Review by Adam Parker for The Post and Courier:
“Alonso and Terry, Cuban-born and trained, and the French-American Dharamraj are paving a new course, one that wholly relies on their refined abilities while embracing that dangerous, edgy quality one finds in complex jazz and lots of contemporary classical music.” Read full review —>
Review by Chris Haire for the Charleston City Paper:
Having a very limited background in jazz but having written about music for many, many years, I tried to think of the best way to capture what I was hearing without getting into the soulless, paint-by-number details that far too often ensnare writers, particularly when writing about jazz or other instrumental music. And so, I decided to let the music tell me a story, in this case a short film. Read full review —>
FROM RIO TO HAVANA
A round-trip voyage of Cuban and Brazilian Music.
Angelica de la Riva, soprano
Orlando Alonso, piano
When: June 5th at 4p.m.
Where: Trinity Cathedral Miami
464 NE 16th Street
Miami, Florida 33132
In a concert celebrating the heritage of Cuba and the city hosting the
2016 Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, Soprano Angelica de la Riva and pianist Orlando Alonso
perform music by Brazilian and Cuban masters including Heitor Villa-Lobos, Carlos Gomes, Al-
berto Costa, Ernesto Lecuona, Jorge Anckermann, Ignacio Cervantes, José María Vitier and
Spanish composer Xavier Montsalvatge at the historical Trinity Cathedral of Miami.
The Alonso Brothers Live in Miami
June 2, 2016 | 7:30 PM
Steinway Piano Gallery
4104 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, Florida.
Buy Tickets: http://thealonsobrothersmiami.bpt.me/
Cuban-born brothers Orlando Alonso and Orlay Alonso will share the stage and the keyboard- performing four hands in their New York concert on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 7:30 PM at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Coral Gables.
Spoleto Festival (Charleston)
May 28 – 31
Drawn to the idea that a blend of traditions would speak to the true voice of the Americas, Yosvany Terry (saxophone and chékere), Orlando Alonso (piano), and Yves Dharamraj (cello) pooled their cultural and musical backgrounds to form the Bohemian Trio in 2013. Together, they forge a new identity—a polyphony of cultures—that transcends old-world boundaries. Bohemian Trio intertwines earthy, Afro-Cuban rhythms with sweeping classical melodies, jazz improvisation, and the celebration of Latin dance to transport its audiences to an inspired and fantastical place, though one longing for a bygone era at odds with the modern world. Grounded in both distinct formal traditions and abstract ideas, each member exhibits his own brand of technical prowess and invention, creating an extension of the familiar. Their musical narratives—deftly woven into original and commissioned works—simultaneously evoke joy, nostalgia, and passion.
The Jazz Gallery
1160 Broadway, 5th Floor (at 27th Street)
New York, NY 10001
Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Bohemian Trio returns to the Jazz Gallery on Thursday, May 19th to perform two sets at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Showcasing their signature sound, an original blend of Classical lyricism, Jazz harmony, Latin dance, and Afro-Cuban beats, their repertoire reflects the group’s diverse cultural and musical backgrounds. Comprised of Yosvany Terry (sax and chékere), Yves Dharamraj (cello) and Orlando Alonso (piano), the trio will premiere works specially written for the ensemble by Pedro Giraudo, Emilio Solla, Sonia Jacobsen, Alexis Cuadrado, Ramon Polo, and Cristina Spinei. A surprise guest will join the group.
Vitier will perform as pianist in his Misa Cubana with the Westerville Symphony, the Otterbein University combined choirs and Capriccio Columbus in a performance conducted by Otterbein professor Gayle Walker, this Sunday, April 24 at 5 p.m. in Fritsche Theatre of Otterbein University’s Cowan Hall.
This month, the sounds and rhythms of Cuba have spread across the campus of Otterbein University in Westerville.
Cuban composer and pianist Jose Maria Vitier — accompanied by his wife, Silvia Rodriguez Rivero — has taken part in a residency there since April 1. While in central Ohio, the Havana native has given master classes and heard his work featured in concerts.
This weekend, as he nears the conclusion of his visit, the Westerville Symphony will perform one of his most popular works, a Roman Catholic Mass titled “Misa Cubana.”
For the Sunday concert, the orchestra will join Capriccio Columbus and three university ensembles: the Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorale and Concert Choir. Vitier and Dean Marcellana will play the piano parts.
Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 7:30 PM at Cary Hall at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music.
Cuban-born brothers Orlando Alonso and Orlay Alonso will share the stage –and the keyboard- performing four hands in their New York concert on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 7:30 PM at Cary Hall at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Tickets available at http://thealonsobrothers.bpt.me