Family Matinee: The Venezuelan Music Project | SFJAZZ
Family Matinee: The Venezuelan Music Project
The Venezuelan Music Project (VMP) shares the sounds and cultural traditions of Venezuela, combining the indigenous, West African, and Spanish influences through dynamic and engaging performances for people of all ages. The magic of the ensemble is heard in the blending of rich vocals with the cuatro, Venezuela's national instrument, a small guitar born in the early 1700s in the Andalucian area of Spain. For this interactive matinee performance, Jackeline and the VMP musicians share the joy and richness of this vibrant music, encouraging the audience to sing, clap, and join them in celebrating the many diverse rhythms, songs, and instruments of this fascinating South American nation.
Following the concert, Jackeline Rago and Friends continue the celebration of Venezuelan music in the Joe Henderson Lab for our interactive Family Workshop! Sign-ups take place in the lobby prior to the matinee performance and are free to matinee ticket-holders. Space is limited.
Jackeline Rago is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, producer and educator specializing in Venezuelan and Latin American folk music. A native of Venezuela, she is the musical director of two Bay Area bands, the Venezuelan Music Project (Venezuelan folk music), and the VNote Ensemble (a fusion of Venezuelan music and jazz), in addition to serving as faculty member at the California Jazz Conservatory.
Jackeline Rago musical director, Venezuelan instruments
Anna Maria Violich vocals, percussion
Omar Ledezma vocals, percussion
David Pinto bass
Donna Viscuso woodwinds