Theme & Variations are supporting Brisbane Festival 2009

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6:30 PM Saturday, 26 September 2009

Northshore Riverside Park, on the Brisbane River, Hamilton, Brisbane, Queensland 

Relax under the stars with Handel, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Gershwin, a glass of wine and glorious surroundings. 

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Theme & Variations also supported:


Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés

8pm, Friday, 18 September, Concert Hall, QPAC, Brisbane, Queensland Australia 

Globally recognised as the ‘Godfather of Latin jazz’, five-time Grammy award-winning Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés is playing one night only and exclusively for Brisbane Festival 2009. 

A major player in the movement that took post-revolutionary, Afro-Cuban music into the mainstream, Valdés formed jazz bands Irakere, the first Cuban band to win a Grammy, in the seventies, and Crisol who also scored a Grammy, in the nineties. This decade his album ‘Live at the Village Vanguard’, recorded with his acoustic quartet, earned him the best Latin Jazz album accolade. He has performed with Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Carlos Santana and George Benson in the most prestigious venues of more than 50 countries and released more than 50 recordings.

Hot off the heels of his latest headline performances at Jazz Festivals across South America, marked by sell out tours, packed rooms and standing ovations, this charismatic performer brings the real spirit of Cuba to Brisbane, steeped in Latin tradition, infused with jazz and fuelled by revolution.

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Piano: Chucho Valdés on a Steinway Model D 9′ Concert Grand
Bass: Lázaro Rivero Alarcón
Drums: Juan Carlos Rojas Castro
Percussion: Yaroldy Abreu Robles
Voice: Mayra Caridad Valdés

“Cuban piano master Chucho Valdés… hurtling through the mix of high-pressure virtuosity, cliffhanging improvisation and party-time salsa that made his legendary band Irakere a sensation 30 years ago – and which he still throws off as easily if he were whistling in the street.” The Guardian (UK) 

“Valdés is the greatest jazz pianist in Cuba, perhaps one of the greatest in the world.” TIME magazine

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