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Armenian Culture Meets Dominican Spirit for a Knock-out Folk Jazz Project

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Ara Arakelyan

Dear friends,

I’m so excited to announce, that after such a long break, Armenian music continues its adventure through different cultures and centuries in multicultural Toronto.

While restarting this exciting journey, we thought that it’s worthwhile to have a throwback to the roots of this project and redo the first ever musical fusion with the title “Armenia meets…”

Armenia meets Dominicana
Friday, September 2, 2022 – 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
Armenian Youth Centre, 50 Hallcrown Place, Toronto, ON M2J 1P6
Tickets at Eventbrite CA$45 – CA$65

Music expresses the emotions, culture and ideas of the nation, and Armenian music is no exception. With rich history that spans folk, religious, pop, classical and everything in between, Armenian music expresses the temperament, happiness, sorrow, wanderings and dreams of its people. However, Armenian music isn’t only felt and understood by Armenians. Over the centuries, more and more nations and countries around the world have listened to, admired and adapted this music. It has proven to be universal language of communication of the myriad of emotions.

Jazz often combines musical elements from various cultures, genres, and time periods, to create new, rich and diverse sounds. We are on our own journey of exploration of the world of cultures through music. This time, our journey brought us back to the warm, rhythmic and inviting Dominicana!

So, On September 2nd, at the Armenian Youth Centre “Armenia meets Dominicana” will make its come back with a brand new repertoire, new band members as well as some of our most favorite pieces from previous projects of “Armenia meets…”

Join us for this exciting Folk-Jazz cultural reunion, filled with elements of Latin and Funk music, and together we’ll explore what happens, when “Armenia meets Dominicana.”

Ara Arakelyan

Armenia meets Dominicana
Armenia meets Dominicana

Founder, Editor, Webmaster: Latin Jazz Network, World Music Report, That Canadian Magazine. A passionate and committed communicator with a sensibility for the arts based in Toronto, Canada.

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Dizzy, Chano and Chico – The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall

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Dizzy, Chano and Chico — The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall

[New York] – The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance & The Town Hall Present: Dizzy, Chano and Chico — The Original Influencers — 75 Years Later at Town Hall. A celebration of the monumental moments when jazz met the rhythms of Cuba and changed the face of modern music forever. In 1947, legends Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo composed “Manteca” — one of the earliest foundational compositions of Afro-Cuban jazz and among Gillespie’s most famous recordings. In December ’47, Dizzy and Chano performed it live at the famed Town Hall in New York City. Consecutively, composer Chico O’Farrill’s masterpiece “Afro Cuban Jazz Suite” brought together bandleader Machito with O’Farrill and Charlie Parker, among others. O’Farrill’s work to meld modern jazz with Cuban big band continued with his collaboration with Dizzy on “The Manteca Suite.” ALJA and Town Hall celebrate Dizzy, Chano and Chico for their groundbreaking introduction of Latin music influences in jazz.

Dizzy, Chano and Chico - The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall
Dizzy, Chano and Chico – The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall

On January 14, 2023 at Town Hall, the continuum pushes forward 75 years later with the next generation of performers keeping Afro Cuban/Afro Latin jazz alive and well. Multi-GRAMMY Award-winning Arturo O’Farrill and his 18-piece Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra revisit the acclaimed compositions “Manteca,” “The Manteca Suite,” and  “Afro Cuban Jazz Suite” as well as new compositions, arrangements and recent works with some of today’s most distinguished Latin jazz artists. Featured guests include “Superstar of Afro Cuban Percussion” Pedrito Martinez, NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Big Chief Donald Harrison, Cuban vocalist Daymé Arocena, trumpeter Jon Faddis, as well as emerging talents trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, percussionist Jacquelene Acevedo, and singer/composer Melvis Santa.

This event is part of the on-going centennial celebrations of both Chico O’Farrill and the Town Hall.

Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Dizzy, Chano and Chico – The Original Influencers – 75 Years Later at Town Hall

Featuring: Pedrito Martinez, Big Chief Donald Harrison, Jon Faddis, Daymé Arocena

With: Adam O’Farrill, Jacquelene Acevedo, Melvis Santa

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