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Elio Villafranca - Steinway Artist - Video Features
(Published: December 01, 2014)

There are good reasons why Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea have taken a personal interest in Elio Villafranca. Hailing from Havana, Cuba, Elio is rooted in the tradition and rhythms of the Caribbean, yet fully embraces the elements of modern jazz.

Caribbean Tinge (Motema) is his seventh album as a leader, and was recorded during two live performances at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC. Performance components are both aural and visual, and audiences connect to both aspects.

Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopators create a multi-layered musical dialogue. Percussion, brass and ivory keys set the stage for folkloric dance, Caribbean rhythms and 21st-century jazz. Together, the music and dance integrate a new body of movement and syncopation within the performance of the 8 original Villafranca compositions. Grammy® nominee Villafranca is deeply inspired by Duke Ellington's music of the 1940's, yet proudly aware of his own Latin heritage.

In 2014, Villafranca garnered critical praise from both DownBeat and JazzTimes magazines with Editors' Picks for Caribbean Tinge. Jazz at Lincoln Center recognized his talents with the first-ever Millenium Swing Award. This year he was featured on NPR as a performing artist, he joined the faculty at Juilliard and was recently honored with the German Records Critics Award "Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik."

Most recently, Elio Villafranca and The Jazz Syncopators - Caribbean Tinge (Motema) received a great review in the December issue of the UK audiophile publication hi-fi News and was also their Jazz Album Choice for the month. Additionally, the album received a four-star review in the November issue of Jazzwise.

"The band swings hard and brings a traditional yet innovative style to the roots of jazz and Afro Caribbean music. I am profoundly moved by Elio's vision and musicianship. He is a treasured member of the family here at Jazz at Lincoln Center."
- Wynton Marsalis

"Elio's music is passionate. A brand new application of ancient ways." - Chick Corea

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Steinway Artist:

Steinway & Sons recently presented its new "Live from the Factory Floor" concert series with Steinway Artist Elio Villafranca, a pianist who is at the forefront of the latest generation of remarkable Cuban pianists, composers and bandleaders that for several years has been making major creative contributions to the international development of modern jazz.

Go to YouTube:
Live from the Factory Floor - Elio Villafranca

In the first clip from Elio's visit to the factory, he talks to Ben Finane, Editor in Chief of Listen Magazine, about the importance of percussion in his musical education and identity.

In the second clip from Elio's visit to the factory, he talks to Ben Finane, Editor in Chief of Listen Magazine, about rhythmic patterns and the clave.

In the third clip from Elio's visit to the factory, he talks to Ben Finane, Editor in Chief of Listen Magazine, about one of his major influences that might be slightly unexpected to some - Sergei Rachmaninoff.

In the fourth clip from Elio's visit to the factory, he performs 'Zodiac Suite: Aquarius' written by Mary Lou Williams.

In the fifth clip from Elio's visit to the factory, he discusses the influence of Beethoven in his composing.

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Press Features Include:
DownBeat - December 2014
DownBeat - September 2014
DownBeat - July 2014 - Editors' Pick
JazzTimes - September 2014 - Editors' Pick
All About Jazz - 5-star review
Latin Jazz Corner - 5-star review

SELECT UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:

Dec. 5
Baltimore Old Waters, New River Performance
by Elio Villafranca and Spiros Exaras

Dec. 26-30
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Nuevo Jazz Latino All-Stars
Elio Villafranca, Pedrito Martinez, Yosvany Terry, Michael Rodriguez, Carlos Henriguez, Dafnis Prieto

Feb. 7, 2015
Elio Villafranca & The Jazz Syncopators
Concert and Workshop at Tufts College, MA

Feb. 20-21
The Appel Room - Jazz at Lincoln Center
Premier of Elio Villafranca's Suite
"Cinque - Tales of the Caribbean"

www.eliovillafranca.net
photo credit: Maike Schulz for JALC

More Information: http://www.eliovillafranca.net/

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