The last concert of the Dranoff2 season is a double treat – two performances of making music and poetry for the price of one. But it is also a double treat because of the throughline from PIANOSLAM and Dranoff: poet Cheryl Fife is an alumna of our arts integration program, and poet Adrian Castro has performed in PIANOSLAM.
There are so many great facets that will shine, and today I want to bring your attention to the famed Cuban drummer Ignacio Berroa who will give a multi-media presentation demonstrating the historical development of Afro-Cuban and Cuban music since the arrivals of the slaves to the Island to the end of Spanish colonialism up to the present, and its influence on Jazz.
This Musical Journeys of Cuban Independence presentation is unique as Ignacio Berroa. His music has been part of the development of Latin Jazz and Jazz music in both countries, Cuba and the United States. He is recognized by many as one of the greatest drummers of our time. Jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie best defined Berroa as: "... the only Latin drummer in the world in the history of American music that intimately knows both worlds: his native Afro-Cuban music as well as Jazz..."
Berroa has conducted clinics and master classes all over the world. He also has created a video-teaching presentation "Afro-Cuban Jazz and Beyond", an overview of the development of Afro-Cuban music and its influence.
And then, of course, the music. And the new work by Chucho Valdes. And the words. And the songs.
Don’t miss this immersive experience. And join us at the VIP Party and Celebration with Chucho Valdes, artists and fans after the May 19th Concert.
The Dranoff2 Piano