Sept. 12, 2001
CONTACT: Mary Avrakotos, 312-4581
MASTER JAZZ PERCUSSIONIST SANABRIA
TO PERFORM IN SUNY ARTSWEGO SERIES
OSWEGO -- Led by a Grammy-nominated jazz percussionist, Bobby Sanabria and Quarteto Ache!: Masters of Afro-Cuban Jazz will bring a tropical musical feel to SUNY Oswego on Friday, Oct. 5, as part of the Artswego series.
The combo will perform at 8 and 10 p.m. at Timepieces, a cafe-like setting in Hewitt Union. Tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for seniors and students and $6 for SUNY Oswego students.
"Sanabria is one of the most informed, astute and passionate champions of Afro-Cuban music on the scene today," Down Beat magazine said recently of the Puerto Rican bandleader. "Sanabria has proven to be keenly aware of the tradition and respectful of the work of those who came before him."
The drummer/percussionist/composer/arranger attended the Berklee College of Music and also learned from playing with such masters as Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie and Mario Bauza. "Bobby is a sensational player and educator," is how Puente, who was Sanabria's idol, once described the rising jazz star.
Described by Jazziz magazine as a "renowned player who's long championed the rhythmic fundamentals that spring from the Afro-Cuban tradition," Sanabria takes seriously the educational and the cultural role that comes with his musical virtuosity.
"It is the responsibility of all musicians in all cultures to invoke positive energy and spiritual forces," Sanabria writes in his artist's statement. His music, he adds, represents "over 500 years of journeys that began in ancient Africa and Spain and continued through the Caribbean, New Orleans and the modern urban jungle we call New York City." Sanabria is a scholastic jazz bandleader and on faculty at both the New School and the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
The Artswego Performing Arts Series appearance by Bobby Sanabria and Quarteto Ache!: Masters of Afro-Cuban Jazz is also supported by the Student Association Programming Board. For more information or reservations, call the Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or e-mail email@example.com.
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