From Spain with love

Richard Johnson

Saturday, November 10, 2012

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MUSIC of the world was on show at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston last Wednesday.

The event, dubbed An evening of Jazz Flamenco Fusion, was organised by the Embassy of Spain in association with the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation and the Arts Foundation of the Edna Manley College.

The main act was the Spanish CMS Trio featuring Perico Sambeat on saxophone, Javier Colina on bass and Marc Miralta on drums.

The evening's repertoire took patrons on a musical journey around the world as they drew on musical influences from the United States, Cuba, Mexico, South Africa, and, of course, their native Spain.

Thelonious Monk's Teal was the curtain-raiser and truly set the bar for the evening's presentations.

Miralta's drum work was truly impressive as it kept pace while the other two instruments added lustre and flair.

Staying with American composers, they followed Monk with Love for Sale by Cole Porter.

For this work, Flamenco artiste Sara Barrero Ferreiro brought the spirit of Spain and its dance expression to New Kingston.

She employed sharp, sensuous movements to her interpretation of the work, while using the characteristic flounce of her costume's skirt to accentuate every twist and turn.

Jamaican dancer Kerry Ann Henry was utilised by the trio when they stopped in Cuba.

The Afro-Cuban Lullaby allowed Colina to explore the chords of his upright bass. Delicately plucking at his strings, he produced a haunting, yet sweet melody, completed by Miralta tapping on the drums, conga-style. Henry's lithe body rippled and swayed to each beat as she added the visual dimension to the largely auditory experience.

The smooth, sombre tones of the trio continued as they moved to Mexico with a bolero piece by Consuelo Velasquez, noted for her work Besame Mucho. This time round it was the deeply painful Verva Amalga.

The mood would soon change as the trio ventured to the African continent with a spirited performance of Miriam Makeba's Patta Patta.

Guitarist Samuele Vivian who 'guested', added a highlife sound to the performance. Again, dancer Henry, joined by Marlon Simms, put movement to the spirited work.

Their encore would bring the house down. With the flamenco dancer kicking up her heels at a frentic pace, an evening of great music came to an end.




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