Ellio Villafranca Quartet

 

October 12th, 2008
Dolan’s Warehouse
€15/12

“Elio Villfranca’s playing… is like a quiet volcano, starting slowly, gradually building in intensity, until the music erupts in a cascade of sound, rhythm and color” Philadelphia Tribune

Music Network Presents:

Jazz Tour – Elio Villafranca Jazz Quartet (Cuba/Canada)

  • Elio Villafranca, piano
  • Jane Bunnett, flute/saxophone
  • Yunior Terry, acoustic bass
  • Ludwig Afonso, drums

“Elio Villfranca’s playing… is like a quiet volcano, starting slowly, gradually building in intensity, until the music erupts in a cascade of sound, rhythm and color” Philadelphia Tribune

Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca is one of the rising stars of the US and Latin jazz scenes and in 2003 his debut album Incantations/Encantaciones was selected as one of the albums of the year by Jazz Times Magazine. Noted for his razor-sharp technique, harmonic vision and rhythmic panache, Villafranca effortlessly fuses classical, bebop and African influences with the musical traditions of his native Cuba, while remaining a true individualist. As well as leading his own band, he has performed with such luminaries as Pat Martino, Jon Faddis, Sonny Fortune, Dave Valentin, Lenny White and Horacio “El Negro” Hernández.

October 12th, 2008
Dolan’s Warehouse
€15/12

Biography:

Pianist and composer Elio Villafranca was born in the Pinar del Rio province of Western Cuba and classically trained in percussion and composition at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba. Since his arrival in the U.S., Villafranca has been involved in East and West coast jazz and Latin jazz scenes. His music, inspired by jazz and Afro Cuban music, creates a unique cultural and musical fusion, with spirited, groundbreaking innovations.

In 2003 Jazz Times Magazine recognized his reputation for musical excellence by selecting his debut album Incantations/Encantaciones (Universal/Pimienta) as one of the top 50 best jazz albums of the year.
Beyond mainstream press, Villafranca has gained the recognition of Latin and jazz music elite. As a sideman Villafranca has collaborated with Jon Faddis, Sonny Fortune, Lenny White, Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, Ralph Peterson, Giovanni Hidalgo, Mark Egan, Eddie Henderson, Miguel Zenon, Candido Camero, Ray Vega, and Johnny Pacheco. Recently Villafranca completed separate European tours with Grammy Nominated Blue Note recording artists saxophonist Jane Bunnett, and guitarist Pat Martino, with whom he performed at various world-renowned venues including the Blue Note Jazz Festival in Ghent, Belgium, the Blue Note Jazz Club in Milan, Italy, the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy, and the North Sea Jazz Festival at The Hague, Holland.

Elio Villafranca’s Quartet has featured an array of great musicians such as Pat Martino, Terell Stafford, Eric Alexander, Casey Benjamin, Jane Bunnett, Carlos Henriquez, Dafnis Prieto, Francisco Mela, among others. With his Quartet Villafranca has toured nationally and internationally, performing at Jazz a Beaune Festival in France and the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City. Villafranca has composed and arranged original music soundtracks for PBS documentaries and a variety of independent films, and is resident professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Villafranca currently resides in New York City and is represented by Gail Boyd Artist Management.

On this tour Villafranca is joined by Juno Award winner and Grammy nominee Jane Bunnett, who has spent the last twenty five years touring her own brand of Cuban jazz around the world while producing a string of highly-acclaimed albums, including Red Dragonfly (2004), which was inspired by Japanese and Native American folk melodies. The line-up is completed by bassist Yunior Terry and drummer Ludwig Afonso, both with impeccable Latin jazz credentials: Terry has toured with Eddie Palmieri, The Latin Jazz All Stars, Dave Valentin, Steve Coleman and Steve Turre among others, while Afonso has worked with such legends as Ira Sullivan, Latin Grammy winner Nestor Torres and Eddie “Gua Gua” Rivera.