The impressive concentration of jazz musicians and aficionados in New Mexico owes itself largely to the collective efforts of the Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque, The Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Jazz Foundation. These three non profit organizations have toiled tirelessly for years to enrich New Mexico by presenting concerts, providing educational opportunities, and promoting the arts throughout the state. Above all else in their collective efforts, however, is the New Mexico Jazz Festival, an annual celebration of all things jazz that assembles elite local musicians and eminent jazz masters alike to bask in the glory of community and vibrant music. This year’s two-week long festival is set to highlight the talents of multiple Juno Award-winning Jane Bunnett and her exhilarating all-female group Maqueque. The sextet’s music is best described by their name itself; Maqueque means “the spirit of a young girl” when translated into English, and their brilliant improvisational Afro-Cuban jazz is an exploration into the delight and wonder of youth. If you are looking for a way to escape the drone-like predictability of the world, kick-start that journey for $30 this Thursday and Friday, July 20 and 21, at the Outpost Performance Space, a venue whose intimacy will enhance the deeply personal and enthusiastic performance. (Adam Wood)
Thursday July 20, 2017
Albuquerque, NM 87106
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Multiple Juno Award winner, flutist, saxophonist and pianist, Jane Bunnett and her group comprising some of Cuba's most promising female musicians perform live.
Multiple Juno Award winner, flutist, saxophonist and pianist, Jane Bunnett has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the U.S and Cuba. She has been nominated for several Grammy Awards and received The Order of Canada, The Queens Diamond Jubilee, and The Premiers Award for Excellence. An internationally acclaimed musician, Bunnett is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring and courageous artistry. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music and her ability to embrace and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking. She has toured the world and as an educator, spokesperson and social activist, she remains unafraid to explore uncharted territory in her quest for excellence.
In 2013, Bunnett created her latest group, Maqueque, comprising some of Cuba's most promising female musicians. They have been turning heads internationally since their self titled debut release in 2014, which received a Juno award for Best Group Jazz Album of the Year. "Maqueque" in the Yoruban language translates to "the spirit of a young girl," which Bunnett says captures the vibe of the group and the song that shares its name. They release their second CD, Oddara in fall 2016 of which LatinJazzNet wrote, Oddara fills the air with intoxicating spirit of joy and electricity... their shape-shifting enthusiasm is contagious." Maqueque features Jane Bunnett, saxophone & flute; plus Elizabeth Rodriguez , violin and vocals; Dánae Olano, piano; Celia Jiménez, bass; Magdelys Savigne, batá drums and congas; and Yissy Garcia, drums.