One more year, the Gran Canaria Big Band hang the 'all sold' poster for your Christmas concerts in the Cuyás Theater, that this time will take place on Friday and Saturday with the winner of a fortnight of Grammy awards and living legend of jazz and Latin music Paquito D'Rivera, announced the director of the training, Sebastián Gil, during a press conference with his guest artist and the director of the venue, Gonzalo Ubani.
Composer, saxophonist, clarinetist and pianist, D'Rivera was a founding member of the innovative musical ensemble Irakere and the United Nations Orchestra, and leads world-renowned ensembles such as the Chamber Jazz Ensemble, the Paquito D'Rivera Big Band and the Paquito D 'Rivera Quintet.
With the scenic direction of Mario Vega and sponsorship of the Global transport company, the artist will perform with the pianist Pepe Rivero, also of Cuban origin, and the Gran Canaria Big Band, where he will be the tenth Christmas concert of the band at the theater of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria. In previous years, the formation invited Cuyás to artists of the stature of Cristina Ramos, who has just been proclaimed in Mexico winner of the contest The voice, Sole Giménez (Presumed involved), Thais Morell or Virginia Guantamera, among others.
In addition, on Saturday morning, the musician and his pianist will offer a master class in the auditorium of the Conservatory of Music of the Canary Islands at its headquarters in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (C / Manindra, 1). Those interested can register in this training action through the website of the center: www.consmucan.es. Some 100 people have already enrolled in this initiative, which will take place from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and is sponsored by the Foundation for the Performing Arts and Music of Gran Canaria, which manages Cuyás.
All in all, the Gran Canaria Big Band is a grouping structurally and musically based on the classic format of the legendary American big bands. At present, it is integrated by a score of musicians (the originals had eight or nine, and more than 15 in the 70s). In particular, it has five saxophones (two altos, two tenors and a baritone), which double flutes and clarinet; four trumpets, which make it to fiscornos or trumpets, among other instruments; four trombones (three tenors and one bass) and rhythmic base (piano, double bass, guitar, drums and percussion), which bends keyboards, electric bass, sheet instruments or various guitars.
Directed by Sebastián Gil, was born in 1997 at the initiative of several professors of the Conservatory of Music of the Canary Islands and the Professional Conservatory of Music of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with a double objective: to improve and enrich the pedagogical-musical offer of the Archipelago, on the one hand, and to disseminate jazz in a format that attracts the general public, on the other.