Friday August 14, 2015
Review: The 26th Annual San Jose Jazz Summer Fest
One of the festival’s high points was the premiere of Trinidadian trumpeter Etienne Charles’ Chamber Music America-commissioned San Jose Suite in the lovely Art Deco California Theatre. Inspired by acts of resistance and cultural preservation in the face of long odds, Charles created a work that draws on music and rituals from San Jose, Costa Rica, St. Joseph, Trinidad and San Jose, Calif. From the tension and release of “Revolt,” which was inspired by a West Indian slave uprising, to “Vigil, which draws on music and rituals from Costa Rica’s indigenous Boruca people, Charles’ evocative music alternated between reflective melodic lines and roiling rhythmic patterns.
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