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Feb 13 Thu
1:00pm
Free

Traditional Music Practices and Their Application in Modern Improvisation and Composition

David Virelles
jazz, lectures-symposia
Room 1344 – Schoenberg Music Building

Traditional Music Practices and Their Application in Modern Improvisation and Composition
Lecture by artist-in-residence David Virelles.

Abstract: Traditional music can have the potential to suggest many artistic directions in modern improvisation and composition. Throughout his career, Mr. Virelles has worked with this information in different formats, ranging from solo piano work to electroacoustic soundscapes. In this lecture, he will introduce students to general concepts found in traditional Cuban music. Participants will listen to a variety of examples, audio recordings, and videos, as well as examine foundational material and contemporary works. Mr. Virelles will illustrate ways in which this type of work can inform the students’ own output as improvisers, composers, and instrumentalists.

“…there is a young Cuban pianist named David Virelles, whom I consider a genius.”
Chucho Valdés

Cuban-born pianist David Virelles grew up in a musical home—his father a singer-songwriter and his mother a flutist and music teacher. Even though classically trained at the conservatory, he was also surrounded by many types of music in the culturally rich Santiago while growing up. Eventually, Virelles also discovered Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, and Andrew Hill, and he would soon start studying the connections between this musical tradition and those from his birthplace. Since his arrival in NYC, he has appeared on live concerts and recordings with musicians as distinct as Steve Coleman, Mark Turner, Henry Threadgill, Andrew Cyrille, Chris Potter, Wadada Leo Smith, Tom Harrell, Milford Graves, and Ravi Coltrane. Virelles is a Shifting Foundation Fellow, a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts, Louis Applebaum Award and Jazz Gallery Commission. While a student at Humber College in Toronto he won the Oscar Peterson Prize, presented by Peterson himself. David’s 2012 release Continuum (Pi Recordings) united Andrew Cyrille, Ben Street, and Román Díaz. This album ended on many “Best Of The Year” lists, including The New York Times. Since then, he has released three more albums on the Munich label ECM to critical acclaim, documenting a wide sonic range – Mbóko (a book of compositions commissioned by The Jazz Gallery), Antenna, and his latest Gnosis – these last two works were made possible by the generous support of The Shifting Foundation. Virelles was named #1 Rising Star in the Piano category by DownBeat in 2017. He is also one of the 2018 Cristobal Díaz Ayala Travel Grant recipients.

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The Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

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