The year 2020 begins in the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium with a new edition of the Jazz Corner, an essential cycle for jazz lovers and a reference for professionals for the quality of the artists who go on stage Jerónimo Saavedra. This new edition includes monthly concert dates between January and June. The musicians and groups that will be on stage this semester are Tana Santana Sextet, Quiana Lynell and the Perinké Big Band, Deborah J. Carter, Sumrrá, Atom String Quartet, and Hugo Fattoruso and Barrio Opa.
The Alfredo Kraus Auditorium makes available to the public a series of bonuses with competitive advantages with respect to the individual price since the price for the subscription of 4 concerts has a single price of 50 euros, 60 euros for the payment of 5 concerts and 75 euros for the payment for all six concerts.
The first concert will take place next Saturday, January 11 at 9:00 p.m. and will have canary accent. The bassist Tana Santana inaugurates this edition with his most personal project accompanied by Chago Miranda (guitar), Xerach Peñate (drums), José Alberto Medina (piano), José Vera (tenor saxophone) and Roberto Nieva (alto saxophone). Santana, licensed in electric bass and double bass by the prestigious Higher School of Music of the Basque Country Musikene, is a musician with extensive professional experience that includes the recording of international albums and tours with some of the most relevant names in Spanish jazz. In addition to his activity as a session musician, he is the leader of his own sextet with which he has published two recordings: Another thing (2013) and The art of man (2015). In his repertoire jazz is nourished by other styles such as rock, the funk, Latin music and even Canarian folklore, without abandoning the improvisation and interaction as indispensable elements to show us in their performances a lively music in constant evolution that makes no concert the same as the previous one.
In February, it is the turn of the voice of the American Quiana Lynell and the Perinké Big Band in a double concert, the days February 7 and 8. Under the title of Sings to New Orleans, Quiana is impregnated with the roots of jazz, the blues, the dixie, ragtime, the gospel to pay tribute to a city in which music is part of its idiosyncrasy. Continuing this tradition, in Quiana Lynell's voice all these rhythms blend elegantly in a surprising way; the same voice that in 2017 led her to win the Sarah Vaughan Modern Singing Contest, the most important in the world for singers of these characteristics. With her, on the stage the Perinké Big Band, the Canarian band directed by Ximo Martínez that, since its foundation in 2005, has been consolidated as one of the reference formations of the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. With many concerts behind him and collaborations with national and international artists, they repeat the format of the last edition in which they were with the American Aubrey Logan, in what was a memorable concert.
Perinké Big Band video
The third date will take place on March 14 with Deborah J. Carter and his jazz tribute to Beatles. This American singer and songwriter, raised between Hawaii and Japan, has a very personal style when interpreting contemporary jazz. Recently, Music Maker magazine has described her as "a top-class artist, one of the most exciting jazz vocalists of the current European scene" (lives in Amsterdam). His passion for music covers numerous fields, not only as a singer, songwriter and arranger but also as a teacher, so he usually teaches jazz seminars all over the world. In Spain it is well known as it lived seasons in our country, during which time I collaborate? in the works of Max Sunyer, Joan Bibiloni, Carles Benavent and Salvador Niebla. He continues to teach seminars at the Musikene in San Sebastian.
The April 4, the Sala Jerónimo Saavedra will host the concert of Sumrrá, one of the most interesting trios of the national jazz scene. After nineteen years together, six albums released and hundreds of concerts, Sumrrá is a reference of contemporary jazz. Formed by pianist Manuel Gutierrez, double bass player Xacobe Martínez Antelo and drummer L.A.R. Read, the group quitted since its inception in 2000, to critics and audiences for its unclassifiable jazz, melodic and very open, which highlights the originality of his compositions, the quality of its members and the freshness of their live. In their concerts they present a really own and characteristic sound, full of strength and drama, accompanied by large doses of technique, lyricism, swing and even humor.
The fifth date of the Jazz Corner will arrive on May 2 with Atom String Quartet, one of the most intriguing string quartets in the world, and also one of the best jazz bands polish. The group combines the capabilities of a string quartet (two violins, viola and cello) with improvisation in its broadest sense. This set of instruments of a chamber music set, which is the most classical and firmly established in the musical tradition, allows Dawid Lubowicz, Mateusz Smoczy? Ski, Micha? Zaborski and Krzysztof Lenczowski look for new sounds and formal achievements. With a solid musical background, after graduating from the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and winning the 13th in 2011 Jazz Festival Bielska Zadymka, the band regularly participates in the best music festivals in the world. His musical production, in addition to jazz, shows sources of inspiration from the folk Polish, music from various regions of the world and also contemporary and classical music.
And closing this first half of the year, we arrived at Hugo Fattoruso and Barrio Opa. The well-known composer, arranger, singer and instrumentalist of origin Uruguayan, Hugo Fattoruso, recently awarded a Latin Grammy to musical excellence, visit the Jazz Corner to present his new work, in which he naturally develops the original sound of Opa, the legendary band of the 70s. All part of the prestigious British label Far Out Recordings that in early 2018 moved to Uruguay to record a new album with this legend of fusion music, in which it mixes Afro-Uruguayan rhythms, jazz and funk.
Jazz has been, for 16 years, one of the permanent and unavoidable events in the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium program. One of the great attractions of the Jazz Corner is the layout of the room, since the traditional armchairs are replaced in silver by tables and chairs that turn the Jerónimo Saavedra room into a true jazz club. As usual, the quality of the artists who come up every year on the stage of the Jazz Corner, makes this cycle a meeting point for all jazz lovers and a reference for professionals.
Tickets and bonuses for these concerts can be purchased at the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium ticket office, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and the Theater Pérez Galdós, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and until a few minutes before the show starts at the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium; as well as on the websites www.auditorio-alfredokraus.com and www.teatroperezgaldos.es.