We are pleased to announce the world premier of Edward Simon's "House of Numbers" featuring jazz quartet Afinidad and the Imani Winds.
Location: Faye Spanos Concert Hall, University of the Pacific
Date/Time: Friday, September 9, 2016; 7:30pm
Tickets: General Admission $20/Students $10
Purchase tickets online here.
The process by which Simon became an internationally regarded jazz musician began in the small coastal town of Cardón, Venezuela, where he grew up surrounded by the sounds of Latin and Caribbean music. Born in 1969, Simon credits his father, Hadsy, for developing his passion for music and supporting him and his two brothers, Marlon and Michael, to become professional musicians. Read more here.
Simon's "House of Numbers" is a 40-minute suite in four movements that explores not only the cross-cultural resonance of numerology but also the exponential musical possibilities that arise when jazz and classical artists combine. In House of Numbers, Simon draws on musical traditions from Europe, Africa, North America and South America, blending composed structures with sections for improvisation. Read more here.
Afinidad is a forward-minded jazz ensemble co-led by pianist Edward Simon and saxophonist David Binney, with the kindred-spirit rhythm section of bassist Scott Colley and drummer Brian Blade. The Simon-Binney partnership is based on a 25-year affinity, their musical visions as simpatico as their personalities. Read more here.
Extolled by the Washington Post as "exuding a sultry sophistication during performances", Imani Winds has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. Since 1997, the Grammy nominated quintet has taken a unique path, carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, adventurous collaborations, and inspirational outreach programs. With two member composers and a deep commitment to commissioning new work, the group is enriching the traditional wind quintet repertoire while meaningfully bridging European, American, African and Latin American traditions.
The performance of Edward Simon and Afinidad, presented in collaboration with Western Michigan University and Walton Institute, is supported by Presenter Consortium for jazz, a program of Chamber Music America funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.