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First Friday Live presents Jazz Winter Festival

First Friday Live presents Jazz Winter Festival

The Jazz Winter Festival by First Friday Live kicks off this FRIDAY 2nd JUNE 2017 at 7.30 pm at the Yoogali Club. Opening this exclusive winter special will Afro Cuban Band "Clave De Son" .

Clave De Son is a 4 piece Latin American band formed with primarily musicians from Melbourne, Elizabeth (bass), Vanessa (vocal/percussion), and Claire (pianist). The fourth member of the group is Sinuhe (percussion) and is from Canberra. The band plays Cuban Son, Colombian Cumbias, NY Salsa, Latin Jazz and other related central and South American styles.

Vanessa was born in Santiago Chile-half Cuban, Vanessa started her musical career in Chile, where she was formed as a high school music Teacher, she soon joined an all woman band called "Bailahuen" whew she was the lead singer and percussionist, playing Latin American original songs such as Lando, San Juanito, Cumbia, Cueca among others. In 2010 she left Chile to go on a one year trip o Mew Zealas which ended up in 4 years, over there she quickly joined a salsa band, named Salsa culture where she was the lead singer doing some shows in Blenheim. Then she joined the New Zealand Modern School of Music as a music teacher. In 2014 moved to Melbourne where she joined we current band Terrasur, doing many shows mainly in Melbourne and recording their first EP of 4 original songs and one cover from Victor Jara, which rescues the culture and tradition of South America blending beautiful vocal harmonies with indigenous instruments from the Andes.

Claire Di Lallo (pianist) began her music studies at the age of eight through group keyboard lessons at her primary school. From there, her passion for music blossomed. In 2005, she was accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, and continued her music education at Melbourne University. One of Claire’s specialties is accompanying vocal music, where she has worked with various soloists and ensembles, including Opera Scholars Australia. Claire’s other passion is the music of Latin America, and for this reason she recently travelled to Cuba to study genres such as son and timba.

Elizabeth Obando (bass and vocals) born in Colombia, quickly settled into Melbourne’s music scene upon her arrival in 2008 and has since become a widely recognised key figure in the city’s Latin and afro beat circuit, and contributing as session musician in various projects such as: Del barrio, Santiago son, electric I, Clavemania, Carlitos Way, at the moment she has started her own project as an 8 piece band called: Ella Trinidad

Sinuhe was born in Santiago, Chile and moved to Australia when he was 6 years of age. Sinuhe started his passion for Afro Cuban Percussion at the age of 17 years. Having a musical background with both his mother and father being guitarists he started taking private lessons on congas which was his favored instrument, and did so for 3 years intensively. After his intense training, Sinuhe further pursued the deep roots of Afro Cuban music and traveled to Cuba twice to study Afro Cuban Popular Percussion courses at the prestigious Superior Institute of Arts in Havana, Cuba. Sinuhe returned for a 3rd time to Cuba receiving a Queen Elizabeth Trust Fund grant to further study both Afro Cuban Folkloric and Popular rhythms for 2 years at the Felix Farella School. Sinuhe while studying at the Felix Farella School also sought private tuition with master percussionists from Havana and also from his travels around the world. Sinuhe is a well-known Afro Cuban Percussionist in Canberra and Sydney having played with bands such as Mucho Mambo, Mi Tierra, Clavemania, Clave De Son, Kooba and more...

 

Clave de son
Friday 2nd June 2017
7.30pm
Yoogali Club (green room)
Concert ticket $20pp
Concert & Supper Ticket $40pp
 

UPCOMING SHOWS
7 July 2017 Ade Ishs Trio
4 August 2017 Shane Pacey Trio
1 September 2017 Until Further Notice
6 October 2017 Jo Jo Smith & Lucie Thorne (blues & jazz)
3 November 2017 Grooveyard Hammond

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