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Alfredo Rodriguez

London Klezmer Quintet

22/01/2017 Alfredo Rodriguez Announces Debut Australian Tour


"The astonishing 28-year-old Cuban-born piano virtuoso — discovered and mentored by Quincy Jones — has drawn comparisons to such pinnacles of jazz pianism as Art Tatum, Bill Evans, and Keith Jarrett.”– The Boston Globe

“...A pianist so intense, so beautiful and so emotive you never, ever want the music to stop...amazing improvisational skills and beautiful artistic soul.”– Savvant Music

“Alfredo Rodriguez has managed to capture attention in the world of jazz, due to his contemporary arrangements, his original style and personal sound, all of which is reflected in his new album that combines classical pieces of Cuban and Latin American traditional music and modern jazz trends.”


 “…Rodriguez, a talented young Cuban pianist, is known for his riveting, virtuosic fusion of Latin music, classical, and jazz - an extraordinarily inventive sound.”– M Live
Grammy® nominated artist, Alfredo Rodríguez , reflects the talents of legendary jazz pianists Keith Jarrett, Thelonious Monk, and Art Tatum. Schooled in the rigorous classical conservatories of Havana, Rodríguez’s riveting artistry is informed as much by Bach and Stravinsky as it is by his Cuban and jazz roots. He will descend on Australia for his first ever live dates this March, playing a stunning solo show at Sydney’sThe BasementonSunday 12thMarchand Melbourne’sBird’s Basementfor three consecutive nights onTuesday14th, Wednesday 15thandThursday 16 thMarch. Tickets are on sale now.
Discovered at the 06 Montreux Jazz Festival byQuincy Jones, Cuban-born Alfredo Rodríguez has distinguished himself as the definition of jazz and improvisation without boundaries. He is the man behind the piano with fingers that seem to travel from one end of the world to the other, just within the span of the keys; his mastery of the art has earned him frequent appearances on prestigious stages around the world such as the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Jazz in Marciac, Umbria Jazz and Jazz A Vienne. Additionally, Rodríguez was nominated for a 2015 Grammy® in the category of Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella for the track “Guantanamera” from his 2014 release,The Invasion Parade.
Watch the video for ‘The Invasion Parade’ here .
During his first tour in China, Rodríguez was asked to work with Tan Dun, Siedah
 Garrett and Quincy Jones to compose the English-version of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo theme song, granting him to become the first non-Chinese artist to be bestowed this honor. Though impressive, his accomplishments are not the only defining factors of his standout success; his ability to express himself culturally by “playing stories” on the keys places him in a unique position to connect with his listeners on a more relatable and personal level. As demonstrated by theInvasion Parade, the follow-up album to his stunning debut on Mack Avenue,Sounds of Space, Rodríguez explores his memories of Cuba, the people and culture he left behind and finds his new place. Co-Produced by Quincy Jones and featuring a superb ensemble that includes bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding and percussionist/vocalist Pedrito Martínez, the record is comprised of nine tracks including originals by Rodríguez as well as evergreens such as “Guantanamera,” Maria Teresa Vera’s “Veinte Años,” and “Quizás, Quizás, Quizás.”
Now, inTocororo, his most recent album Rodriguez’s story is represented by the national bird of Cuba. The Tocororo is a bird that if caged, dies of sadness, reflecting not only the desire for liberty, but the necessity of it. Beyond that is the story of everything else the bird represents: freedom, travel, and cross-pollination. In Rodriguez’s case, it represents the cross pollination of his Cuban culture with all of the cultures he has experienced throughout his musical journey, thus leading him to assemble an international band, fusing the musical perspectives of Michael Olivera and Reinier Elizarde from Cuba, Ibrahim Maalouf from Lebanon, the French-Cuban duo Ibeyi, Cameroonian vocalist and bassist Richard Bona, flamenco style singer Antonio Lizana, and Indian vocalist Ganavya.

“Any pianist with training in Afro-Cuban jazz can play tender, introspective lyricism and slashing, pounding rhythms with similar ease. But to pivot back and forth between those styles with no apparent transition, the way Alfredo Rodriguezdoes is to demonstrate a whole other stratum of talent. This explains why Quincy Jonesserved as both his mentor and the producer of Rodriguez’s second album, Tocororo—lest we forget, Jones was once among the shrewdest of jazz composers, arrangers, and bandleaders.”– Washington City Paper
Quincy Jonesexpresses, “Alfredo is without a doubt one of the best young pianists I’ve ever seen and with the enormous skills that he already possesses, his potential is limitless.” Rodriguez continues to spread his music along with his message and is currently on an international tour. Don’t miss this extraordinary artist when he lands in Australia this March!


The London Klezmer Quartet’s TO THE TAVERN album launch tour: January – March 2017
“A toe-tapping celebration, laced with humour and soul”
Much-loved international klezmer ensemble the London Klezmer Quartet return to Australasia in January 2017 with their latest hit album, ready to share with old and new fans alike. LKQ’s fourth album, 'To the Tavern', takes their evocation of the celebratory and soulful music of Jewish Eastern Europe (‘klezmer) to a whole new level. The recording, which they will recreate live in performance for the tour, is a dawn-to-dawn story about a klezmer band’s arrival in a small town.
With a wealth of traditional-style compositions by the band, the adventure weaves fabulous instrumentals  with the irresistibly sonorous vocals of Indra Buraczewska, who features in traditional laments, a Warsaw Yiddish theatre hit with a hint of jazz (‘Goodbye New York’) and even a song about beetroot soup!
A band arrives at dawn at the railway station in a small middle-European country town for a 24-hour sojourn. The musicians find their way around, get to know the locals and lead a rowdy session at the local tavern, before exhaustion sets in as they see in the new day. The spirit of the album reflects current and perennial themes of migration and community.
The London Klezmer Quartet was formed in 2009 by four London-based klezmorim with a shared interest in the traditional playing style. The group is Ilana Cravitz (violin), Susi Evans (clarinet), Carol Isaacs (accordion) – all direct from the UK – and Aussie, Indra Buraczewska (double bass & vocals).
Of their third album, fROOTS magazine said “An essential combination of virtuosity and personality, caught between toe-tapping celebration and the most beautiful sadness, lacing all with rueful humour and soul... Elevating throughout.”
The London Evening Standard enthused: "With artistry like this, the music doesn't have to be reinvented."
“A fantastic sound with inventive arrangements, virtuosity, exciting original tunes and soulful playing,” said Songlines. 
“Exuberant yet cultured playing... no shortage of dynamism here... The tradition is safe in the hands of the next generation," echoed the Sunday Times. "Dynamic and authentic," says Time Out, London. "Individual virtuosity and a superb sense of ensemble”, according to Australia’s Trad & Now.
LKQ arrive in Australia 12 January for the Illawarra Folk Festival before performing in Sydney’s East, Inner West, Northern Beaches and Wollongong. Then they head to New Zealand for their debut tour (Motueka, Nelson, Paekakariki, Wellington, Levin, Napier, Hamilton, Te Pau and Auckland)
before recrossing the ‘ditch’ for performances in Brisbane, Lismore, Nimbin, Newcastle, Katoomba, Parramatta and the NSW South Coast.
Finally, they set toes tapping in Bendigo and Melbourne before rounding off the tour in Adelaide and the Clare Valley!
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