April 12 at LPR: Transatlantic Ensemble

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Transatlantic Ensemble, consisting of Imani Winds clarinetist Mariam Adam and pianist Evelyn Ulex perform at Le Poisson Rouge on Friday, April 12th at 7:30 PM. They are joined by guest artists flutist Valerie Coleman, also of Imani Winds, and bandoneon player JP Jofre; the opening act is the out folk-pop duo Christy and Emily. 

I’ve been greatly enjoying Transatlantic Ensemble’s recent CD Crossing America (Eroica, 2012). It features three pieces by Paquito D’Rivera, as well as works by Jeff Scott, V. Coleman, Richard Padron, and Miguel del Aguila. The music deftly combines elements of jazz, concert music (both contemporary and traditional), and several varieties of folk and popular music from Latin America. What’s more, the composers give both Adam and Ulez sizzling riffs and undulating rhythms upon which to groove: a supple, joyous concoction.

Below, check out Jofre’s quintet in full on tango mode.

TransAtlantic Ensemble
Mariam Adam, clarinet; Evelyn Ulex, piano
With special guests Valerie Coleman, flute and J.P. Jofre, bandoneon

Opening Act: Christy and Emily

Friday, April 12, 2013, 7:30 PM (Doors 6:30)

(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY

Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 day of show, available online at lepoissonrouge.com, LPR’s box office, or by calling (212) 505 – 3474.


Paquito D’Rivera – Cape Cod Files
1. Benny at 100
2. Bandoneon
3. Lecuoneras
4. Chiquita Blues

Miguel del Aguila – Pacific Serenade

Jeff Scott – Toccata

Valerie Coleman – Portraits of Langston (with Valerie Coleman, flute)
1. Danse Africaine
2. In Time of Silver Rain
3. Parisian Cabaret
4. Harlem Summer Night
5. Le Grand Duc Mambo

J.P. Jofre – Primavera (with J.P. Jofre, bandoneon)

J.P. Jofre – Tango Suite (with J.P. Jofre, bandoneon)

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