Friends of Chamber Music opens with free jazz concert | Local News


April 29, Annenberg Presidential Conference Center on the Texas A&M West Campus – The 26th season finale will be a perfect getaway into the subtle and splendid soundscapes of romantic music with Rachel Cheung, finalist and winner of the Audience Award at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Friday’s outdoor concert will feature the Raquel Cepeda Jazz Septet, which includes Barry Sames, piano; Thomas Helton, double bass; Adriano Santos, drums; Cassio Duarte, percussions; Ernesto Vega, saxophone, flute and clarinet; and Félix de Léon, trumpet.

They will perform a program of jazz classics, American swing, tangos, as well as jewels of Afro-Latin, Brazilian and Venezuelan jazz.

While the typical Friends chamber music program may seem at odds with a jazz concert, Karen Pilant, Board Member of the Brazos Valley Jazz Society, said: “Jazz is a distinctly art form. American with its own musical language. Although not traditionally considered chamber music, jazz has similar characteristics. When Baroque musicians embellish melodies and improvise on basslines, they use elements that we recognize as jazz techniques.

Live performances of jazz and chamber music share a natural affinity for individual expression, the interaction between musicians and an intimate connection with listeners in real time.

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