Stanford Jazz Workshop has commissioned a new work of World Music
by Cuban composer and saxophonist Yosvany Terry. The suite of music
will explore the enduring legacy of the Arará culture that
came from West Africa and continues to thrive in Cuba and throughout
the Caribbean. These influences can also be felt in the United States,
as its folkloric traditions trickled into the early music of New
Orleans, which eventually developed into jazz.
The piece will look at the common rhythms and other
animating aspects of Arará cultural traditions and develop
a musical language to express them as a contemporary sound. “It
is important to preserve the roots and tradition of today's music
and help the new generations understand our cultural heritage,” says
Mr. Terry. He believes that “awareness of our heritage allows
us to erase barriers of continents and races, thus sending a unifying
message to our communities.” Through a series of workshops
and concerts, our hope is to engage audiences in thinking about and
understanding the shared traditions found in today’s music.
Mr. Terry will be joined by some of today’s brightest
stars of Afro-Carribbean, West African, and jazz music including
Roman Diaz (drums), Dominic Kanza (guitar), Pedro
Martinez (percussion), Osmany Paredes (piano), Justin Brown (drums),
and Yunior Terry (bass).
This project is made possible by a generous grant from
The New York State Music Fund established by the New York State Attorney
General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.