Cuban jazz band enthrals fans

The band members are currently teaching at NCA in Lahore.

News Desk November 08, 2012

The embassies of Brazil and Cuba organised a concert by the Cuban group A3 Jazz at the Embassy of Brazil on Tuesday. According to a press release issued by the Brazilian embassy on Wednesday, more than 80 jazz aficionados enjoyed the concert, which was followed by a delicious garden dinner where Brazilian delicacies were served.

A3 Jazz is a Cuban Jazz trio composed of talented young Cuban musicians currently teaching at the National College of Arts in Lahore.

The musicians included award-winning pianist Ana Maria Oropesa, a graduate in Music from the Superior Institute of Arts in Cuba, Alberto Batista Hernandez, a specialist in percussion and a Professor at the National School of Music of Cuba,
and Ariel Jorge Pérez Caballero, an award-winning trombonist who also graduated from the Superior Institute of Arts.

The trio mixes Jazz with traditional Latin and Cuban rhythms to create a unique style that amazed all present at the event.

The performance, which was slightly over an hour long, featured an exciting repertoire that included well known Latin tracks such as Guantanamera by Joseíto Fernandez, and some excellent and inventive creations such as the Rumba Improvisada and well-known jazz compositions like Dizzy Gillespie’s A Night in Tunisia.

In the event held yesterday, Cuba and Brazil shared with the Pakistani audience not only their friendly and close ties, but also some of the most extraordinary features of Latin America, namely openness and variety.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 8th, 2012.


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