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AMOR: The New Standard

AMOR: The New Standard
Friday,  September 2, 2016
8:00 pm

A latin jazz concert by Capricho Music with musical direction by José Manuel García featuring unforgettable songs from around the world. Jazz, Tango, Bolero and more.

Tickets $25–40

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Experience the flair of the most romantic rhythms featuring standards with a contemporary spin. This journey will take you around the world through the magic of music — from Cuba to Argentina, from Colombia to Mexico, from United States to Europe in an all-inclusive, yet well defined Latin Jazz style. AMOR: The New Standard is a celebration of diversity and inclusion. Don’t miss this exhilarating evening of intense music, with a unique blend of jazz, classical, folkloric, and popular converging with the romance and passion of Latin music.

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About Capricho Music:

Capricho Music is a boutique music talent agency dedicated to promote new Latino artists who offer a new perspective into the musical scene, incorporating the flavor of latin music to diverse rhythms from around the world.

About the Artists:

César Augusto, Tenor- César’s life has always been linked to music. From his native Cali, Colombia in the 80’s when tones of old tangos were heard in endless nights of family and friends. In his own words, the song is “an extension of yourself as the vocal cords are tied to the soul”. In 1999 he moved to Atlanta, GA and after 5 years, he had the opportunity to make out of music a profession. Cesar Augusto studied vocal performance and singing, and his love for classical music and opera flourished while in his second year of college. He had the opportunity to sing with the Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra Choir as a soloist at times, stared at  productions of opera, arias and duets, highlighted in the role of Juan Perón in Serenbe Playhouse’s Evita. Cesar is currently a student of the renowned teacher of classical singing Nohe Elizabeth Colson and is part of TOCA (Tango Orchestra Club Atlanta) a sextet of professional musicians playing purely dedicated to Argentine tango.

José Manuel García, Pianist and Musical Director- Dr. José Manuel Garcia is a Steinway Artist, award-winning jazz pianist, composer, arranger, orchestrator and music educator, whose musicianship in the classical repertoire has been highly recognized as well as in the jazz and Latin genres. Dr. Garcia is currently the Music Director and Conductor of Gwinnett Symphony Jazz Orchestra. As a jazz pianist, Dr. Garcia has been actively performing in the United States, China, and Honduras with internationally acclaimed artists, such as Danny Harper, Michael Philipp Mossman, Ray Vega, Bill Summers, Kemba Cofield, Jennifer Holliday, El “Cano” Estremera, Luisito Rosario, Paquito Guzmán, Anthony Cruz, Willie González, Tito Rojas, Marlon Fernández, Oswaldo Román, Darmon Meador, Joe Jennings, Ilona Knopfler. Luisito Carrión, Ignacio Berroa, María Teresa Chacín, Ashley Brown, Shem von Schroeck, and Juan Carlos Salazar.
Dr. Garcia received the Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Georgia, the Master of Music in piano performance from Georgia State University, and the bachelor’s degree in in piano performance from Clayton State University .

Dr. Garcia is a founder of International Groove Conspiracy, an Atlanta-based jazz trio which received great reviews by giants in the industry such as pianists Ahmad Jamal and Chucho Valdés. Dr. García’s latest CD, Cruz del Ávila, released in December 2010, is a solo piano project, in which Ahmad Jamal describes Dr. García’s pianism as “sensitive and brilliant.”

Jerry Fields, Drums- Jerry is the percussionist & music director of the Afro-Cuban Jazz ensemble, Vecinos Del Mundo (Neighbors of the World). Known as the premier Latin Jazz ensemble in the Southeastern United States, Vecinos del Mundo has shared the stage with Latin Jazz giants, Tito Puente, Poncho Sanchez and Eddie Palmieri. Collaborations with legendary Latin Jazz sidemen & band leaders; Ray Vega, Mitch Frohman, Bernie Miñoso & Michael Phillip Mossman, under the directorship of Fields, have afforded these stalwarts of Latin Jazz “Guest Artist” billing with Atlanta based Vecinos del Mundo. “A Tribute to Tito Puente” was one such collaboration featuring Ray Vega, Mitch Frohman & Bernie Miñoso all members of the Tito Puente Orchestra.
In addition to Latin Jazz, Jerry also serves as music director, composer and arranger for the Atlanta based Calo Gitano Flamenco Dance Theater Company as well has his flamenco fusion group, ¿Qué Compás?

