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WSJ review of Bohemian Trio debut album “Okónkolo”

Bohemian Trio

‘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

Bohemian Trio review from Jazz Times

Spoleto_Bohemian_20Trio_Julia_20Lynn_20Photography 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: Bohemian Trio and the dreams of childhood

Bohemian Trio

Bohemian Trio

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 —>

Review: “Opening Night” Sets High Bar For Symphony

“The hqdefaultCuban pianist Jorge Luis Prats, barred for 30 years from performing in the U.S., took Rachmaninoff, the audience and the entire orchestra, as well, into his superbly talented hands. If ever a reason was needed to end the embargo, Prats was it. His second Concerto was heart-stopping and heart-breaking in turns, and brought the house to its feet for an unstoppable applause that led a moved Prats to deliver an almost unbelievable three encores: Ignacio Cervantes’ “Danzas Cubanas,” Ernesto Lecuona’s “Mazurka” and Richard Wagner’s “Liebestod” (Liszt’s arrangement) from “Tristan and Isolde.” The year ahead has a high bar to reach, to match this.”

Online Merker’s review of Prats’ concert with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra

spendeHere is an excerpt of the wonderful review from the Online Merker of Prats’ concert with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (follow the link below to read the entire review):
“However, the highlight of the night was the Cuban pianist Jorge Luis Prats and his annoyingly fine interpretation of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. What a magnificent pianist! A modest lovable person sat down at the piano, making music without theatrics and brings in the most natural and self-evident brilliance of the stars from the sky.” – Gerhard Hoffmann (Online Merker)

Read entire interview…