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Barquisimeto International JazzFest 2013



Venezuela will host another edition of the Barquisimeto International Jazz Festival. The city of Barquisimeto, province of Lara, will celebrate the eighth edition of this prestigious festival.

Report by Oscar Montagut

In the first week of September, Venezuela will enjoy one of the most well known festivals in their country, Barquisimeto International Jazz Festival 2013. The foundation, which has the same name as the festival, will offer concerts, jam sessions, jazz cinema, lectures, photographic shows, formal classes, and bursaries.

Deborah CarterJazz Gala

September 7th, 7 p.m. Teatro Juarez.

The Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda will kick off this gala with his unquestionable talent, playing and improvising with his unconventional jazz instrument. He will be accompanied by the Venezuelan musicians Jorge Glem (cuatro) and Diego Álvarez “El Negro” (percussion and cajón).

This time festival fans will enjoy the presence of the American singer Deborah Carter, considered one of the exciting artists on the jazz scene. For this concert, Mrs. Carter will be accompanied by the Holland bass player Mark Willen Zandveld and the two Spanish musicians José Carra (piano) and Ramón Prats (drums). Before Carter’s performance, a wonderful trio will be playing on the same stage, this trio is composed of the same Carra and Prats and the bass player Dee Jay Foster.

Concerts in Martini’s

September 6, 9:00 pm

The festival’s audience will have the opportunity to listen to Gerry Weil, one of the most prominent jazz musicians of Venezuela. He will play with Gonzalo Teppa, (double bass) and Carlos “Nene” Quintero (percussion).

September 7, 9:00 pm

Mano a Mano Trio, a band of conservatory teachers, will play a vibrant repertoire of traditional Brazilian musicians. Sergio Albach (clarinet), Glauco Solter (bass) and Vina Lacerda (percussion) are ready to express musical lines of Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti,Tom Jobim, Edu Lobo, Djavan, Pixinguinha among others.

These are only some of the great activities Venezuelans and visitors can enjoy in the Barquisimeto International Jazz Festival. If you want more information about this festival, go to:

Oscar graduated in journalism and education in Colombia, and completed a postgraduate program in Creative Writing in Canada. He works as an English teacher, translator and freelance writer in Bogotá. Oscar is a music collector, explorer and promoter of World Music and Jazz.

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