GRAMMY award winners Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra open their performance season at Symphony Space with the newest installment of their Jazz Across the Americas series, this time shifting focus to Venezuela.
As always, an incredible roster of instrumentalists and composers will join the 18-piece powerhouse to bring light to a different patch in the woven quilt of jazz. The orchestra will present the world premiere of “Venezuela Unida” by Edward Simon, a Guggenheim Fellow, which was commissioned by the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance specifically for this concert.
Excerpts of Simon’s “Venezuelan Suite” and two works of the acclaimed pianist Luis Perdomo will also be performed with full orchestration for the first time. Roberto Quintero (percussion) and Bam Bam Rodriguez (bass) and round out the roster of special guests as a true exploration of jazz through the lens of Venezuela takes full form.