Latin America meets Germany
With Jorge Glem, César Orozco, Rebecca Friedman and Wilbert Pepper
| Black Box
€ 20; reduced € 15 (for children 13 years up to 18 years & students); free admission for children under 13 years
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Jorge Glem, Venezuelan cuatro
César Orozco, piano
Rebecca Friedman, violin
Wilbert Pepper, double bass
Four artists from Venezuela, Cuba and Germany take the audience on an auditory journey through the traditional music of the Caribbean coast and southern Germany. With great virtuosity, they demonstrate the origins of the respective regions’ typical rhythms, the instruments used and the similarities in the two continents’ cultures.
Expect an evening full of surprises that will fill the room with lavish sounds and show how folk music fuses with urban genres – a development that reflects the constant changes in culture and through which new forms of cultural expression are created. The journey will conclude with pieces from the album »Stringwise« by Jorge Glem (Latin Grammy 2019) and César Orozco.
Jorge Glem from Venezuela, who also plays the mandolin and works as a composer and producer, is probably the most accomplished master of the Venezuelan cuatro alive today. He won a Latin Grammy last year for his project with C4Trio. Glem, who currently lives in New York, has made it his goal to present the cuatro as a universal instrument. He has performed with Paquito D’Rivera, Jordan Rudess, Rubén Blades, Carlos Vives, Calle 13, Natalia Lafoucarde, Guaco, Desorden Público, Ensamble Gurrufío, Gualberto Ibarreto and Etienne Charles, among others, and has fused the traditional sound of his instrument with genres such as jazz, salsa, bluegrass, rock and pop.
César Orozco from Cuba, established his impressive career as pianist, arranger, composer and producer in Venezuela. At the Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University in Baltimore, he earned a Graduate Performance Diploma in jazz piano. In New York, he is an in-demand pianist and has worked with artists such as Paquito D’Rivera, Pedrito Martinez, Gary Thomas, Yosvany Terry, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Luis Enrique, Itai Kriss, Troy Roberts, Paul Bollenback and Giovanni Hidalgo.
Rebecca Friedman, born in Munich with US-American roots, took up the violin at the age of eight after beginning her musical education on the piano. During her time at the musisches Gymnasium secondary school, Rebecca Friedman’s musical career was shaped by her many performances with various orchestras, choirs and ensembles. At the age of 16, as an exchange pupil in Venezuela, she became a member of the orchestra of the social music project »El Sistema« in Ciudad Guyana, where she also first encountered and learned to love Venezuelan and Latin American music. During her studies of music education, ethnology and American studies, Rebecca Friedman travelled abroad many times, working as a volunteer violin teacher in various social music projects. Since 2017, Rebecca Friedman has been a freelancer on the education team of »Spielfeld Klassik«, the music education programme of the Munich Philharmonic. She also works as a music journalist for Bayerischer Rundfunk and is a freelance instrumental teacher and musician.
Wilbert Pepper was born in Caracas, Venezuela, where he discovered the double bass at the age of five. Having received his musical education in the social music project »El Sistema«, he became a fellow of the world-renowned Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra at the age of eleven, with which he performed for a period of nine years under conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle and Gustavo Dudamel. On numerous concert tours to Europe and Asia, he performed with the orchestra on famous stages such as La Scala in Milan, the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Shanghai Symphony Hall and the Gasteig Philharmonic Hall in Munich. In addition to his classical education, he has continued to pursue his interest in other musical genres. Wilbert Pepper, a freelance musician, lives in Munich, where he performs both as a soloist and together with various ensembles and orchestras. His spectrum ranges from classical music to hip-hop, jazz, pop, world music and fusion.
Event organiser Kitiplás is a society that was founded in Germany and has set itself the task of creating intercultural meeting places with the help of music, and of promoting interaction between people of different nationalities through concerts, workshops and participatory events.
With the support of the Department of Arts and Culture of the City of Munich
(Kitiplás GbR, Gil Pernia Gleibis Coromoto and Carolina Lares Jaffé, Berlin)