May Premieres

Every 2nd Sunday at 21:00 CEST

Every month, Stingray DJAZZ premieres new concerts. May offers two 2018 concerts by Cuban musicians. On the 12th of May at 21:00 CEST, Stingray DJAZZ presents Joel Hierrezuelo’s performance in Paris, France. On the 26th of May at 21:00 CEST, Stingray DJAZZ presents pianist Omar Sosa’s performance in Villefranche-sur-Saône, France. Both performances highlight the best of Cuban music tradition and jazz, demonstrated by passionate dialogues between the artists and their musical heritage.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 12 AT 21:00 CEST | JOEL HIERREZUELO - ZAPATEO SUITE

Joel Hierrezuelo Balart is Cuban multi-instrumentalist. Growing up in a musical family, Joel studied percussion, guitar, and singing. At the age of twelve, he was already singing and playing in amateur bands. He later graduated as a music teacher at the Higher Pedagogical Institute of Havana. Hirrezuelo describes “Zapateo Suite” as the story of his career and the musical influences from his career, especially jazz and world music. It can be viewed as the musician’s personal story of Cuban music that draws from his traditional roots and African music traditions.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 26 AT 21:00 CEST | OMAR SOSA - QUARTETO AFROCUBANO

While always keeping one foot firmly anchored in the traditions of his home country, Cuba, Omar Sosa tirelessly explores music from the Caribbean to India, and West Africa to the Arab world. Since he left Cuba in 1993, the pianist has been blending his Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, hip hop, electro and world music. For his 2018 performance at Théâtre de Villefranche-sur-Saône, he brings to stage his Quarteto Afrocubano members Childo Tomas (electric bass & vocals), Ernesto Simpson (drums), and Leandro Saint-Hill (saxophones, flute, percussion & vocals). Together, they create a riveting instrumental dialogue. Celebrating rhythm in all its forms, this Omar Sosa concert is an intense and mystical experience.