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Sound it Out: David Virelles Continuum



David Virelles Continuum

Sunday, April  20, 7:30 p.m.

“Following in a long line of Cuban-born pianists, Virelles has quickly become an elite New York jazz artist. But his personal vision is full of mystery…” — National Public Radio
Sound It Out presents the David Virelles Continuum with bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Eric McPherson at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 20, 2014, at the Greenwich House Music School in New York City’s West Village. The trio will be previewing music adapted from Virelles’ forthcoming ECM quintet album. The pianist’s Pi Recordings debut – Continuum, a modernist, almost psychedelic refraction of Afro-Cuban ritual sounds – was one of 2012’s most wonderfully exotic and evocative jazz albums, ending up on quite a few best-of-the-year lists. Ben Ratliff’s New York Times review of Virelles’ headlining run at the Village Vanguard last year provides a good preview of what to expect from the trio show at Greenwich House: “Mr. Virelles’s slowly unfolding compositions… cast a shadowy, mysterious feeling in the room. As they changed, he fed them with percussive playing, delicate harmonies and clusters played carefully with a flat hand or a forearm. He’s never haphazard: He’s got a sure touch and multiple musical vocabularies, of which he seems determined to create a synthesis that isn’t schematic or obvious. That he’s choosing to perplex a little, rather than dazzle you, might be one of the best reasons to see him.” 
With his music, David Virelles is taking the folkloric rhythms of Afro-Cuban religious ritual and transmuting them into original, very 21st-century jazz. Virelles says: “I’m not necessarily a participant in this religion, but the culture is where I come from, my identity. Digging into elements of that symbolic drum music and retranslating them into music for here and now helps me find out more about where I come from – and where I’m going. But what inspires me most about the tradition is its aspect of music having a social role – it’s not just art for art’s sake. It has a clear function in society. That ideal is inspiring – not just for me, but for Dezron and Eric, too. The musicians I like to play with most are attuned to this sensibility. I want the music to resonate with a purpose.” 

Tickets: $15 ($12 for students and seniors), available at the door

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