Concert with Jazz Artist Dayramir Gonzalez and his Quintet
Friday September 14, 2018
7:00 PM until 8:30 PM
Dayramir Gonzalez, an internationally praised pianist and composer who has been hailed for his prolific creative range which melds rock, pop, jazz and Afro-Cuban styles, will perform with his quintet (acoustic piano, bass, drum, congas, percussion) at the Library during Ridgefield's Jazz, Funk and Blues Weekend.
Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, pianist Gonzalez has come into his own as a New York City based artist/composer and bold musical force with his bountiful U.S. debut “The Grand Concourse” (March 2018). This album dazzles as an expressive showcase of Gonzalez's immense talent and sweeping musical vision. Dayramir’s knack for weaving a mosaic of both traditional and cutting-edge inspirations is not solely tethered to his daring blend of genres. The vibrant “The Grand Concourse” embraces the pulse and mystique of New York City, as well as the allure of early 20th Century Cuban sonic leanings and cultural roots.
In 2005 he won first place in Havana’s JoJazz festival in the composition category, winning a record deal with Cuba’s national label Colibri. He recorded his first album, released in Cuba in 2007, and titled “Habana enTRANCE,” displaying his skills as artist, bandleader, and composer. The album would go on to win three Cubadisco Awards, (considered the Grammys of Cuba). He was then awarded a musical scholarship to Boston’s revered Berklee College of Music in the U.S., becoming the first Cuban national to receive Berklee’s coveted full Presidential Scholarship. Dayramir graduated Summa Cum Laude. He also received the Wayne Shorter Award for Most Outstanding Composer of the Year upon graduation.
The concert is free thanks to the Friends of the Library. Please register.VA
The Ridgefield Jazz, Funk & Blues Weekend is a four-day fall event in the culturally rich and scenic town of Ridgefield, Connecticut. Throughout the weekend, a tremendously talented lineup of jazz, funk, and blues artists will perform all over town, from an outdoor show at Ballard Park to regional powerhouse Ridgefield Playhouse. The Jazz, Funk & Blues Weekend is a collaboration between the participating venues and the Ridgefield Economic & Community Development Commission.
For more information visit: https://www.jazzfunk.org/ PVA
Location: Main Program Room
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