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The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Special Guest Paquito D’Rivera perform a pair of exclusive JALC commissions by mid-career masters—Tres Aguas by Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca and Colors of Colombia by Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda. Castañeda is a transformative virtuoso of the Llanera harp, a traditional instrument from the Eastern Plains of Colombia and a fixture on the international jazz arena for more than a decade; he’ll mix the diverse rhythms of his homeland with the various dialects of swing, reminding us that Colombia and New York are in the same hemisphere. Villafranca’s Tres Aguas features dancers from Cuba, Peru, and the U.S. moving to music influenced by the rich Afro-Diasporic musical streams from Venezuela, Cuba, and New Orleans jazz. The common thread is long-time Jazz at Lincoln Center extended family member Paquito D’Rivera—himself a distinguished composer and authoritative interpreter of a wide range of Pan-American idioms on clarinet and alto saxophone—whose Panamericana Suite, which debuted at JALC in 2000, helped launch Jazz at Lincoln Center’s long-standing relationship to Pan-American music.

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