RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Direct from Havana, Habana Sax brings its Cuban sound to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, March 20, at 8 p.m.
Their unique brand of Cuban rhythms fuses diverse musical styles like Latin jazz, hip-hop, swing, classical and funk. Mauricio Gutierrez Upman, the lone drummer, and four saxophone players, Jorge Almeida, Eduardo Fernandez, Angel Ballester and Evaristo Denis, create music for everyone.
They start with the simple sounds of jazz based on traditional music, then give it a gentle edge with African chant, a cappella, salsa and sounds of rap. The musicians dare to add traditional symphonic pieces and enhance the mix with a rich texture of horn-jazz. Finally the group binds their musical exploration with an attitude -the pounding Latin percussion and the five musicians on their knees, hammering out the rhythm on stage.
Before this performance, 109 Cheese and Wine invited all ticket holders a free wine tasting in the lobby at 6:45 p.m. with an art exhibit featuring the work of Cuban artist Ibrahim Miranda. Artwork courtesy of Discoveries in Art, LLC/Terri and Steven Certilman.
Visit Toozy Patza Pizza (991 Danbury Road, Ridgefield) for dinner before the show and enjoy free glass of house wine with dinner when tickets are presented.
"Habana Sax are one of the most extraordinary and unique musical groups in the world. Period. Habana Sax are new music in every sense of the phrase; they are at once uncompromising, fascinating, rigorous and entertaining. They gave a virtuosic, exhausting and triumphant performance from start to finish. Watch and listen. Their virtuosity, their all-around musicality leaps at you from the first note, and remains the first order of business all night, no matter if they’re singing, dancing, rapping or trading instruments in the middle of the song,” says New York reviewer, Paul Rapp.
The Ridgefield Playhouse is at 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield.
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