22nd Dominican Republic Jazz Festival Celebrates the Power of the Human Voice

The 22nd Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, sponsored by FEDUJAZZ and the Ministry of Tourism, successfully concluded a stunning four-city free concert and music education workshop tour of the northern island with acclaimed international artists. Thousands attended each show in Sosua, Puerto Plata, and Cabarete, on October 26 and from November 1-4, 2018. The concerts were held outdoors, at Centro Leon in Santiago, the town square in Puerto Plata and right on the beach in Sosua and Cabarete.

The Festival began in Santiago on October 26th with celebrated Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda and beloved Dominican singer Pavel Nunez who had the thousands in attendance singing along to his songs. It concluded on Cabarete Beach, with a magical performance from living jazz legend and original Buena Vista Social Club member Omara Portuondo, followed by a dance party to the sounds of accordion-vocalist El Prodigo and his band, featuring saxophonist Sandy Gabriel.

The Festival also featured GRAMMY-award winning Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza, local Dominican musical ensemble Grupo Bonye?, Italian vocalist Sissy Castrogiovanni, Israeli vocalist Tutti Druyan (featuring saxophonist Edmar Colon), Dominican fusion pioneer Xiomara Fortuna, and a diverse group of musicians from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, featuring director Marco Pignataro on saxophone.

Each year’s Festival is centered on a musical theme, and this year the Jazz Festival celebrated and explored the role of the human voice in the world of jazz. As Marco Pignataro, Artistic Advisor to the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival and Managing Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, put it: “This year’s festival theme is “Voices for Peace & Humanity” with a special emphasis on the impact of singers in jazz to bring forward a powerful message of freedom, creativity and hope for all mankind.” Maria Elena Gratereaux, President of the FEDUJAZZ board, thanks the public and the FEDUJAZZ team for helping to make this free event a reality, saying, “The DR Jazz Festival is handmade, with the soul, and the will of many who believe in the cultural and artistic contribution that this event offers to our country; and at the same time it helps us to fulfill the objectives of the foundation of bringing music education to more than 100 children playing instruments such as: piano, clarinet, drums, saxophone, guitar, drums. These children have the opportunity to live musically all their lives, and here they are imbued with responsibility, love, peace, honesty, teamwork and respect for the environment.”

About FEDUJAZZ

FEDUJAZZ is the educational foundation of the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, which offers free music education to young people in the Dominican Republic. There are currently a hundred students at the center of the foundation in Cabarete and hundreds more from the North Coast of the Dominican Republic that also attend educational music workshops with the renowned musicians performing at the jazz festival. This year’s festival included eight free music education workshops in five Dominican cities. More than 1,000 children and youth attended the workshops.

 

GRAMMY Award-Winning Musicians and Jazz Legends to Perform at the XXII Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

September 21, 2018, Cabarete, Dominican Republic

The 22nd Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, presented by FEDUJAZZ and the Ministry of Tourism, will host five nights of free concerts recognizing music, culture and the arts beginning in Santiago on October 26, and from November 1 – 4, 2018 in Puerto Plata, Sosua and Cabarete. Celebrating a rich history spanning over twenty years, the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival welcomes internationally acclaimed artists such as the GRAMMY Award-winning singer Luciana Souza, GRAMMY Award-winning Cuban vocalist and Buena Vista Social Club member Omara Portuondo, harp virtuoso Edmar Castaneda, and Afro-Caribbean fusion pioneer Xiomara Fortuna. The festival will also feature performances by accomplished artists from around the globe including Sicilian vocalist Sissy Castriobani, Israeli singer-songwriter Tutti Druyan featuring Edmar Colon, innovative fusion group El Prodigo featuring saxophonist Sandy Gabriel, the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, and Santo Domingo’s Grupo Bonye.

The 2018 Dominican Republic Jazz Festival celebrates and explores the role of the human voice in the world of jazz. Marco Pignataro, Artistic Advisor to the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival and Managing Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, states: “This year’s festival theme is “Voices for Peace & Humanity” with a special emphasis on the impact of singers in jazz to bring forward a powerful message of freedom, creativity and hope for all mankind. By celebrating singers, the festival also recognizes that the human voice was used for artistic expression before the invention of instruments and because all melodic instruments learn from the human voice, it can be suggested that all music is influenced from vocal music.”

Friday, October 26, 2018 – Santiago, Centro Leon

· Edmar Castaneda

Thursday, November 1, 2018 – Puerto Plata, Plaza de la Independencia

· Xiomara Fortuna

· Sissy Castriobani

Friday, November 2, 2018 – Sosua, Playa Alicia

· 6pm: “Mothers with Sissy” Parade: Mothers and children will model designs by Sissy Bermudez in support of the Fedujazz Foundation.

