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Elio Villafranca CINQUE Considered for Prestigious French Académie Charles Cros Award Grand Prix du Disque!
(Published: March 19, 2019)

2019 Grammy® Award Nominee
Elio Villafranca
Considered for
Prestigious French
Académie Charles Cros Award
Grand Prix du Disque
Plus Upcoming Performances!

Photo by: Kasia Idzkowska

2019 Grammy® Award Nominee Elio Villafranca is now being considered for the prestigious French Académie Charles Cros Award with his 2-CD recording Cinque (ArtistShare). The Grand Prix du Disque is the premier French award for musical recordings.

The award was inaugurated by Académie Charles Cros in 1948 and offers prizes in various categories. The categories vary from year to year, and multiple awards are often made in any one category in the same year.

Upcoming Elio Villafranca Cinque and Other Performance Schedule:

March 30 - CINQUE CD release at Painted Bride, Philadelphia

May 18 - Concert at The Cleff Club, Philadelphia, Elio Villafranca & The Afro Caribbean Trio

May 28 - NYC, Preview presentation of Elio's new musical suite "Don't Change My Name". Work about the life of Florentina Zulueta, the Arará Queen

June 4 - 12 - CINQUE | Australia with Adrian Medina

Aug. 10 - CINQUE performance at Springfield Jazz Fest.

Aug. 11 - CINQUE performance at San José Jazz Fest.

Elio Villafranca - piano
Vincent Herring - alto saxophone + soprano saxophone + flute
Greg Tardy - tenor saxophone + clarinet
Todd Marcus - bass clarinet
Freddie Hendrix - trumpet
James Burton / Steve Turre - trombone + bass trombone + conch shells (James only March 30th)
Ricky Rodriguez - acoustic bass
Lewis Nash - drums
Arturo Stable - bata drums + congas + palo drums or atabales + bombo
Jonathan Troncoso - bata drums + palo drums or atabales + valsié or valsier + congas

Cinque - 2019 Grammy® Award Nominee
for "Best Latin Jazz" Album

Cinque is a five movement suite inspired by the story of Joseph Cinque, who in 1839 led a successful revolt aboard the slave ship La Amistad, days after being sold and transported to a sugar plantation in Cuba.

Elio Villafranca's most ambitious project today, it showcases the cultural diversity of the five Caribbean islands of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti, The Dominican Republic, and Jamaica; while simultaneously highlighting the Congolese musical heritage woven into the fabric of each of these diverse nations, and yet unified via the forced migration of Africans to the Americas.

Cinque (artistShare) is a body of work that encompasses narration, original composition and selections of Elio's own field recordings of different forms of rooted Congolese rhythms in the Caribbean, especially the traditions of Tambor Yuka, only practiced today in the region of Pinar Del Río, where Elio was born, and Gangá, a rare culture that came from Sierra Leon, Cinque' place of birth, to the region of Matanzas, Cuba. Both traditions are near to extinction today.

Elio's intention is to share music the same way he experienced it growing up in Cuba, by giving access to the context and sources that inspired his original compositions. This way of sharing, creates a better bridge with the listener to a more meaningful understanding and connection with music and culture.

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

"Pianist and composer Elio Villafranca is an inspired and visionary musician. 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 Villafranca writes and plays with passion and a deep understanding of musical nuance, with chops equal to some of the greatest pianists Cuba has ever produced." - DownBeat Magazine

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More Information: http://https://eliovillafranca.com/

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