A total percussionist, Jerry’s orchestral experience includes an 11-year tenure as principle timpanist for the Cobb Symphony Orchestra. Jerry now serves as timpanist for the John’s Creek Symphony. In addition, Fields has performed with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, Atlanta Chamber Players, the 20th Century Chamber Music Ensemble, Thamyris, the Kokopelli Consort and Consonare, on marimba, drum set, orchestral percussion & various world percussion instruments.

Chris Riggenbach, Double Bass- Chris Riggenbach has over 20 years of performance experience on double bass and electric bass. An active musician and teacher in the Atlanta area, Chris has performed with Josh Groban, Gary Motley, Ted Howe, Wycliffe Gordon, Victor Goines, Jerry Fields & Vecinos del Mundo, Jose Garcia, Audrey Shakir, Gwinnett Symphony Jazz Orchestra, Gwinnett Symphony Wind Orchestra, Gordon Vernick, Gavin Ahearn Trio, The Macon Pops Orchestra (directed by Matt Catingub), Raphael Imbert, Jazz Legacy Big Band.
For 10 years, Chris played double bass and electric bass in show bands and jazz trios on cruise ships around the world. In 2010, he performed with the Josh Lawrence Jazz 3 at the Sopot Molo Jazz Festival in Sopot, Poland and at the jazz club, Piwnica pod Baranami, in Krakow, Poland. Venues in the U.S. that Chris has performed at include the Fox Theatre, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Churchill Grounds, Velvet Note, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, High Museum, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Schwartz Center at Emory University, Asolo Theatre (Sarasota, Florida), The Knitting Factory (New York), and Chris’ Jazz Café (Philadelphia).

Chris holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in music from Georgia State University. He has studied jazz bass with Neal Starkey and Robert Dickson and classical bass with Dee Moses (Florida Orchestra), Thomas Thoreson (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra), and Ralph Jones (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra). Chris studied electric bass with Russ Rodgers.

Brevan Hampden, Percussion- Born in New York City in 1985, Brevan was born instantly a member of a high-level musical family; his father Ivan, who has toured with Luther Vandross, Vanessa Williams, Jennifer Lopez, Roberta Flack, Grady Tate, and Ashford & Simpson, and his mother Brenda, who has performed on Broadway, with Dizzy Gillespie, Angie Bofill, Marian Anderson, and Jazzmobile.
Brevan completed the Bachelor’s of Jazz Studies degree at NCCU in December 2009. He has made quite a name for himself by performing locally in venues in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and all over North Carolina. More recently, Brevan completed his Master’s in Jazz Studies/Performance at CUNY Queens College in Flushing, NY in May 2016. While at Queens College, he studied with many internationally acclaimed artists, such as Michael Mossman, Antonio Hart, Jeb Patton, and David Berkman. He studied drums and percussion with Donald Edwards and Vince Cherico. He also performed in the New York City area with many Grammy award-winning artists, such as Bilal, Ben Williams, Phil Cook, Roy Hargrove, Myron Walden, and Frank McComb. He is also enjoying some national recognition by performing many different styles of music, such as, Jazz with Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo, Americana with Phil Cook and the GuitarHeels, Salsa with Tito Rojas, Richie Ray, and North Carolina Salsa Ensemble Orquesta GarDel , Funk/R&B with Aretha Franklin, and Hip-Hop with Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Nice N’ Smooth, Raekwon (from the Wu-Tang Clan), and 9th Wonder, as well as his Latin Jazz ensemble, PrimeraJazz, his Salsa ensemble, Conjunto Breve, and many other local groups in the Triangle Area.