Jazz Batá, the new project of pianist, composer and arranger Chucho Valdés, is both a look forward and a closing of pending business. In 1972, a year before he founded the transcendent Afro-Cuban jazz rock ensemble Irakere, Valdés experimented with a trio, which, while largely ignored at the time, proved crucial for the development of his music. Comprised of piano, acoustic bass and batá, the hourglass shaped drum that is essential in the ritual music of Yoruba religion best known as Santeria. Jazz Batá expressed his deeper Cubanization of jazz and the classic piano jazz trio in both its instrumentation and its sound. The new Jazz Batá is comprised by Valdés on piano; Yelsy Heredia, acoustic bass and Dreiser Durruthy Bombalé on percussion and voice.
Sunday, February 23
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Joshua Bell, music director and soloist
About this Performer
Academy of St Martin in the Fields, one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world, returns to the Series for the eleventh time, the third under the direction of Joshua Bell. Bell leads the conductorless ensemble from the first chair for two pieces and takes center stage as violin soloist for Paganini’s bravura Violin Concerto No. 1.
Saturday, March 21
Music for Change: The Banned Countries
About this Performer
San Francisco’s Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet, with Persian vocalist Mahsa Vahdat, brings a Boston premiere program featuring music from the original seven “banned” countries from the 2017 Executive Orders—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—among others.
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