Within the demanding and extensive programming scheduled by the Kennedy Center Arts, located in the capital of the United States, its Artistic Director for Jazz, the famous jazzman Jason Moran, has included for this October 25, 2018 at 6 o'clock in the afternoon multi-percussionist and composer Fran Vielma and his Venzuelan Jazz Collective, at the Milleniun Stage with free admision. Excellent opportunity for Vielma and his Collective to present their newly released album "Tendencias" and attendees enjoy the contagious and cheerful Venezuelan jazz.
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Since his initial appointment, Mr. Moran has worked closely with the Center's staff to expand the breadth of its jazz programming. He established the Center's less conventional Crossroads Club, currently starting its third season, which has hosted acts such as Roy Hargrove's RH Factor and Mr. Moran's own Fats Waller Dance Party. A Blue Note Records recording artist, he also hosted the Kennedy Center's Blue Note at 75, a celebration in May 2014 of the iconic record label's diamond anniversary. Now beginning its third season, Mr. Moran's "Jason Select Series" includes artists who were deeply influential to the modern jazz movement of the ‘50s, ‘60s, and beyond, including the great Anthony Braxton and Dr. Lonnie Smith.
Venezuelan Jazz Collective led by Vielma (multi-percussionist, composer) is composed of notable musicians: Santiago Bosch (piano, keys); Peter Slalov (acoustic bass); Pablo Bencid (drums); Phil Grenadier (trumpet); Angel Subero (trombone) and Roman Filiu (alto sax), who in clear sintonia will give brilliance to the concert, taking everyone to a beautiful evening of wonderful Latin Jazz, creative fusion and improvisation.
"Venezuelan Jazz is continuously developed thanks to the talent of its musicians,
Fran Vielma and its sidemen are values that will continue to give satisfaction and enjoyment.
"Tendencias" is an exquisite tropical musical fruit" - Luis Raul Montell, Jazz Caribe
Tracks: 1.- Monk en Aragua; 2.- Cereal de Bobures; 3.- Tendencias; 4.- Pasaje del Olvido; 5.- Minanguero; 6.- Mis Dos Luces; 7.- Hubbardesque; 8.- A Modo Patanemeño; 9.- Ehlba; 10.- Miel de Cayena
Musicians: Fran Vielma (multi-percussionist: venezuelan maracas, cumacos, fulias, clarin, tamborito y mina, djembe, cajon) ); Michael Rodriguez (trumpet); Miguel Zenon (alto sax); Angel Subero (trombone); Luis Perdomo, Cesar Orozco (piano, fender rhodes); Pablo Bencid (drums); Roberto Koch (double bass); Manolo Mairena, Jeremy Bosch (vocals)
Vielma envisioned to feature in his compositions and arrangements probably one of the strongest Venezuelan rhythmic section ever gathered with him on multi-percussion.
The album represents a small portion of the vast and little-known compendium of traditional musical languages of Venezuela blended with jazz traditions and concert music elements. Very composition references a place, an artist, a remembrance from Venezuela. In each piece you will find reasons to reconnect Africa, Europe and the New World.
For example, Trends, the title of the album, turns the helm of the boat onto the central and eastern coasts of Venezuela embracing styles like sangueo, oriental joropo, and golpe de patanemo, which are combined with a few aesthetic nuances drawn from one of the most influential icons of contemporary music: John Coltrane
Bringing these Latin Jazz superstars together is not easy, as each of them has their own bands and personal commitments. "Trends" is a production guaranteed by the original compositions of Fran Vielma and the performers of them, each one of them artifices of their instruments.
The Puerto Rican Miguel Zenon is an indisputable reference of his musical quality with his quartet, which includes the pianist Luis Perdomo, who also leads his own band and is one of the most requested in the city of New York.
Michael Rodriguez is a trumpet titan and with his brothers he works on recordings. His most recent CD "Impromptu" is a jewel.
Pablo Bencid was the drummer of the famous Australian group of Contemporary Jazz Albare.
Cesar Orozco is the leader of Kamarata Jazz, fully identified with Criollo (Creole) Jazz.
Angel Subero and Roberto Koch are renewed in their musical careers.
Born in Venezuela, Francisco (Fran) Vielma is a multipercussionist with an extensive knowledge of Caribbean, Venezuelan, and Southamerican rhythms and drums. In addition to being an in demand performer, Fran is also a composer, arranger, and educator. In his compositions, I have jazz elements and concert music with the rhythms of his homeland.
He has received multiple awards and honors, and his first album "Unexpected" was part of a catalog for the record label Cacao Music along with productions of international artists such as Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Jose Luis Quintana "Changuito," Bolivar Soloist , Orlando Poleo, and Negroni's trio among others.
Fran Vielma's recent release Trends with his Venezuelan Jazz Collective performances some of the most important players of jazz scene in the world such Luis Perdomo, Michael Rodriguez, and Miguel Zenón. He also leads the Venezuelan Jazz Orchestra, the Hidden Treasure Percussion Trio, and is a producer / teacher of a jazz seminar at The Andes University in his home country.
His versatility as a percussionist, arranger, and orchestrator of different genres from Caribbean and Afro-Venezuelan to Jazz, world, and concert music has been involved in recording projects, tours, and festivals with renowned musicians in Venezuela, Mexico, South Korea, United States, Panama, and Australia.
He has taught music seminars, lectures, and master classes in the US at Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, and Salem State University, in Venezuela at The Andes University and Caracas Jazz Workshop, and most recently at Danilo Perez Foundation Panama Jazz Festival.
Vielma holds M.M. in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory, and a B.M. in Performace & Theory of Jazz from Berklee College of Music, two among the top ten best music institutions of the world. He is an adjunct faculty of World Music at Salem State University's Music Department in MA, which keeps him on continuous research about the musical cultures of the world. He is an active member of César Orozco & Kamarata Jazz, as well as Eguie Castrillo's Orchestra.
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