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3 July 2014
On Sunday August 10, enjoy incredible saxophone and guitar music at the ‘Kestutis Vaiginis and Hernan Romero’ Jazz Concert in Londa Hotel’s Caprice Restaurant.
The smooth sound of Jazz continues to entice guests to Londa’s award-winning Caprice restaurant in Limassol, as the boutique hotel welcomes Hernan Romero, a Grammy award-winning guitarist and composer, and Kęstutis Vaiginis, one of the best Eastern European Saxophone players. They will be performing a heady mix of Latin and jazz styles.
Spiced with the exotic traditions that infuse flamenco-gypsy, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean folk, interwoven with textures of classical, jazz, and Latin rhythms, composer and guitarist Hernan Romero’s music is both sophisticated and accessible. It is sensuous, passionate, romantic and inescapably infectious.
Inspired by the music of his family from his earliest memory, Romero became part of their performing ensemble by the age of four. Romero’s mother, popular International singer Estela Raval, contributed to this by surrounding young Romero with the best of musical environments.
Romero became strongly influenced by the Flamenco style when his family moved to Cadiz in Andalusia, Spain; receiving classical guitar training from Roberto Lara, one of Segovia’s disciples. “It’s powerful, flamenco is very strong, and has its influence from the Middle East,” says Romero. “The other side is the romantic aspect of Latin music, so it’s absolutely the best of both worlds.”
In 1986 Romero moved to New York. While teaching classical guitar in the music program at Five Towns College in Long Island, Romero continued his education, receiving a Masters in Composition and Orchestration from the Manhattan School of Music. Playing in jazz clubs around town, Romero was soon working with some of world’s finest guitarists, including Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia and John McLaughlin. In 1990, Romero produced and played on Di Meola Plays Piazzola, beginning a fertile association with Di Meola that resulted in nine other albums, including Orange and Blue (Rhino Records, 1994), and The Infinite Desire (Telarc, 1998).
Romero’s own passionate music has been featured in a series of CDs beginning in the late 1990s. Zonda (Palmetto, 1999) by Conosur (the name Romero gave to the ensemble) features Romero’s fiery guitar and sensual compositions flavoured with Latin and flamenco strains.
Romero then completed Romero-Live at Trinity Church at the landmark Trinity Church in New York City, which he recorded, mixed and repackaged. The event was captured in discrete mulitichannel sound, taking advantage of the exceptional acoustics at Trinity Church. This magical performance lingers on the musical palette and is not easily forgotten. Romero’s compositions for Live at Trinity Church present intense and evocative music complemented by a lyrical style, which is sure to influence aspiring guitarists for generations to come. The impassioned strains of Romero’s virtuosity, both as a guitarist and composer, offer listeners a vibrant and exhilarating sound.
Romero’s Un Segundo Una Vida brought his flamenco and Latin-based jazz to new realms with the addition of more complex orchestration and additional instrumentation including the melodic strings of a chamber orchestra, and a wide array of penetrating vocals. Romero’s CD, Duende, hit number 6 on the Billboard charts (World Music).
While Romero continues to captivate audiences in New York City clubs and on tour throughout Europe, his composing and performing kills as a collaborator remain in high demand.
Kęstutis Vaiginis, one of the most talented saxophonists of the young generation in Lithuania. Kęstutis stands out for his clear and controlled sound, lyricism and passion. Kęstutis rapidly established himself on the Lithuanian jazz scene, having performed with the musicians of his generation and with more experienced ones from Lithuania and abroad. The list of his stage partners includes Barbara Dennerlein, Daniel Messina, Hernan Romero, David Berkman, Alex Sipiagin, Ed Howard, Adam Cruz, Randal Corsen, Bilal Karaman, Burak Bedikyan, Ferit Odman, Herbie Kopf, Joonas Haavisto and others. He has performed his own music not only at home, but also in the Netherlands, Spain, France, Malaysia, Brazil, Ukraine, UK, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Belarus, South Africa, China, Canada and the USA. He is a winner of various national and international competitions.
In 2010 he was awarded the Gran Prix of the Birštonas Jazz Festival for his significant contribution to Lithuanian jazz. He graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and honed his skills in Prince Claus Conservatorium, Amsterdam School of Arts (the Netherlands) and Manhattan School of Music (New York).
In 2013 he was awarded by President Joachim Gauck, the Europamusicale Music Prize.
He has appeared in many jazz festivals such as North Sea Jazz, Rotterdam Jazz, Breda Jazz, Cape Town Jazz, Ottawa Jazz, Hong Kong Jazz, London Jazz, Istanbul Jazz and Jamboree Jazz.
One of the most famous saxophonists Steve Wilson (New York) described the K.Vaiginis CD “Unexpected Choices” as follows:
“Unexpected Choices” brings anticipated joy from the music of Kestutis Vaiginis. His vision is wide-ranging from the subtle to the provocative, rooted in an appreciation of tradition and yet looking forward. Kestutis is developing a highly personal voice that is primed to make a significant contribution”.
In 2014, Kęstutis Vaiginis released his latest CD ”Lights of Darkness” featuring Alex Sipiagin, David Berkman, Ed Howard and Ferit Odman.
Leonid Nesterov began his music career in Latvia and has lived in Limassol since 2010; he plays with different musicians around Cyprus sharing his passion for jazz.
The Caprice’s cool Italian styled interior, flanked by the tranquil blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, is the perfect backdrop for the easy melodies of vibrant jazz sounds brilliantly performed by talented musicians.
Jochen Niemann, the Londa’s General Manager said, “The Londa is fast becoming the island’s respected urbane venue for musical innovation. We’re delighted that the season continues with such talented performers”.
The concert will start at 17:00 hrs in Londa’s Caprice Restaurant on Sunday 10th August.
Ticket Price – 20 euro per person including a welcome drink (children 6-12 years € 10). Snacks and drinks menu will be available.
Reserve your table now to avoid disappointment by calling Caprice at Londa,
Tel: 25 865540
For more information visit:
Contact: Andia Zamba, Communications & Events Executive
Tel: (+357) 25 86 5511
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