Chick Corea

& The Spanish Heart Band

Richard Bona

Tue, 16 July - hours 21:00
Arena Santa Giuliana
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ore 19,00: Apertura Arena Santa Giuliana / Restaurant & Snack Bar
ore 19,30: Restaurant Stage, Koku Gonza

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Chick Corea

With The Spanish Heart Band, the latest of the many projects that Chick Corea has created, never so active and creative as in these last few years,  the Latin soul of the great jazzman is lit up. Fans of Corea will certainly remember that My Spanish Heart (1976) is also the title of a very successful album with which Corea translated his passion for Hispanic music and flamenco into sound (the collaboration with Paco de Lucia, the flamenco legend, was fundamental in this sense).  Practically throughout his whole career, the pianist-composer has cultivated this particular vein, contributing, with themes such as Spain and La Fiesta, to the creation of a repertoire from which many have then drawn. The band is an octet and includes two musicians who have played at different times in the groups of De Lucia, saxophonist Jorge Pardo and guitarist Nino Josele. It also includes two wind instruments (Michael Rodriguez on trumpet and Steve Davis on trombone) and a rhythm section with the Cuban, Carlitos del Puertos, on double bass, Marcus Gilmore on drums and Lusito Quintero on percussion. Finally, the new star among flamenco dancers, Nino de los Reyes. With Chick Corea we are truly at the top of modern jazz. How else to define an artist who has won over the course of an incredible career, which began in the electric bands of Miles Davis, 22 Grammys (with 63 nominations) and has been awarded the NEA Jazz Master, the highest award to which a jazzman can aspire. A career that has seen him, thanks to an eclecticism that has few references, move with ease between straight ahead jazz, fusion, free jazz, classical music. At the piano or on keyboards, Chick Corea has given life to all possible formulas, from solo piano improvisations to duo (with Herbie Hancock, Gary Burton, Bobby McFerrin, Bela Fleck, Stefano Bollani, Hiromi), from trio to small bands like “Origin ”, and finally to chamber formations and symphony orchestras.
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Richard Bona

The new "Flamenco Project" by Richard Bona took shape between Madrid and Barcelona and was inspired by a concert of Paco De Lucia. Faithful to his vision of music, which aims to overcome the limits of codified genres, Richard Bona with Bona de la Fronteira blends African rhythms with Andalusian traditions to imagine a "new flamenco". With him is a band of the highest level in which Antonio Rey from Madrid, considered the new star of the Guitarra Flamenca, stands out. Richard Bona, singer, bassist and composer, has been called "the African Sting". Born in Camerun and following in his father's footsteps (his father was a griot, a sort of story-teller from West Africa) he first moved to Germany, then to Paris and finally to New York. Here he collaborated with artists such as George Benson, Branford Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Chaka Khan, Michael Brecker, Joe Zawinul. According to the Los Angeles Times, in him merge the virtuosity of Jaco Pastorious, the vocal fluidity of George Benson, the sense of the harmony of Joao Gilberto, all mixed up with African culture.