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David Virelles: Gnosis Featuring Román Díaz



David Virelles

The Music Gallery, Arraymusic and Lula Music & Arts present
David Virelles: Gnosis featuring Román Díaz
Futuristic Afro-Cuban Chamber Music

Friday & Saturday November 27-28
 7pm | Concert: 8pm
The Music Gallery, 197 John St.
Tickets: $30 Regular | $20 members | $15 students | $25 Advance at

Gnosis is a must-see event; a unique artistic experience from one of the foremost innovators in jazz today.

ECM recording artist and former Torontonian David Virelles takes Cuban music places it’s never been. He is capable of tropically intense polyrhythms and irregular but internally logical phrasing, which befits an artist who came to jazz through Thelonious Monk, Andrew Hill, and Bud Powell. Since moving to New York about 5 years ago, David has worked with Henry Threadgill, Andrew Cyrille, and many more.

Virelles specifically sought out the Music Gallery to produce the World Premiere of his large scale composition entitled Gnosis. We are partnering with Arraymusic and Lula Music and Arts to bring this incredible music to the concert hall.

Roman DiazThis work marks the very first time that Abakuá drums have ever been used in a chamber setting. Virelles incorporates percussive vocabulary with chamber instrumentation of the Array Ensemble and a kaleidoscope of orchestral and folkloric percussion, featuring master drummer Román Díaz and local luminaries Jorge Luis Papiosco, Reimundo Sosa, Magdelys Sav and Amhed Mitchel. Accompanied and augmented by visual elements, this will be a seismic event for creative music in Canada in 2015.

As a bonus, David will invoke the spirits at the beginning each evening with a set of solo piano drawn from his Èfé project (Doce Piezas Cubanas para Piano).

Personnel: David Virelles – piano; Román Diaz – percussion; Colleen Cook – clarinet; Dianne Aitken – flute; Lydia Munchinsky – cello; Cheryl Ockrant  – cello; David Schotzko – percussion; Blair Mackay – percussion; Jorge Luis Papiosco – percussion; Reimundo Sosa – percussion; Magdelys Sav – percussion; Amhed Mitchel – percussion.
Rick Sacks – conductor.

Latin Jazz Network is a project dedicated to the advancement of Latin jazz and its creators. Since 2000 LJN has been spreading the word about this wonderful music known under the umbrella term: LATIN JAZZ.

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