In an event held today at Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse in the Rose Building at Lincoln Center,Melissa Aldana (as well as the classical ensemble JACK Quartet) was given the prestigious Martin E. Segal Award, named after the former chairman of Lincoln Center who passed away 2 years ago
The event was held as a luncheon and featured short speeches as well as about 10 minutes of performances from each of the recipients. Melissa Aldana played 2 unaccompanied solo pieces – a version of “Ask Me Now” and a version of “But Not For Me”.
Aside from Martin E. Segal’s children, and a number of other dignitaries, the event was also attended by the Chilean General Consul Julio Fiol and his wife Fernanda.
In order to attend the award event Melissa had to fly back from touring in Italy yesterday, and went straight to the airport after the award event to continue the tour. Tomorrow evening she will play Casa del Jazz in Rome with Crash Trio.
The award is in addition to that obtained Aldana 2013, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the world's most prestigious awards to young jazz musicians. The Martin E. Segal Award recognizes nyevos talents of contemporary music and is composed of US7.500. Chile shares the prize with the Jack Quartet string ensemble.
Some of the previous winners of the prize has been awarded since 1987, cellist Alisa Weilerstein are, choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and conductor Xian Zhang.
Aldana is about to release his new album, Melissa Aldana Trio & The Crash, the plate engraved by the prize won by the Thelonious Monk Institute. The presentation will be in June in New York and will be under the label Concord Records. Crash Trio is further formed by Chilean Pablo Menares in contrabjo and Cuban drummer Francisco Mela.
We now enjoy a presentation of Miss Aldana at Berklee College, the most recognized school of music in the world, and that we saw grow musically.
¡¡Amor y Jazz!!