Local vocalist and composer Eliana Cuevas is joined by the virtuosic Venezuelan guitar and cuatro player Aquiles Báez with his trio direct from Caracas. Don’t miss this extremely rare opportunity to hear traditional Venezuelan rhythms in Toronto. The night kicks off with a set by Toronto-based Brazilian guitarist Wagner Petrilli.
- Venue: Lula Lounge Toronto
- Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016
- Doors Open: 6:00PM
- Show Starts: 7:30PM
- Admission: $15 advance $20 at the door Buy Advance Tickets Here!
- Presented By: Co-Presented with Lula Music and Arts Centre
- Introduction by bassist, composer, producer Roberto Occhipinti
Following up on the success of his debut solo CD Confissão, Brazilian guitarist Wagner Petrilli was nominated for a 2015 Canadian Folk Award. Having studied with masters such as Filo Machado, Helio Delmiro and Celso Machado, Petrilli has been a central figure in the Brazilian music scene in Toronto for the past 18 years.
With four full-length albums and numerous national and international tours to her credit, Eliana Cuevas has grown into an accomplished singer-songwriter and bandleader with unlimited colours in her compositional and lyrical palette. Eliana has performed and recorded with JUNO Award-winning artists Jane Bunnett, Jesse Cooke and Alex Cuba.
Aquiles Báez Trio – direct from Venuezuela
Internationally-renowned Venezuelan guitar and cuatro master and Aquiles Báez brings his traditional and jazz fusion trio to Toronto for the first time. With seventeen albums to his credit, the outstanding composer and performer has recorded and performed with Paquito D’ Rivera, Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, Aquiles Machado, Romero Lubambo and Richard Bona. Winner of the prestigious William Leavitt Award from Berklee College where he serves as a faculty member, Báez was featured in the music documentary Calle 54.
Now in its eleventh year, the annual Lulaworld festival brings together Toronto’s finest world, jazz and Latin musicians presenting their latest compositions and projects and collaborating with celebrated international guests.
The festival will include a day of free outdoor programming as part of Dundas West Fest on June 11. Lulworld 2016 includes CD releases, more than a dozen international guests, free concerts, family workshops and a huge Brazilian parade that YOU can be part of!
Presented by Lula Music and Arts Centre the 2016 Lulaworld festival will highlight the incredible breadth and calibre of the Toronto world and Latin music scenes. LMAC would like to thank our funders, partners and sponsors for all their support.
Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band to release new recording: “Vox Humana”
Celebrating 25 years! The multi-Grammy nominated Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band is set to release their new recording: “Vox Humana” featuring vocalists Janis Siegel, Antoinette Montague, Jennifer Jade Ledesna.
Recorded Live at Dizzy’s Club Cola in NYC
Release Date: Spring 2023
Record Label: Jazzheads
New York – January 18th – On the heels of their Grammy nominated and 2019 Jazz Journalists Association Album of the Year Award winning critically acclaimed masterwork, West Side Story Reimagined, and in celebration of their 25th anniversary – drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, Bobby Sanabria and his Multiverse Big Band return with their most ambitious work to date, VOX HUMANA.
Bobby states, “Over the course of our many Grammy nominated albums we’ve occasionally featured tracks with vocals. But I’ve always envisioned doing an entire vocal album framed by the Multiverse Big Band. Now with three of today’s greatest contemporary singing talents – multi-Grammy award winner Janis Siegel from the Manhattan Transfer, blues and jazz Queen Antoinette Montague, and the multilingual powerhouse, Jennifer Jade Ledesna, today that vision has finally become a reality.
The individually distinct voices that Janis, Antoinette, and Jennifer possess make them each unique. But the X factor they all have is they are all masterful improvisors in the best sense of the jazz tradition. Added to the mix is our great conguero, Oreste Abrantes, who also sings lead on two tracks. Having that multi- dimensional vocal talent framed by the power, nuance, and tonal variety that only a big band can provide, combined with the repertoire I’ve chosen to showcase them and the band and the incredible variety of Afro- Latin, straight ahead swing, funk, R&B, and rock rhythmic vocabulary that we are masters of and readily have at our disposal in the Multiverse, I believe VOX HUMANA will prove to be our greatest achievement.
That repertoire has a personal meaning to me as I see VOX HUMANA as a biographical work. I’m a product of my environment. I’m a Nuyorican, a person of Puerto Rican descent growing up in New York City. In my case the South Bronx during a time period when pop, jazz, R&B, rock, funk, and Latin music of all kinds all co-existed as equals. It was the last era when the big bands of masters like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Machito, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Don Ellis, and more were in the public eye, and they became my heroes. Vocalists who could deliver a message with subtlety, nuance, and when needed, power, were called upon to deliver poetry crafted by genius song writers. You’ll hear all that and more through the soaring vocals and improv talents of Janis, Antoinette, and Jennifer, along with Oreste, as well as the incredible jazz-oriented arrangements and exciting Pan Afro-Latin rhythms played by a big band that literally takes no prisoners when it hits the stage.”
The repertoire Bobby speaks of includes 1 original and 12 unique re-workings of pop hits like Spooky, Christine Aguilera’s Genie In a Bottle, and Steely Dan’s Do It Again; NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri’s, Mi Congo and Puerto Rico along with the island’s greatest composer, Rafael Hernandez’s, Capullito De Aleli; the classic Joe Cuba R&B bolero, To Be With You; Brazilian standards Partido Alto and Amazonas; and from the world of Broadway theater, I Love You Porgy, and the iconic jump blues, Let The Good Times Roll. The CD also includes an original message bearing piece, Who Taught You That, as well as what may possibly be the most exciting interpretation of the Ellington associated classic, Caravan, and that has ever been recorded.
Adding to the excitement of the performance, VOX HUMANA was recorded in front of a live audience. Bobby states, “As with our previous work, we recorded VOX HUMANA live at NYC’s Dizzy’s Club Coca – Cola. My musicians represent NYC’s finest. That means they’re the greatest in the world. The added level of excitement created by the audience inspired us in the MULTIVERSE Big Band to a heightened new level of performance virtuosity that listeners will hear explode out of the speakers just as the audience at Dizzy’s experienced in person.”
The history of the Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band is indeed one based on his rich multi-cultural heritage as a Nuyorican growing up in New York City’s South Bronx. His concept of having a big band that has no genre boundaries with limitless possibilities was forged 25 years ago back in 1998. It has yielded a series of groundbreaking, critically acclaimed albums that have all been Grammy-nominated with the band thrilling audiences worldwide at venues like the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The Ravinia Festival, Verona Jazz Festival in Europe, and more.
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