop al jazz afro-cubano, dalle ballate tradizionali ai boleri cubani e messicani, in una varianza di atmosfere sola dei grandi artisti. In effetti Gonzalo ha raggiunto oramai un tale livello di maturità espressiva e di padronanza tecnica da essere giustamente considerato tra i migliori pianisti jazz attualmente in esercizio sui palcoscenici internazionali.

Attratto in pari misura anche dalla batteria, all’inizio della sua carriera Gonzalo studia sia quest’ultima sia il pianoforte. La sua formazione classica inizia presso il Conservatorio “Manuel Saumell” all’età di 9 anni, dove infine si decide per il piano; prosegue poi il suo percorso presso il Conservatorio “Amadeo Roldan” per poi, da ultimo, ottenere il diploma in composizione presso l’Havana’s Institute of Fine Arts nel l983. All’epoca Gonzalo si esibisce già presso i club e le sale da concerto dell’Havana; nel 1985 si presenta con il proprio Grupo Projecto al North Sea e Berlin Festival. Dal 1986 Gonzalo inizia ad incidere per l’etichetta tedesca Messidor di Francoforte, portando a termine tre prestigiosi album con il proprio Cuban Quartet: Mi Gran Pasion, Live in HavanaGiraldilla.

 

Del 1986 si ricorda il suo incontro fortuito a l’Havana con il bassista Charlie Haden. Grazie a quest’ultimo viene notato dal presidente dell’etichetta Blue Note Records, Bruce Lundvall, dando così il via ad una collaborazione, dapprima con Toshiba/EMI in Giappone ed in seguito con la Blue Note negli Stati Uniti, che porta alla pubblicazione di ben 11 dischi. Questi sodalizi valgono a Gonzalo in quello stesso anno (2002) sia un Grammy Latino come Album Jazz dell’anno per Supernova, nonché un Grammy per la co-produzione con Charlie Haden di Nocturne, una raccolta apparsa per Verve di boleri e ballate cubani e messicani. In aggiunta a questi riconoscimenti, Gonzalo vanta al suo attivo 8 nomination ai Grammy, tra cui 4 come Album Jazz dell’anno.

A Roma, come si accennava in apertura, si esibirà da solo, una dimensione a lui particolarmente congeniale, una dimensione in cui a trarre dal suo pianismo le infinite raffinatezze di cui è capace.

Mr Coltrane

Antonio Carlos (Tom) Jobim and Gonzalo at the Piano

Gonzalo Rubalcaba and the Quartet featuring Dave Holand

Gonzalo Rubalcaba Live March 4 2011 EBS Auditorium Miami (Homestead)

Solo Piano Concert celebrating the birth of 5Passion Records and the release of “Fé” .

Afro-Cuban Jazz Artist Yosvany Terry brings rare Arara drums, African music traditions to Harlem: Terry’s Ye-de-gbe project performed on January 12 at Harlem School of the Arts. Latin Beat Magazine – April 1, 2008 Gale Reference Team

Afro-Cuban Jazz Artist Yosvany Terry brings rare Arara drums, African music traditions to Harlem: Terry’s Ye-de-gbe project performed on January 12 at Harlem School of the Arts.
Latin Beat Magazine – April 1, 2008
Gale Reference Team


The Afro-Cuban composer and saxophonist Yosvany Terry brought the music, dance and religious traditions of the West African Arará culture–which traveled with the slaves from the Dahomey (now Benin) region of West Africa to Cuba, Haiti and Brazil hundreds of years ago and was preserved there–to Harlem. Yosvany Terry, with Ye-de-gbe and Afro-Caribbean Legacy, performed The Arará Suite, a new work of world music commissioned by the Stanford Jazz Workshop (SJW), a nonprofit organization dedicated to jazz education and appreciation, at the Harlem School of the Arts as part of its Saturdays at Noon series.

The performance gave a rare opportunity to see and hear Arará drums, and savor the authentic sound of the music, Terry was commissioned to bring to the U.S. what may be the first Arará musical exhibit of its kind to reach North American shores.

Ye-de-gbe means “with the approval of the spirits” in the West African Fon language, and it is the name of Terry’s latest endeavor, a fusion of the Afro-Cuban Arará culture and North American jazz. The music is known for its distinct percussive elements: drumming, hand clapping and body percussion. While the Arará culture continues to thrive in Cuba and throughout the Caribbean, few in the U. S., and particularly in its inner cities, have been exposed to it. Terry is taking measures to keep it alive through The Arará Suite, an exploration of Terry’s West African heritage. The Arará culture and traditions have traveled through the years from West Africa’s Benin (formerly Dahomey) to Cuba, and now to Harlem.

In early September of 2007, Terry traveled from New York City to Matanzas, Cuba, to trace the roots of the Arará musical tradition, originally brought to the island by slaves taken from the Dahomey region in West Africa. There, he studied with Mario Rodríguez Pedroso, a master of and one of the last living drummers initiated in the Arará tradition. He also commissioned a special set of drums needed to perform the music.

Terry (who was born and raised in the Camagüey province of Cuba) realized that he was already familiarized with many of the melodies and rhythms. Growing up, he learned and practiced Vodou rituals with his family. His Haitian grandmother, Basilica León Charles, practices the religion and traces her ancestors to Dahomey. His father, Eladio “Don Pancho” Ferry, a world renowned violinist and Cuba’s leading chekeré player, is also a devout practitioner. It was within this rich cultural and musical family that Yosvany Terry became a bearer of the ancient traditions.

“It is important to preserve the roots and tradition of today’s music and help the new generations understand our cultural heritage,” he said. “We’re finding that while this is new to audiences, they can still recognize the musical traditions that are a part of their history and appreciate how they are expressed in modern music.”

After receiving his first musical training with his father, Yosvany went on to study classical music, graduating from both the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Arte (ENA) and Amadeo Roldan Conservatory. He founded the influential group, Columna B, which represented the new voice of young Cuban jazz players, before immigrating to the U.S. in 1999.

The performance was made possible by a generous grant from the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in the wake of the payola scandals involving major recording and radio broadcasting companies. The fund is designed to benefit and expose New Yorkers to exemplary contemporary music of all genres through music education and appreciation programs.

For more information on Terry, log onto www.stanfordjazz.org/yedegbe or www.yosvanyterry.com.

“Fé” Digital Booklet

For those of you that downloaded the new album from iTunes, here is a digital version of the disc art which will be available at Amazon.com within a few weeks. Thank You!!! and enjoy….

CD “Fé” Digital booklet

April 5, 2012 Wien, Konzerthaus

April 4, 2012 La Chaux de Fonds- L’Heure Bleue Theatre

April 3, 2012 Geneva- Victoria Hall

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