Opera House gives jazz a Latin touch

Jazz series will run under the epithet "Jazz Plus," and all five concerts will have some extra cultural flavors.

October 27, 2008 10:59
Opera House gives jazz a Latin touch

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This year's Tel Aviv Opera House jazz series kicks off on November 21 with a Latin touch, courtesy of Argentinean pianist Adrian Iaies and his trio. The series will run under the epithet "Jazz Plus," and all five concerts will have some extra cultural flavors. The juxtapositioning of "jazz" and "tango" within an Argentinean context naturally conjures up the name of Astor Piazzolla, the founder of the "nuevo tango" genre that incorporates elements from jazz and classical music. Three-time Grammy nominee Iaies and his sidemen - accordionist Raul Barboza, acoustic bass player Ezequiel Dutil and drummer Pepi Taveira - are duly influenced by Piazzolla, as will be evident when they play here. The quartet's repertoire will include a range of South American root styles which will color the jazz base. Barboza will certainly provide some added value to the concert. The 70-year-old has been an iconic figure in Argentina, and Europe, for over 50 years. He made his name playing the Indian folk style of chamame and later shared stages with the likes of legendary singer Mercedes Sosa - a recent visitor to these shores - and Spanish opera singer Jose Carreras. For more information: www.israeli-opera.co.il.

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