For composer Edgar Abrahams, it’s a great pleasure to be on a show with audiences again and again when it comes to an event that To commemorate 500 years of the founding of the capital city.
“I am extremely grateful to the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture (ICP) and the people in charge of the activity. During the pandemic, the institute has not allowed the culture to die, it has been helpful in supporting artists when there is no need to be on stage in person. The opportunity was not there. Now we are going to let people enjoy their Caribbean rhythms and Latin American fusion”, said the musician and teacher.
In this activity, Edgar Abrahams will premiere the single “Giant Steps” by John Coltrane, which features new arrangements that include various instruments such as saxophone, bass, drums, piano and percussion.
in addition to the following Edgar Abrahams, Special Events”jazz en La Sede” will feature performances by Sammy Morales and Janice Massenet. The free open-air concert will begin this Saturday, September 11, at 4:00 p.m. on the roof of ICP Headquarters, also known as the charity’s old shelter, located in the Ballaja neighborhood in Old San Juan.
“It is an honor for me to participate in such an event with such talented collaborators, as the ICP has worked tirelessly to highlight the culture and work of different artists in their various branches. San Juan is one such The city is known to the whole world. It is an opportunity to embrace our roots and show respect to our city”, commented the musician, who announced that he would hear Caribbean drums at his performance that afternoon, Afro- Symbol of descendants whom he holds with great pride.
The event “Jazz en la Sede” is a co-production of ICP with 71 Associates, who specialize in the development of artists and events of the independent music scene in Puerto Rico.
“At ICP we are celebrating 500 years of San Juan and what better way to celebrate it than with great music and the best views of our historic city. Edgar Abrahams, Sammy Morales and Janice Massenet bring us to an event like this What better place than the Puerto Rico Institute of Culture, the home of culture in Puerto Rico, which will be a milestone in jazz music in Puerto Rico. The headquarters has become a place of creation of arts and culture. Our Puerto Rican artists and musicians have a home in Ballajá, the headquarters of the ICP is also the headquarters of culture”, expressed ICP executive director Carlos Ruiz through a written communication about the event which involved the fields of handicrafts, plastics There will be art and cooking.
For his part, Edgar Abrahams highlighted the importance of the support provided by ICP and 71 Associates to artists during the pandemic by creating over 150 virtual presentations featuring exponents from different genres. In addition, they are now embracing the reality by holding face-to-face events in which measures to maintain health are taken.
Edgar Abrahams has been a music lover since childhood, something his father gave him, who for three decades belonged to the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra.
His talent has inspired him to travel the world and get great prizes. In 2005, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for his TV special, “Edgar Abraham at the 2004 Heineken Jazz Fest”, which has performed in over 70 countries on PBS. In 2007, he was nominated for a Grammy as a Composer for the Symphonic Choir category. In addition, as a collaborator and composer for Cal 13, he won three Latin Grammys for his compositions and arrangements in 2009, 2010 and 2014.
The jazz player is also a professor and is currently pursuing a doctorate in music.
“There are two kinds of music, good music and bad music, whatever the genre. I love music in all expressions, from ‘hip hop’ to ‘spoken word’. I believe that all musicians should have their own space and platform to express themselves, as long as the music is made with taste and seriousness, because once a recording is done it will last for eternity. It happens that it happens at a level that can be passed on to future generations. ”, highlighted the composer who has worked with both the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and Calle 13, Resident and Kani García.
The use of masks and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will be required at all times at the event, open to the general public. For the convenience of the attendees, one chair per person will be allowed.