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Paquito D’Rivera

Paquito D’Rivera, cl & sax
Diego Urcola, tp
Pepe Rivero, p
Oscar Stagnaro, b
Mark Walker, dr
Yuvisney Aguilar Rojas, perc

Born in Havana Cuba and winner of fourteen Grammy Awards, Paquito D’Rivera was a child prodigy who was playing the clarinet and the saxophone and performing with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra at a very early age. He is a founding member of the “Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna” and co-director of “Irakere” whose explosive mixture of Jazz, Rock, Classical and traditional Cuban music had never been heard before. His numerous recordings have received rave reviews and hit the top of the jazz charts. With his ensembles, he tours throughout the world. In 1991 Mr. D’Rivera received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Latin music, along with Dizzy Gillespie and Gato Barbieri. In 1997 he became recipient of his second Grammy Award with his record, the highly acclaimed, "Portraits of Cuba" and in the year 2000 he won a third Grammy for his "Tropicana Nights" alongside a nomination in the classical category for his "Music of Two Worlds" and a further Grammy was received for Paquito D’Rivera Quintet, "Live at the Blue Note". He was also nominated in the Classical Crossover category for "The Clarinetist Vol. I", on the German label Peregrina. D’Rivera is well-known for his compositions in addition to his extraordinary performing career. His music shows his versatility and wide-ranging influences, from Afro-Cuban ritual melodies to the music of the dance halls, through rhythms encountered in his wide-ranging travels to his origins as a "classical" performer. Today Mr. D’Rivera, celebrated for a music career that blurs the line between genres, is widely respected as a magnificent composer. Paquito’s discography includes over 30 solo albums, which demonstrates his extraordinary abilities in Bebop, classical and Latin/Caribbean music.


Tue. 31st March -
Sat. 4th April 2015

1st Concert 7:30 p.m.
(Doors 7:00 p.m.)

2nd concert 10:00 p.m.
(Doors 9:30 p.m.)

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