with Elio Villafranca30 Mar 2019 Philadelphia, PA
DetailsTime : 8pm
Venue : Painted Bride
Address : 230 Vine Street
State : PA
Zip : 19106
Phone : 215.925.9914
Contact Website : https://paintedbride.org/events/cinque-music-of-the-caribbean-by-elio-villafranca/
CINQUE – MUSIC OF THE CARIBBEAN BY ELIO VILLAFRANCA
CINQUE CD concert & release event presented by Painted Bride
Born in the Pinar del Río province of Cuba, Steinway Artist, Grammy Nominated, and 2014 Jazz at Lincoln Center Millennium Swing Award recipient pianist and composer Elio Villafranca was classically trained in percussion and composition at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba. Since his arrival in the U.S. in mid 1995, Elio Villafranca is at the forefront of the latest generation of remarkable pianists, composers and bandleaders.
Over the years Elio Villafranca has recorded and performed nationally and internationally as a leader, featuring jazz master artists such as Pat Martino, Terell Stafford, Billy Hart, Paquito D’Rivera, Eric Alexander, and Lewis Nash, David Murray, and Wynton Marsalis among other. As a sideman Elio Villafranca has collaborated with leading jazz and Latin jazz artists including: Chick Corea, Jon Faddis, Billy Harper, Sonny Fortune, Giovanni Hidalgo, Miguel Zenón, and Johnny Pacheco among others.
CINQUE is a five movement suite inspired by the story of Joseph Cinque, who in 1839 led a successful revolt aboard the slave ship La Amistad, days after being sold and transported to a sugar plantation in Cuba. Elio’s most ambitious project today, showcases the cultural diversity of the five Caribbean islands of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti, The Dominican Republic, and Jamaica; while simultaneously high- lighting the Congolese musical heritage woven into the fabric of each of these diverse nations, and yet unified via the forced migration of Africans to the Americas.