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Join Argentinian pianist, composer, and Billboard Magazine Emerging Artist Gabriel Palatchi for an eclectic and explosive musical journey with an original blend of cultures
that features latin jazz, tango, funk, middle east and more! Featuring Chema Gonzalez (Mexico) on drums and Kerry Galloway (Canada) on bass.
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Ana Maria Posada and Gissel Morales are the lead singers for the De Cajon band.
De Cajon band started with the idea of Willy Garcia (creator of the group) to create a sound that was distinguished among the genres of Latin music. The cajón is a box-shaped percussion instrument originally from Peru.
The idea was to create a sound that was distinguished among the genres of Latin music, where with a Cajon as a central base, you could make a difference in the sound a rhythm
Ignacio Vargas, more commonly known as “Nacho”, is a Colombian born musical artist, now living in Canada. From an early age, he was a lover of many different musical genres, however one particular genre that is his greatest love is the traditional “Llanera” music – a traditional Colombian (and Venezuelan) genre that is of both Spanish and Indigenous origin.
It can be said that Nacho’s soul itself is filled with music and anything music-related attracts his undivided attention.
Music is his biggest relief and has served him by conquering not only the hearts of the Latin American communities in Canada, but also the hearts of the Canadians that are interested in our Latin culture.
Many different audiences have seen him perform his renditions of “Llanera” melodies about beautiful women, palm trees, and cocktails. Nacho Vargas will be accompanying a select group of young people who share his “Llanera passion” and looks forward to counting the applauses and smiles of all of you.
5:30 PM – 6:15 PM
Michael Romance is a young musician and Latin singer, with a mix of Dominican and Venezuelan blood. In a surprisingly short amount of time he has become more and more recognized in the music world, this, along with his obvious passion, has helped him win the hearts of those who have seen him in action. Romance is very capable and sings the following genres with fluidity like no other: Salsa, merengue, and balada pop. However, the genre that according to him flows through his veins, and the one that he dominates the most impressively, is “bachata”. As well as singing in Spanish, he is also able to sing in French and Portuguese. Finally, he has been nominated on several occasions for the Latin Award Canada prizes.
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
John and Joshua
A collaboration between accordionist John Gonzalez and singer/songwriter Joshua Job featuring a fusion between classic Western indie/alternative rock and Latin melody.
Vancouver Flamenco Collective is the product of three Vancouver based Flamenco dancers, Melanie Meyers, Veronica Stewart and Afifa Lahbabi Eidher. These dancers have a shared philosophy and approach to both teaching and performance. They bring energy, passion and authenticity to the stage. Combined, they have over 40 years of teaching and performance experience through Centro Flamenco and Flamenco Rosario. They perform regularly in Vancouver and with Flamenco Rosario in various local, Canadian and International productions. They are excited to share their love of flamenco with you this evening.
Mozaico Flamenco had its beginnings in LA when Oscar Nieto founded his school and company in 1972. Over the years it has evolved into Vancouver’s renowned Al Mozaico Flamenco Dance Academy, established in 2002 by Oscar Nieto and Kasandra “La China”. The name “Mozaico” honors the mosaic of students from different backgrounds, ages, abilities and circumstances that are drawn to flamenco and are welcomed into the flamenco community. A moving force in the world of flamenco, Mozaico Flamenco has brought countless devotees to the art of flamenco. The company is known for pushing the outer edges of the artistic envelope, impeccable technique, innovation, polish and exuberance.
Flamenco Rosario was founded in 1989 by Artistic Director Rosario Ancer and Musical Director Victor Kolstee. With its Flamenco Festival, mainstage performances, Cuadro Flamenco series, Flamenco Rosario takes pride in creating a platform for Flamenco and young flamenco dancers to flourish in the city of Vancouver. With a loyal, solid and enthusiastic audience, the company usually plays to sold out houses. The company is graced by local talent and guest artists of the highest caliber from around the globe. Flamenco Rosario is known for its spirited, fiery, creative and original performances and collaborations. The company continues to honor both the rich flamenco tradition and to produce presentations, which stretch the boundaries and evolution of the art form.
Argentine Tango Lab is lead by Gabriel Monty who is dancing tango for 15 years. His professional dancing experience started in 1978 when he joined Doina Bucurestiului the most prominent Romanian dance company back then. With Doina Bucurestiului he traveled and performed across Europe. He fell in love with tango on his first trip to Buenos Aires in 2002 and was fascinated by the music and the dance of el tango. Since then, Gabriel often travels back to Buenos Aires competing in the World Championship of Tango (El Campeonato Mundial de Baile de Tango) and performing in famed milongas. Gabriel is also teaching Argentine Tango in Vancouver when he is not travelling.
