Dayramir González Launches the Official Van Van Project
Piano Phenom Dayramir González
Launching the Official Van Van Project
Friday, December 3 2021, 6pm
Venue: Ideal Glass Studios
9 W. 8th St. New York, NY10001
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Ideal Glass Studios was, and still is, a place for all to transcend the norm and exist in a space where alternative modes of thought and expression are encouraged and celebrated. The Presentation will include 5-6 songs of the Concert, a Q&A followed by a short piano solo set. Doors Open at 6pm.
About the Project: Tribute to Juan Formell & Los Van Van
“I have completed a fantastic project released this month (November 2021) called Dayramir González Tribute to Juan Formell & Los Van Van, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the creation of the band. Juan Formell & Los Van Van are considered “the Rolling Stones of Cuba,” a legendary Cuban band no doubt.”
— Dayramir González
DVD recorded on January 14th, 2020 as the opening concert of the Havana Jazz Festival. Studio CD recorded in Abdala Studios in Havana, November 25-December 2nd, 2020. Release date: November 20, 2021 on label Producciones Abdala.
Dayramir González’s Vision
“Immersing myself in the music of Juan Formell has been one of the great challenges of my career. Not only because of his musical legacy but also because of what he represents for many a generation of Cubans. An impressive social chronicle extending over 50 years.
Choosing the repertoire was hard, what shall I write? What he created is already so balanced, danceable, I was in doubt what to do. But I knew that I wanted to approach his music from my various internal creative facets: as a composer, arranger and orchestrator as well as presenting my various musical pallets; ranging from my Big Band influences, my European classical music, the Cuban traditional sound of Cha Cha, Danzón, Guaracha and my Afro-Cuban jazz.
This project is a Tribute to Juan Formell but it goes far beyond that. It’s a tribute to a global and historical trajectory of Cuban music: from Bach to Ignacio Cervantes, to Chucho Valdés and Irakere, from Duke Ellington and Benny Moré to Juan Formell.”
Musicians on stage
Rhythm section: Piano, bass, drums, Congas (4)
Brass section: Flute, 2 trumpets, alto sax, tenor sax, trombone (6)
String sections: String chamber orchestra (20)
Back vocals: 3 Coros
Guest singers: Mayito Rivera, Alain Pérez, Haila Mompié, Brenda Navarrete.
Cuban jazz pianist, Composer and Music Visionary
Dayramir & Habana enTRANCE founder
2013 Wayne Shorter Award-Winner
2010 Berklee College of Music Presidential Scholar
SGAE songwriter and composer since 2007
Source: Scott Thompson PR