Omar Sosa: Motherland Journey
Omar Sosa
World Premiere

Omar Sosa: Motherland Journey

w/ sculptor-painter Githinji Wa'Mbire & drummer Amaury Acosta 

Sep 16, 2021
Miner Auditorium

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Original show description below.

Three months after his historic solo concert that marked the first public event at SFJAZZ since March 2020 and was called “a momentous occasion” by The San Francisco Chronicle, celebrated Cuban pianist Omar Sosa returns with the world premiere of Motherland Journey, a wildly innovative multimedia happening performed in collaboration with Kenyan-born visual artist Githinji Wa’Mbire and drummer Amaury Acosta that will employ SFJAZZ’s advanced new stage lighting and projection system for the first time.

For this event, Sosa and Acosta’s telepathic interplay on acoustic instruments and electronics will be joined by Wa’Mabire, who will create a sculpture on stage inspired by the music and will contribute his own sonic elements through the use of his tools, voice, and body that will trigger electronic audio and video components in real time.

An international favorite since he emerged on the Bay Area’s Latin scene in the 1990s, Sosa received a lifetime achievement award from the Smithsonian for his contribution to the development of Latin jazz in the United States, and has been nominated for multiple GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY awards.

Sosa’s last Alone Together performance was, in his words, the “reopening of the temple.” With its technological advancement, this world premiere event paves the way toward an exciting future. 

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Digital online access is also now available for the livestream broadcast on THU, SEP 16 and the encore broadcast on SUN, SEP 19: 
$10 for Members / $20 for Public

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Sosa is one of the truly illuminated minds of world jazz. He is shaping a new synthesis of Latin and American jazz.

Billboard

Sosa is one of the truly illuminated minds of world jazz. He is shaping a new synthesis of Latin and American jazz.

Billboard

Personnel

Omar Sosa keyboards, electronics
Amaury Acosta drums, electronics
Githinji Wa’Mbire live sculpture

Although Cuba has produced more than its share of leonine jazz pianists, Sosa stands out among them because of the crystalline beauty of his touch and the nimbleness of his technique.

Chicago Tribune

Personnel

Omar Sosa keyboards, electronics
Amaury Acosta drums, electronics
Githinji Wa’Mbire live sculpture

Although Cuba has produced more than its share of leonine jazz pianists, Sosa stands out among them because of the crystalline beauty of his touch and the nimbleness of his technique.

Chicago Tribune

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