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A Snazzy, Jazzy Christmas with the International Jazz and Blues Festival

CHRISTMAS JAZZ - 2018

By Joan Yonkler

The jazz Christmas tradition continues. Every year, for more than a decade, the International Jazz and Blues Festival has brought together an extraordinary group of jazz musicians to interpret your favorite Christmas songs in unusual and very cool ways. This year is no different.

On Saturday, December 15, at the Ángela Peralta Theater, we will feature an amazingly talented and international group of musicians who will perform songs in their own style such as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and “The First Noel.”

Vocalist Flora Pasquet, originally from Reunion Island off the coast of Madagascar, began her professional career at 16 touring with some of the most famous artists from the Island scene—Dominique Barret, Meddy Gerville, and Clarice Técher. Pasquet then moved to Paris and got her singing diploma at the contemporary music school ATLA. She founded the musical group Nuvoya and recorded her first original album fused with bossa nova, soul, and some traditional island folk music. México has been Flora’s latest adventure. She has just performed and recorded an album with fellow bandmate JP Aispuro that features Mexican singer-songwriter giant Armando Manzanero’s music.

Percussionist Andreas Lüscher, born in Neuhausen, Switzerland, began his studies in music and percussion at the National Conservatory of Music in México City and finished as a soloist percussionist. He also played drums for various rock groups, blues groups, and accompanied several radio and television artists throughout México and several other countries. His knowledge and experience in the field of jazz led him to cofound the Jazz School in México City. He was also the founder of the Jazzschule in Basel, Switzerland.

Lüscher has performed in jazz concerts and festivals throughout Europe with musicians such as Radio DRS Big Band, Thomas Möckel, Milcho Leviev, Jack Wilkins, Eddie Gomez, Hampton Slide, and Johnny Griffin, among others.

Pianist Patricio Peña began his musical studies in baroque organ and piano. He started playing jazz in 2005 under the direction of pianist David Gómez Oropeza and later with Gabriel Hernández (Cuba) and Pepe Rivero (Madrid, Spain). During 2007–2011 he performed as a pianist and musical director for Latin American Grammy winner Alberto Cortéz, in Argentina, Chile, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, México, Puerto Rico, and the United States.

Bass­ist Antonio Lozoya, born in México City, received his bachelor’s degree as a jazz bassist at the National Institute of Fine Arts and has performed in festivals in México, Cuba, and the US. He has accompanied Dave Pike, Bob Sheppard, John Ronstadt, Ken Basman, Brice Winston, Othello Molineaux, Art Lande, Paul McCandles, Lila Downs, Magos Herrera and Karrin Allyson. Lozoya has been director of the International Festival of Jazz and Blues since 2006.

 

Music

International Jazz & Blues Festival Presents

“Christmas Jazz Concert”

Sat, Dec 15, 7:30pm

Teatro Ángela Peralta

Mesones 82, Centro

350 and 250 pesos

Tickets at the Theater Box Office

PayPal: sanmigueljazz.com.mx/tickets.html

 

 

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