Yosvany Terry : Yedégbé The Afro-Caribbean Legacy
Sunday, Jul 20, 2008 7:30 PM PDT
Stanford University Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Palo Alto, CA
"Like James Carter, Cuban saxist Yosvany Terry has a voice on several axes, but alto is his specialty. He's capable of making Afro-Cuban jazz seem folksy and modernistic all at once." --Time Out New York
In saxophonist and composer Yosvany Terry's music, the traditional sounds of his native Cuba fuse with fiery post-bop, sophisticated harmonies, and avant-garde innovation. Yosvany grew up in a family of performers steeped in musical tradition and learned from his father, Eladio "Don Pancho" Terry, a renowned violinist, bandleader, and master of the chekeré. A graduate of Cuba's prestigious National School of Art and the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory, Yosvany founded the influential group Columna B and performed with many giants of Cuban music. Yosvany moved to New York in 1999, and the excitement and inspiration he found there are reflected on his 2006 album Metamorphosis. At the forefront of a group of young Cuban musicians who have recently infused the New York scene with a new creative energy, Yosvany has recently collaborated with pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba. In his latest project, Ye-dé-gbé, Terry explores the Afro-Caribbean Arará musical tradition in a suite of compositions for a jazz ensemble with African percussion.
Presented in association with La Peña Cultural Center & Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Supported in part by Tom & Claude Anyos