06.05.2015 - UNESCO La Habana

Emilie Conway sings to Dominicans on International Jazz Day

The Officer of the Education Programme at the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, Miguel Llivina, attended the Jazzmania Festival concert, accompanying Maestro Rafael “Bullumba” Landestoy, famous Dominican composer, who was being honoured on the occasion of his 91st birthday. Llivina was in the Dominican Republic to present the Global Report on Education 2015.

A concert by famous Irish singer Emilie Conway was featured in the celebrations in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on International Jazz Day.

The young artists was accompanied by musicians Johnny Taylor (piano) and Damian Evans (double-bass), who performed a selection of the singer’s most popular numbers, included in her album “The Secret of a Rose”.

Songs such as “Twisted”, “You Must Believe in Me” and “The Wrong Blues” delighted the audience on 27 April at the Máximo Avilés Blonda Hall of the Palace of Fine Arts, as part of the second edition of the Jazzmania Festival.

Another outstanding moment of the show was the number by Dominican pianist and composer Rafael “Bullumba” Landestoy, played to the rhythm of jazz, and the poem “Hay un país en el mundo” by the great poet of that Caribbean country, Pedro Mir.

The 91-year-old Landestoy went on stage to thank the artist for his interpretation of “Romántico” and greet the audience, who gave him a standing ovation.

Jazzmania is a festival created in 2014 in honour of International Jazz Day. Its organisers, radio producers Carlos Francisco Elías and Tony Domínguez, informed that the cultural event hopes to show the Dominican public the rich diversity of movements, schools and avant-garde artists of this music genre.

International Jazz Day is being celebrated on 30 April since 2011, by virtue of a resolution of the United Nations Organisation for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO), which considers this day as an opportunity to pay tribute to a music genre that embodies the values of diversity and freedom.

This year, the central celebration took place in Paris featuring world-class jazz musicians such as Herbie Hanc ock, Femi Kuti, Annie Lennox, James Genus, Al Jarreau and Dee Dee Bridgewater.




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