· Tutti Druyan featuring Edmar Colon

· Grupo Bonye Saturday,

November 3, 2018 – Cabarete, Playa de Cabarete

· Luciana Souza

· Berklee Global Jazz Institute

Sunday, November 4, 2018 – Cabarete, Playa de Cabarete

· Omara Portuondo

· El Prodigo & Sandy Gabriel

The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival is sponsored by companies including  Brugal, Berklee Global Jazz Institute, United States Embassy, Lifestyle Holidays, Sea Horse Ranch, Cibao Recycling, Casa Linda, Gratereaux Delva & Associates, Millennium, Viva Wyndham Tangerine, Amhsa Marina, Banco del Progreso, Centro Leon, Reef Condos, Villa Taina, and Blue JackTar, among others. All Dominican Republic Jazz Festival shows are free and open to the public, with VIP tickets and priority seating available for purchase at drjazzfestival.com/festival/tickets/. Proceeds of VIP ticket sales benefit FEDUJAZZ, the music education foundation of the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival. FEDUJAZZ provides free music education for the youth of the Dominican Republic. Currently, there are one hundred students attending classes at the foundation’s center in Cabarete. Throughout the festival, free music workshops and master classes for local children and FEDUJAZZ students are held at each concert location, led by the renowned international musicians participating in the festival. This year’s locations include Centro Leo?n, Renovation Cultural Society, Casa Marina Amphitheater, Sosua, Sosua Art House, Fedujazz, Caberete and Cabarete Beach.

MEDIA CONTACT: Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, Shaudi Bianca Vahdat, press@fedujazz.org drjazzfestival.com

Contact FEDUJAZZ for more details at 809-571-9350 , info@drjazzfestival.com.

 

THE DR JAZZ FESTIVAL HAND IN HAND WITH CAP CANA CONQUERS THE PUNTA CANA REGION

August 1, 2018

This summer edition will have a magnificent representation with award-winning exponents of the jazz genre. The XXII version of the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival will be held for the first time in the East coast of the Dominican Republic, with a musical repertoire in “Los Establos”, of Cap Cana, on August 25 at 8:00 PM.

The annual musical event is organized by the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival Educational Foundation, with the support of the Ministry of Tourism, and this time the summer edition is sponsored mainly by Cap Cana, Karisma Hotels and Resorts, the US Embassy, Lifestyle and Cristal Oasis.

In this version, the Berklee Global Jazz Institute and the Italian-American saxophonist Marco Pignataro will participate. The main artist will be Terri Lyne Carrington and her quintet, who has already been awarded a Grammy on three occasions, and who will be paying tribute to the late Geri Allen, one of the most important jazz pianists.

Carrington is also a renowned drummer, vocalist, composer and producer, who has played with many of the great exponents of jazz, among them: Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Clark Terry, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, among others. She is currently a professor at Berklee College of Music and Artistic Director of the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival.

The musical band, in addition to Lyne, will be integrated by Ingrid Jensen, on the trumpet; Kenny Davis, on bass and Ian Fink, on piano. In addition, the composer and percussionist of electronic music, DJ Val Jeanty, will be participating, who will be in charge of a quite innovative proposal.
Jeanty is a versatile Haitian artist who uses rhythm boxes, samples and turntables to produce music with sculptural and spiritual dimensions.

The closing of the night will be in charge of the accordionist Krency García -El Prodigio- and his special guest will be Sandy Gabriel.

The president of the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival Educational Foundation, FEDUJAZZ, Mrs. María Elena Gratereaux, informed that during this delivery of the festival, concerts, workshops, master classes and jam session with participating artists will be held.

This musical tour will continue on October 26th in Santiago, on the 28th in Santo Domingo, on November 1st in Puerto Plata, on November 2nd in Sosúa and will close in Cabarete on November 3rd and 4th.

She reminded that the DR Jazz Festival is a completely free event, where a limited number of VIP tickets are sold for purely charitable purposes to the music program of FEDUJAZZ.
For more information, call (809) 571-9350, or email info@drjazzfestival.com.

About Fedujazz
It is an entity that offers free music education to young people in the Dominican Republic. There are currently a hundred students at the studies center of the foundation in Cabarete and hundreds of school children from the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, who also attend educational music workshops with the renowned musicians who perform every
Contact: prensa@fedujazz.org