Samba & Jazz
A film by Jefferson Mello. Brazil and United States, 2015, 87 mins. In Brazilian Portuguese (with English subtitles) and English.
About the film
“Samba and jazz are brothers in blackness. They’re deeply related. They mix together in a way that no other styles do,” insists Alcione, the celebrated Brazilian sambista in the documentary SAMBA & JAZZ. She could also be talking about the cities of Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans, which gave birth to and incubated those trailblazing musical genres in their formative years. Directed by Brazilian photographer and jazz devotee Jefferson Mello, author of “The Paths of Jazz,” this documentary connects the dots between the flourishing of two distinct yet intertwined genres of music on separate continents—samba in the favelas of Rio and jazz on the rollicking streets of New Orleans—while tracing their roots back to Africa.
Told through intimate interviews with key characters, lyrically evocative visuals, and lively street scenes of people dancing and swaying to the brassy, rhythmic tunes, SAMBA & JAZZ chronicles the history and influence of the musical forms in each city—including their traditions, rituals and familiar gathering places, from Central City and Congo Square in the Big Easy to the Gamboa and Madureira neighborhoods in Rio.
Suffused with the vivaciously percussive sounds of samba and the joyfully anarchic improvisations of jazz, the film explores how these musical genres foster connection among people and bind their communities together. Jazz artists in New Orleans, including saxophonist Donald Harrison and trumpeter Greg Stafford, talk about the vital importance of neighborhood pleasure clubs and second line parades and illuminate the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina and the changing face of their city. Sambistas in Rio, like Pretinho da Serrinha and Mestre Atila Gomes, discuss the samba party train, the creation of extravagant parade floats for Carnival, and the influence of venerable samba schools like Imperio Serrano to educate and improve the lives of the next generation and provide a connective tissue for the community. With intimately observed detail, Mello’s probing camera captures the passion, pulse and free-spirit of both samba and jazz and explores how the identity and culture of these unique places are inseparable from the music that shaped them.
About the Filmmaker
Jefferson Mello has been a fashion, advertising, and music photographer for over twenty years. He has directed advertising films and fashion catalogs. Mello wrote The Ways of Jazz, a book for which he spent six years traveling the world—New Orleans, Tokyo, Paris, London, Havana, Sao Paulo, and more—seeking stories about jazz. Mello’s book ultimately became the source of inspiration for his documentary SAMBA & JAZZ. He spoke to Laura Blum, JCC Greenwich, and described the motivation:
“In 1996 I went to New Orleans to start a photographic work about the world of jazz, and I met Gregg Stafford. He took me to see a jazz parade. I was impressed with the amount of visual information on display, and I realized the similarity between jazz and samba. There I got the idea the screenplay. But I was busy photographing for The Ways of Jazz.”
In the Press
“A host of musicians speak with passion and intelligence about the vital role samba and jazz play in their communities. Brazilian photographer and jazz aficionado Jefferson Mello connects the New World’s two most lasting musical genres via their African roots in the enjoyable, upbeat SAMBA & JAZZ. Shuttling between New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro, the novice helmer interviews a host of musicians who speak with passion and intelligence about the vital role music plays in their communities. Black-and-white and color switch off (not always for discernible reasons) in this ebullient celebration with serious grace notes, including the effect of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans’ traditions.”—Variety
“Authentic artistic expression.”—Boston International Film Festival
“Combining polished black-and-white interviews with candid, colorful footage of musical performances taken to the streets, SAMBA & JAZZ shows—although far apart geographically—how the two musical genres not only have similar beats and African roots, but how they’ve also enabled the oppressed to have a space where they can be free.”—Remezcla
Selected Festivals and Awards
Official Selection, Boston International Film Festival
Official Selection, New York Film Festival
Official Selection, Richmond International Film Festival
Official Selection, Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival
Official Selection, San Diego Black Film Festival
Official Selection, Santa Cruz Film Festival
Official Selection, Victoria Film Festival
Best Documentary, Capital City Black Film Festival
Best Documentary Feature, Cinema on the Bayou Festival
Brazilian Film Festival of Miami (BRAFF)
Festival du Film Brésilien de Montréal
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
…and many more
About the Film
VIAJE tells the story of two free spirited, young individuals that do not believe in self-compromise or in matrimonial ties. Destiny makes their paths cross at a party, where the mutual attraction leads them to give into their strongest passions. Luciana and Pedro embark on a trip to Rincón Volcano National Park, the place where they truly find themselves, and discover that love is but another journey.
About The Director
The director studied Collective Communication at the University of Costa Rica (UCR), as well as has a masters in cinema from the London Film School, where she graduated in England with a specialty in Directing and Photography. Her first film “Agua fría de mar” (cold ocean water), won one of the most important prizes that a Central American film has ever received: the Tiger Award at Rotterdam in Holland.