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Alex Conde & Antonio Lizana / Flamenco Jazz$15
With its passionate flourishes and virtuosic improvisation, Flamenco music has long captivated jazz musicians like Miles Davis or Chick Corea. Forged in the fires of both styles, pianist and composer Alex Conde has emerged as one of the most versatile contemporary players of jazz-flamenco fusion.
A recognized prodigy, Conde demonstrated perfect pitch at the age of four. His parents gave him his first keyboard, and encouraged him as he began taking formal piano instruction. He also began teaching himself, practicing everything he
had heard from his father, Alejandro Conde, an acclaimed singer with more than 20 albums, and one of the foremost performers of Copla, the flamenco-infused song book of popular works.
Conde spent his childhood in Valencia, Spain, and as his playing blossomed into a more mature melding of musicality and technique, he played professionally for organizations such as Sedajazz and in workshops with trumpeter Mike Mossman and the late multi-instrumentalist Jerry González.
Today, Conde has become one of his generation’s pivotal figures in flamenco piano, and remains in constant demand as both a studio artist and a performer.
In 2015, he recorded “Descarga for Monk” (ZOHO) an Iberian-inflected tribute to Thelonious Monk, on which he was accompanied by seven-time Grammy Award-winning percussionist John Santos and bassist Jeff Chambers. The album earned Conde international recognition, and major press accolades.
“Playing piano is about communicating one’s individual identity in a way that connects with other musicians and with audiences,” Conde says, “and lifting all of
humanity in the process.”
As leader of the Alex Conde Trio with John Santos and Jeff Chambers, Conde demonstrates a fluid technique, an innovative tonal palette, and an extensive repertoire, playing with the command of a seasoned veteran and the passion of
an artist fully devoted to his medium.
In 2018, Conde also became pianist of the Conrad Herwig Sextet, performing “The Latin Side of Herbie Hancock” at the Russia Jazz Festival with Craig Handy and Ruben Rodriguez, and with the Dominique Farinacci and Christian Tambur
Quintet at the San Jose Jazz Festival.
Alex Conde / Piano.
Antonio Lizana / Sax.
Ismael Alcina / Bass.
Guillermo Barron / Percussion.
Alex Conde & Antonio Lizana / Flamenco Jazz at Terraza 7 on Friday, January 4th, 2019 at 9:30 pm.
$15 cover charge for mezzanine. FREE admission for CHILDREN 12 and under.