Our Jazz Aid Fund and New Works Fest have engaged with a diverse collection of artists who work in varied genres and have unique artistic perspectives. In this free program Betto Arcos, SJZ’s Latin and international music coordinator, talks with three of them: Fest artists Claudia Villela, a masterful Brazilian singer and composer raised in Rio de Janeiro and Vân-Ánh Võ, a fearless musical explorer who takes her Vietnamese traditional 16-String dàn tranh (zither) to dazzling heights with a distinctly jazz sensibility; and Jazz Aid fund grantee John Santos, a prolific Afro-Latin performer, bandleader, composer, teacher and cultural activist with a musical career spanning 50 years.
Using exclusive interview footage, music and videos, Betto will discuss with them their careers and their latest work, including the pieces commissioned by San Jose Jazz.
Betto Arcos is an internationally renowned commentator on Latin and international music. More than 140 of his stories about music written for NPR, PRX’s The World, BBC, and KPCC in Los Angeles have recently been collected in his book, Music Stories From the Cosmic Barrio.
This is a free event, streamed on our website. Register for your free ticket now.
International, Interview, Latin jazz
The New Works Festival, April 29–May 8, features four nights of performances by some of the most exciting artists in jazz, blues, R&B, soul and electronic music in the SF Bay Area and New York. The festival is an outgrowth of SJZ’s Jazz Aid Fund initiative, which provided crucial funds to 33 artists, each to produce a new work.
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