The Gran Canaria Big Band celebrates its 25th anniversary with a special concert

The Gran Canaria Big Band celebrates its 25th anniversary with a special concert

The Gran Canaria Big Band has been on stage since 1997. / C7

He will play on October 1, at the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, along with Paquito D'Rivera, Santiago Auserón, Sole Giménez and Germán López, among other guests

Victoriano Suarez Alamo

It is not every day that a top-level musical formation manages to be active for 25 years.
The Gran Canaria Big Band knows it and that is why it is going to celebrate its first quarter of a century of existence on stage with a very special evening, the next
October 1, starting at 8:00 p.m., in the Symphony Hall of the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium.

The legendary clarinettist and saxophonist
Paquito D'Rivera heads a selection of guest artists including the singer
Sole Giménez, Santiago Auserón, Virginia Guantanamera, Fasur Rodríguez, Esther Alfonso Da Costa and the Gran Canaria timplista Germán López.

During this evening, the formation that
began its journey in 1997at the initiative of several professors from the Canary Islands Superior Conservatory of Music and the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Professional Conservatory of Music, celebrates this anniversary with a selection of
artists international, national and local that have participated
previously in specific projects of this band.

A legend

The training that
directs the grancanarian trumpeter
Sebastian Gil starred alongside
Paquito D'Rivera and the pianist Pepe Riveroalso of Cuban origin, the already traditional Christmas delivery in the
Cuyás Theater in 2018with all seats sold for both nights.

Paquito D'Rivera. /


D'Rivera, winner of a fortnight of Grammy awards -including one for 'History of the Soldier', produced by Dania Dévora from Gran Canaria-, was a founding member of the innovative music group Irakere and the United Nations Orchestra. He often leads ensembles such as the Chamber Jazz Ensemble, the Paquito D'Rivera Big Band and the Paquito D'Rivera Quintet.

Sole Giménez and Sebastián Gil, when they presented the concert at the Cuyás Theater in 2013. /


Sole Gimenez was the protagonist of the fifth Christmas installment of the Gran Canaria Big Band at the Cuyás Theater,
in 2013. The former singer of Presuntos Implicados for 23 years starred in an evening with jazz and Latin overtones, in which the direction was carried out by
Francisco Blanco 'Latino'.

'Travesía', with Auserón

June of this 2022 saw the light 'Travesía'the musical project with which the paths of
Santiago Auseronleader of the extinct band Radio Futura, and the Gran Canaria Big Band.

With the musical direction of David Pastor and the artistic direction of Sebastián Gil,
Saint John's Square from the Gran Canaria municipality of Arucas hosted an evening in which the island group and the Madrid singer-songwriter demonstrated a great connection when dealing with a novel version of the main hits of an artist who never stops reinventing himself.

Timmplista Germán López. /


'Imagining folios' It was a before and after in the trajectory of the Gran Canaria timplista
German Lopez. In the Symphony Hall of the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, he starred in this concert in 2021 with a series of arrangements for big band of several of his songs and by José Antonio Ramos.

The paths of this band and Germán López had already crossed before, within the cycle
'Author Arrangements', sponsored by the SGAE Foundation. In September 2018, the Guiniguada Theater in the capital of Gran Canaria hosted a concert in which the public was able to enjoy how the sound of its timple adjusted to that generated by the Big Band led by Sebastián Gil.

The singers

Virginia Guantanamerathe Gran Canaria Big Band traveled back in time to the 1950s. Together with this singer, with whom they will share the stage again on the special evening on October 1, they starred in the concert tour entitled
'A walk through Havana'. In them they evoked the musical effervescence of the Paladium in New York, which was decisive in bringing jazz closer to Latin sounds.

Fasur Rodriguez and Esther Alfonso, for their part, gave voice to
Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgeraldrespectively, in the tribute concerts to both artists who premiered at the Cuyás and toured with the Gran Canaria Big Band through different enclaves of the islands.

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