Acclaimed jazz pianist set for Mahidol conference

music December 22, 2017 14:20

By THE NATION

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Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, whose stylings have been compared to those of Keith Jarrett and Thelonious Monk, will bring his trio to Thailand next month for a gig at Mahidol University’s College of Music.



Rodriguez, bassist-guitarist Munir Hossn and drummer Michael Olivera will perform as part of the Thailand International Jazz Conference taking place from January 26 to 28.

 

The conference is more than just performances, though. It’s designed as an educational series, aimed at inspiring musicians and sharing knowledge, and features competitions for soloists and improvisers. There’s even a jazz camp from January 22 to 24.

Rodriguez was born in Havana in 1985 and began his musical studies in percussion at age seven and in piano at age 10. He attended the Manuel Saumell and Amadeo Roldan conservatories.

 

In his music he tells stories about growing up in Cuba, famed for its rich and diverse musical traditions. Granted asylum in the US in 2009, he was mentored by Quincy Jones, who has called Rodriguez “one of the most prolific and gifted pianists of the 21st century”.

Seats are on sale at www.ThaiTicketMajor.com.