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Music, Painting, and Learning at the Jazz Festival

By María Dolores Vidargas Rojas

Music, painting, and learning will be present at the twentieth International Festival of Jazz and Blues in San Miguel de Allende to be held from November 12 to 16 at different venues throughout the city.

On the third day of the festival, a free jazz workshop will be held, in which students and public in general are invited to participate and learn how to play musical instruments involved with jazz. This workshop will take place at noon on Friday, November 14, at Teatro Santa Ana, on Reloj 50a.

Also on November 14, Peter Bernstein, a guitarist who has performed with the leading musicians of the current jazz scene, will perform along with the Erik Alexander Group.  Bernstein studied jazz at Rutgers University, and he graduated in music from the New School in New York City. As an artist he has shared the stage with Nicholas Payton, Lee Konitz, Tom Harrell, Eric Alexander, Richard Wyands, Jesse Davis, and Alvin Queen, among others, and has been a teacher at the Julliard School, Berklee College of Music, the North Texas State University, the New School Jazz Program, and the Conservatory of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Erick Alexander, a saxophonist, started playing piano and clarinet at an early age and finally chose the saxophone, with which he won the second place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.  Alexander stands out as one of the best jazz musicians for his warm, well-defined tone and his unique melodic imagination, plus an exquisite technique and robust harmony. He is a musician who attracts attention wherever he performs, achieving recognition as a leading voice among contemporary jazz musicians.

Throughout the festival, an exhibition of paintings on the subject of jazz will be on display at the lobby of Teatro Angela Peralta. Antonio Chaurand, Raul Campos, and Sam Caricaturista will exhibit their works.

Antonio Chaurand was born in Celaya and was awarded with the Young Creators scholarship of FONCA (Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes), in addition to winning the first place in the State Painting Competition 2011.

Raul Campos, from Querétaro, has devoted himself to drawing from an early age, and from 2013 to date, he has had several solo exhibitions. He currently lives in San Miguel. Passionate for radiant color and enthusiastic about  sound art, he has portrayed renowned figures of music as well as those responsible for music evolution in our country, all under the keen eye of an innate observer, addicted to the spell of jazz and its syncopated nuances, both provocative of vibrant emotions.

Sam Caricaturista has shaped his art in various publications such as Rolling Stone, Playboy, MAX and Music: Life.  On album covers for labels such as SONY BMG, Warner Music, and Prodisc, he has made the image for Sound Check Expo 2008 and 2012, with headquarters in the World Trade Center, and for the Jazz & Blues Festival in San Miguel for six consecutive years.

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