‘Okónkolo’ by Bohemian Trio Review: Chamber Music Without Borders
Classical, jazz and Afro-Cuban sounds meld together on an album that defies genre.
“Together, these musicians honor heritages that blur more than reinforce borders: the blend of European and African traditions that centuries ago amounted to a New World; and the sweet spot sought by many contemporary composers, especially in New York, grounded more in creativity than genre.” – Larry Blumenfeld (Wall Street Journal)
Read full review HERE
Pianist Orlando Alonso will perform at “Joshua Bell: Seasons of Cuba” concert at Lincoln Center, on Nov.1, 2016. This historic event, hosted by Lincoln Center Present, will air on PBS on December 16.
With Joshua Bell, Dave Matthews, Carlos Varela, Larisa Martinez, Yosvany Terry, Aldo López-Gavilan, Jorge Gómez, The Chamber Orchestra of Havana, and more…
Cuban-born brothers Orlando Alonso and Orlay Alonso will share the stage and the keyboard- performing four hands in their Columbus, Ohio concert on October 25th, 2016 at 8:00 PM at Weigel Hall at The Ohio State University.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door, available at http://alonsobrothers.bpt.me
Orlay Alonso is the host alongside Christopher Purdy of a groundbraking radio show for WOSU Public Media Classical 101 dedicated to the music of Cuba. The show airs the month of September, every Saturday at Noon and Sunday at 1 PM. Tune in! http://radio.wosu.org/post/orlay-alonso-and-musica-cubana
Terry’s sound is most distinctive on soprano, and “Tarde en La Lisa” was the best example of the exuberance and plenitude of his ideas. Alonso’s backing had steely force as the composer played the line, a perfect launch pad for the soprano rant that followed. Then the piano was an island of calm, setting us up for a full round of vigorous Bohemian solos before Terry circled back to the melody. “Hiroshima,” the placid finale on the Giraudo Jazz Orchestra’s 2009 El Viaje release, was not radically altered at all as the Bohemians’ valedictory. Dharamraj eloquently played the line before Alonso and Terry, still on soprano, paid their soulful, subdued respects. Continue reading —->
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 —>