www.RobertaOnTheArts.com and AC Pianocraft, Inc.
Piano-Plus Jazz Series to Benefit New Orleans Musicians Clinic
Nine Concerts, Once/Month
October, 2005 through June, 2006
8:00 - 10:00 PM
$20/Ticket, At the Door, Includes 8 - 10 PM Concert, Wine,
and Hors d'Oeuvres
PLUS! A Spa Raffle for a Choice Treatment at www.spaja.com !
(Bring Business Cards)
(See a Review of the First Seven Events)
Elio Villafranca on 1974 Vintage Steinway
(Elio Villafranca Website)
(See Elio Villafranca CD Review)
Richie Flores on Congas
Josh Robinson on Cajón
A. C. Pianocraft, Inc.
333 West 52nd Street
NY, NY 10019
Ask for Alex
(See a Showroom and Piano Restoration Tour
and Owner Interview at A. C. Pianocraft, Inc.)
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
May 1, 2006
Elio Villafranca on elegantly restored Steinway, Richie Flores on congas, and Josh Robinson on cajón performed a selection of songs that combined traditional Cuban Music and Elio’s original compositions. Elio focused on 1950's Cuban “Descargas” style, in which pianists Frank Emilio, Pedro "Peruchin" Justiz, and Bebo Valdes were accompanied by bassist Israel “Cachao” Lopez. “Gustavo Tamayo and Tata Guinesin on congas were the masters”, says Elio, “and in a way it was a tribute to them”.
Program: (Program Notes from Elio Villafranca)
Elio Villafranca on Vintage 1974 ebony restored Steinway, Richie Flores on congas, and Josh Robinson on cajón. .
Mulata Rumbera Composed by Alejandro Rodriguez.
M.S. Blues (fast 6/8) Intro Guiro y Guataca. Composed by Elio Villafranca.
Oguere's Cha (slow intro effects) Composed by Elio Villafranca.
Los Dos Solitos Cajon Peruano with Josh Robinson.
Negrita Prende la Vela (solo on 6/8 y Bomba) Composed by Lucho Bermudez.
Manicero/Capullito de Aleli
Rareza de Siglo Composed by Bebo Valdes.
RobertaOnTheArts.com and AC Pianocraft, Inc. are Co-Producers of a Piano-Plus Jazz Series, a series of Benefits for New Orleans Musicians Clinic (Post-Hurricane Katrina), held in the elegant showroom of AC Pianocraft, Inc., Midtown West, NYC.
Owner Alex Kostakis generously provided an antique Steinway & Sons piano. This instrument has been restored to perfection by craftsman at AC Pianocraft, Inc., so it looks and sounds as beautiful as ever.
The growing list of sponsors of this Series includes: www.ExploreDance.com and Robert Abrams, Webmaster of RobertaOnTheArts.com, www.SpaJa.com (gift certificate raffles), a new Brazilian Spa on West 56th Street at 8th Avenue, NYC; Matles Florist http://www.florists.ftd.com/matles/ (Flower Arrangements), TWINZ Records http://www.twinzrecords.com/ (Sound Equipment), Zuni Restaurant www.zuniny.com , 9th Avenue at 43rd Street (Buffet Platters), Amish Market http://www.amishfinefood.com/indexx.php , 9th Avenue at 49th Street (Buffet Platters), Amarone Restaurant at 9th Avenue at 48h Street http://www.lunapienanyc.com/amarone.htm (Buffet Platters), Commerce Bank http://www.commerceonline.com/, Sortie Flamenco Club, www.JazzItalia.net (Publicity), and Hot House Jazz Magazine http://www.hothousejazz.com/ (Publicity).
Plus assistance from JazzPromo@earthlink.net , AC Pianocraft, Inc. Staff, and Bethany Ewald Bultman of New Orleans Musicians Clinic, NOMC Program Director www.wwoz.org/clinic.
Final Piano-Plus event in this nine-event jazz series is:
June 5, 2006: New Orleans Mix with Lenore Raphael Trio and Kuni Mikami Duo Piano.
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