Alex Conde & special guest Joselin Vargas$15
Alex Conde & special guest Joselin Vargas at Terraza 7 on Friday, July 26th, 2019 at 9:30 pm.
José Bautista Vargas, better known as Joselín Vargas in the world of music, from Madrid and the son of Enrique Escudero, great flamenco guitarist.
He started studying guitar with his father, who taught him the basics but life goes a long way and Joselín ended up being a percussionist.
The cajón was his first instrument but the percussion has such an infinite field that he also dedicated himself to Latin music and that’s where he started with the tumbadoras, timbales, bongos, etc.
His dream came true and at the age of seventeen he began to tour and record with many artists such as Camarón de la Isla, José Mercé, Enrique Morente, Ketama, Barbería del Sur, Alejandro Sanz, Diego Torres, Ricky Martin, Pata Negra , Rocío Jurado, Rosario Flores, Lolita, Antonio Flores, Lenny Kravitz, Michel Camilo, Arturo Sandoval, Giovani Hidalgo, Paquito D’Rivera, Ana Belén, Sara Baras, Remedios Amaya, Tomatito, Vicente Amigo, Juan Habichuela, Joaquín Cortés, Antonio Channels and a long etc.
Alex Conde is a vibrant and visionary jazz and flamenco pianist, composer and music educator living in San Francisco. He is a graduate in classical music from the Jose Iturbi Conservatory of Music and in jazz piano from el Liceu de Barcelona. Conde began his tenure in the US after winning a scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. While pursuing this degree (2009) in jazz performance at Berklee, he received the Jazz Revelation Award.
Son of legendary Copla singer, Alejandro Conde, Alex is a self-taught composer. He started playing classical music at the age of 4 and continued his studies with Patricio Pizarro, Sergio Sapena and Wanda Walcewska at the Conservatorio Jose Iturbi de Valencia and later with Ed Bedner at Berklee College of Music. He has studied jazz with luminaries such as Chano Domínguez, George Garzone, Joe Lovano, Danilo Pérez, Dave Santoro, Maria Schneider, Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding.
‘‘… Origins is a tremendous calling card for Alex Conde as composer and pianist. But it’s also a demonstration of the adaptability of Latin jazz, as the genre readily accepts
Conde’s flamenco influences. Easily recommended to Latin jazz fans, with the additional spice of a fresh Spanish flavor.”
— MARK SULLIVAN, ALLABOUTJAZZ
‘‘… [Alex’s] assist with new truly marvelous piano interpretation and arrangements in new tantalizing ways to Monk’s music. I can imagine Monk tipping one of his many now famous hats to him.”
— JOHN EPHLAND, DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE.
‘‘… [Alex’s] Thelonious Monk is rock solid. Its rhapsodic elegance is informed by all of the mystery and majesty of Monkish-ness. The elemental irreverence of Monk-music has
been mastered by the young Spaniard. He worships at the altar of originality, as Thelonious Monk did, pouring his twisting duende into molten chords. His phrases make for lines that erupt with volcanic brilliance and a viscosity that is unlike anything that has been sung of Thelonious Monk in a very long time.”
— RAUL DA GAMA, LATIN JAZZ NETWORK