Melissa Aldana: Visions for Frida Kahlo
Sponsored by Lola et Fifi
Saturday March 14, 07:30 pm - 09:30 pm
Time: 07:30 Doors: 07:00 Ages: All Ages Tickets: $25 - $30
Outpost Performance Space
210 Yale SE - Albuquerque NMBuy Tickets
Winner of the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, Melissa Aldana, at just 24 years of age, was the first female and the first South American musician to receive that honor. A native of Chile and a graduate of Berklee College of Music, she soared to prominence with her 2010 debut release, Free Fall on Greg Osby’s Inner Circle Music. She released her second album in 2012 and as part of her prize for the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, she won a recording contract with Concord Jazz, at which time The Washington Post described her as representing "a new sense of possibility and direction in jazz." Aldana also received the Altazor National Arts Award of Chile, and the Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award, and has played alongside artists including Peter Bernstein, Kevin Hays, Christian McBride and Jeff "Tain" Watts, as well as performing at numerous festivals world-wide. She also performed with Jimmy Heath at the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters Award Ceremony, and was invited to Jazz at Lincoln Center by Wynton Marsalis. On her latest release, Visions, her first jazz quartet album, Aldana connects her work to the legacy of Latina artists who have come before her, including Frida Kahlo. Inspired by the life and works of Kahlo, she “creates a parallel between her experiences as a female saxophone player in a male-dominated community, and Kahlo’s experiences as a female visual artist working to assert herself in a landscape dominated by men, creating a pathway for her own expression.” Tonight's performance features projections and visuals plus a quartet comprising Sam Harris, piano; Pablo Menares, bass; & Kush Abadey, drums.