Acclaimed visiting musicians Rodrigo Invernizzi, Orion Morales, Ella Ponce and Daniel Fuenzalida will conclude a week-long residency at the University of Pittsburgh with a free recital to share their music and experience with students, faculty and the general public. On piano, vibraphone, bass, guitar and percussion, they will play South American songs and original compositions that are inspired in roots music of Chile and the Andes.
Hailing from different musical worlds—including folk, jazz and classical—these musicians (along with Pittsburgh-based artists Emily Pinkerton and José Puentes, and Boston-based Jorge Pérez-Albela) were first brought together to participate in a showcase of Chilean composers during the 2013 Panama Jazz Festival. The performance, part of an on-going project of jazz composer and saxophonist Patricia Zárate called “Tributo a Chile,” was a resounding success, and Invernizzi, Morales, Ponce, Fuenzalida, Pinkerton, Puentes and Pérez resolved to work together again.
Each musician brings a wealth of experience to the group, and their repertoire on Oct. 4th will include rhythms that stretch from the northern Andes to the heart of Chile’s central valley.
Pianist and composer Orion Morales has shared the stage with Jean Luc Ponty, Susana Baca and Tom Patitucci, and was distinguished in 2011 with the Luis Advis prize, one of the highest awards for composition in Chile. Guitarist and composer Rodrigo Invernizzi has played with pillars of songwriting and folk music in Chile, including Hugo Moraga and Catalina Rojas, and is a long time collaborator with the traditional culture archives at the National Library. Ella Ponce, percussionist and composer, plays with the National Symphony of Panama and tours with her chamber ensemble, Mixturas, that combines jazz, classical and roots music of the Americas. Daniel Fuenzalida, part of the Concepción Symphonic Orchestra, is also a sought-after bassist who plays with cutting edge folk and fusion groups including Cuarteto la Higuera and Sinestesia. In Pittsburgh, these musicians will reunite with singer/songwriter/ethnomusicologist Emily Pinkerton, who has performed Chilean music for almost two decades, and bassist José Puentes of Venezuela, who tours with virtuoso folk violinist, Eddy Marcano. Also joining the group will be Peruvian percussionist Jorge Pérez-Albela, who specializes in Afro-Peruvian and jazz, and has toured with artists including Eva Ayllón, María Schneider and Danilo Pérez.
This event is co-organized by the Department of Music and the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh, as well as Chatham University’s Global Focus Year of Chile, and the National Council of Culture and the Arts in Chile.