Dranoff returns with its West African Beats Performance Series featuring Steel Pan Virtuoso, Leon Foster Thomas & Caribbean Jazz Band Afrobeats
Dranoff 2 Piano presents West African Beats, an annual concert celebrating the soul of high art and music that was brought to the Americas along with the steel drum, as expressed by Leon Foster Thomas' internationally acclaimed Jazz ensemble. West African Beats is a contemporary inspiration of this exciting and important music and will be embodied and interpreted by fellow Trinidadian, choreographer Peter London, who's eclectic dance company calls Miami home.
By: Dranoff 2 Piano
Pre-concert talk at 7PM brings together Leon Foster Thomas, Peter London, and musicologist of the African diaspora Melvin Butler, for a discussion of the influence of West African song and dance on contemporary music and the spirit of the Caribbean heritage in Jazz.
West African Beats series was originated by Dranoff 2 Piano with the support of the Funding Arts Network's AWARE grant in celebration of FAN's 25th year of philanthropy in Miami and created by Dranoff 2 Piano's Artistic Director, Martin Bejerano.
West African Beats
Saturday, February 11th at 8PM
Pre-concert talk at 7PM
Miami Beach Band Shell
7275 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
VIP $40, General admission $25
Students with ID $5 tickets at the door
Tickets are available online at www.Dranoff2Piano.org
For 37 years, the Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation has been the world's leading champion of exclusively two piano repertoire and artistry. It is the only international foundation, accredited by the World Federation of International Music Competitions, to discover, promote, and award honors to top professional duo piano artists through its competition, commissions, and presentations of duo piano concerts. The Dranoff promotes awareness in a new generation of students of the transformational power of music and the arts through its multi-disciplinary, educational, and inspirational concert program, PIANO SLAM
The new album "Calasantius"
More about the Artists
Leon Foster Thomas' band features pianists Tal Cohen and Devin Shaw, Michael Piolet (Drums), Michael Ramos (Bass), Troy Roberts (Saxophone), and Magela Herrera (Flute).
Leon Foster Thomas is a gifted international jazz musician and steel pan virtuoso. His music is a blend of his Caribbean roots with the harmonic and improvisational complexities of jazz, creating a lively and eclectic meld all his own. Leon's deft and ambitious command of the steel pan has transcended beyond the instrument's novel stereotype to being featured at world stages such as New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center, Adrienne Arsht Center of the Performing Arts (Miami), Moscow International House of Music, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Perm International Jazz Festival (Russia), Miami Downtown Jazz Festival, International Festival of Contemporary Culture (Kazakhstan)
A native of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, Peter London is the Founder, Artistic Director and Choreographer of The Peter London Global Dance Company founded in 2011. Regarded by The Miami Herald as "a revered and beloved dance teacher," As a principal dancer of the prestigious Martha Graham Dance Company, London worked closely with the legendary Martha Graham who created the role of the "Shaman" for him in her 1988 ballet " Night Chant", and recreated roles for him in her ballets American Document and El Penitent which he danced with Michael Baryshnikov at New York's City Center Theater. London's principal roles included The Shaman in the "Rite of Spring", Paris in "Clytemnestra"
Martin Bejerano is an acclaimed pianist and composer and has performed/recorded with numerous jazz luminaries including his 20 year association with GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award-winning drummer Roy Haynes, Christian McBride Band, Dave Holland, Pat Metheny, Ignacio Berroa, Ron Carter, Russell Malone, Dafnis Prieto, Roxana Amed, Brian Lynch,, Adam Nussbaum, John Faddis, Roy Hargrove, Marcus Strickland He is featured on over 25 recordings, including the GRAMMY nominated Fountain of Youth with the Roy Haynes Quartet, and Roxana Amed's Latin GRAMMY nominated album Ontology. An award-winning bandleader, Martin's trio has performed at such notable venues as Symphony Space, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, The Jazz Gallery, Barquisimeto Jazz Festival, El Hatillo Jazz Festival, St. Petersburg Jazz Festival, Festival Miami, and Lucerne Piano Off-Stage Festival. His most recent recording, Trio Miami, was selected as Downbeat Magazine's "Editor's Choice was nominated for a Latin GRAMMY award. Currently, Martin heads the Jazz Piano Studio at the acclaimed Frost School of Music, University of Miami, is serving as Artistic Director for the world-renown Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation
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