Fran Vilema & the Venezuelan Jazz Collective
Fran Vielma & Venezuelan Jazz Collective
Common Grounds

Fran Vielma & Venezuelan Jazz Collective

NOV 3-6 | NEW PROJECTS & PREMIERES

Nov 03, 2022
Joe Henderson Lab
ThuNov 3
7:00 PM

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ThuNov 3
8:30 PM

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Led by master percussionist Fran Vielma, the Venezuelan Jazz Collective is an innovative jazz ensemble that comprises an outstanding cast of world-class musicians based in the US. The group performs the world premiere of Common Grounds, Vielma’s new work that weaves together Venezuelan music with rhythms from other countries in South America and the Caribbean commissioned by Chamber Music America. 

The ensemble’s awareness of the jazz tradition, classic concert music, and an upbringing surrounded by the Caribbean and South American genres allow this all-star group to go from one idiom to the other with masterful spontaneity and musicianship.

Their debut album Tendencias includes nine original compositions by the leader and one song by the laureate Venezuelan songwriter Simón Díaz, and was included in “Best of Year” lists from DownBeat, NYC Jazz Record, and the Latin Jazz Network. Vielma arranged these pieces bringing components of hard bop, free jazz, concert music, and showcasing rhythms from his native Venezuela in a contemporary fashion. Vielma expands this blend to new dimensions with Common Grounds, his most audacious work to date.

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Vielma expands a blend of hard bop, free jazz, concert music, and Venezuelan rhythms with Common Grounds, his most audacious work to date.

Not quite hard-bop and not quite salsa — they are something more complex and unprecedented, and take sharp turns at times

DownBeat

Not quite hard-bop and not quite salsa — they are something more complex and unprecedented, and take sharp turns at times

DownBeat

Personnel

Fran Vielma percussion, vocals
Sean Jones trumpet
Roman Filiu alto saxophone
Jacob Garchik trombone
Santiago Bosch keyboards
Peter Slavov acoustic bass
Tiago Michelin drums
TBA vocals

It’s not just the rhythmic potency of Venezuelan music that stands out here; indeed, on a number of the tracks it's Vielma's indebtedness to the wider jazz tradition that is striking

All About Jazz

Personnel

Fran Vielma percussion, vocals
Sean Jones trumpet
Roman Filiu alto saxophone
Jacob Garchik trombone
Santiago Bosch keyboards
Peter Slavov acoustic bass
Tiago Michelin drums
TBA vocals

It’s not just the rhythmic potency of Venezuelan music that stands out here; indeed, on a number of the tracks it's Vielma's indebtedness to the wider jazz tradition that is striking

All About Jazz

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