|Michel Camilo - Solo Piano
Join us for the first time that Michel will perform music in NYC from his 2013 Latin GRAMMY award winning album “What’s Up?”
Michel Camilo, piano
“As usual, Camilo's pianism is remarkable, not only where technique is concerned, but moreover, for the range and beauty of his sound. The many moods Camilo conveys could not be achieved without his control of the instrument at its most intimate level.”
“Camilo's playing has a Classical feel, making full use of his left hand and exhibiting phenomenal control of dynamics. Thunderous chords yielded seamlessly to exquisitely soft passages, and a stupendous end to the medley earned Camilo a standing ovation.”
–The Boston Globe
A pianist with a brilliant technique and a composer that flavors his tunes with Afro-Caribbean rhythms, Michel Camilo's musical language is an expressive combination of his Dominican Republic musical heritage and a rich, intelligent use of jazz harmonies and textures. Camilo composed his first piece at age five then studied at the National Conservatory for thirteen years. At age sixteen, he became a member of the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic.
In 1979, he moved to New York City where he furthered his education at Mannes and the Juilliard School of Music. Since his 1985 Carnegie Hall debut and his 1987 composer debut with the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, Camilo has become a leading figure in jazz in the US, Europe, Japan, and the Caribbean. November of 1988 marked his debut on a major record label with the release of his self- titled album, Michel Camilo (Sony).
Camilo has also become a prominent figure at festivals throughout the world. In 1987, he became the musical director for the Heineken Jazz Festival in his native Dominican Republic, a post he held through 1992. 1998 saw him become the co-artistic director of the first Latin-Caribbean Music Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. He has also served as the president of the jury at the Montreux Jazz Solo Piano competition.
Mr. Camilo’s recordings and compositions have earned him numerous awards including Grammy awards, Grammy nominations, and Emmy awards. His compositions have been performed by some of the top jazz and Latin jazz artists on the scene today including Manhattan Transfer and Paquito D’Rivera.
As a performer, Camilo as appeared in settings as small as a solo act and as large as a symphony orchestra. He was featured in the award winning Latin jazz documentary film Calle 54 and has recorded for various film soundtracks. In addition, he has performed with several leading artists in Latin jazz like saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera and guitarist Tomatito. Mr. Camilo also has performed with some of the leading symphony orchestras from around the world including the Cleveland Symphony, the LA Philharmonic, the aforementioned National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Barcelona Symphony, and the Detroit Symphony (where he served as their “Jazz Creative Director Chair in 2009-2010”).