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Mini-Global Mashup: Jazz Piano Meets Venezuela

September 18, 1 pm5 pm.
$15
jazz piano meets venezuela

The Mini-Global Mashups continue through December 2022! Curated by acclaimed trumpeter and composer Frank London (The Klezmatics), the Mini-Global Mashup series is bringing together two amazing global music artists along with accompanists for an afternoon of music, conversation and exploration. Post-show Q&A.

Mini-Global Mashup: Jazz Piano Meets Venezuela presents American jazz artist Amina Claudine Myers and Venezuelan bandola llanera performing artist María Fernanda González.

Amina Claudine Myers is a multi-faceted artist, composer and educator who performs original works of jazz, blues, gospel, spirituals and improvisations for the pipe organ. In 2010, Myers was commissioned by the Chicago Jazz Institute to compose and direct a composition for a 17 piece jazz orchestra in honor of the late and great composer, arranger and pianist Miss Mary Lou Williams’ 100th birthday. Myers has received multiple grants and awards, including National Endowment for the Arts, Meet The Composer, and The New York Foundation for the Arts. She was inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame 2001 and the Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame 2010.

María Fernanda González (Mafer Bandola) is a bandola llanera player, educator, self-taught composer, and journalist from Barquisimeto, Venezuela. She is one of the few women in the world performing the bandola professionally as a solo artist and has competed in and won renown music festivals of Joropo in Venezuela and Colombia. She is also a pioneer, experimenting with genres, sounds, and cross-cultural collaboration in her compositions, becoming the first woman to play the electric version of this instrument in 2016. She is both known as an innovator for her solo work and for her performances with LADAMA, a multinational band of four women from four countries, of which she is a co-founder and current member.

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