Sunday, May 16th
with Jhonny Kotock
@15h Caracas / @20h Lisbon / @21h Madrid
(online via zoom for max 35 people)
The grandmother demanded musicians in the house.
All of her twelve grandchildren had to learn an instrument and be ready to provide a soundtrack for when she talked to god during her evangelical sermons. One got assigned an accordion, one a guitar. Omar was given out a harp: the eight-year old, tears down his cheeks, had to learn the strings – or else no play with the kids in the street.
Despite such dramatic geriatric beginnings, Omar did carry a great passion for music within him that soon manifested itself. As a young boy, he fell for cuatro - a small four-string guitar, resembling a ukulele, that is the soul of Venezuelan traditional music. Then, as a student he discovered flute: such was his new obsession that he hardly spent an hour without exploring what sound he could extract from it. This dedication did not pass unnoticed: already in his early twenties the National Symphonic Orchestra of Venezuela invited him to join, and he spent the next twenty years performing every piece of classical music in every imaginable technique.
And then love struck him again: this time it was flamenco. Omar moved to Madrid, dedicating four years to being the musical director of the Spanish National Ballet itself, an experience that inspired him to give his flute its next innovative push, adapting it to flamenco while also fusing in Venezuelan roots.
By now the fundamental decision for his musical career was ripe: he resolved to leave the world of solemn musical institutions to focus on his solo career as a composer, mixing all the music he had tasted along the way into what he calls Venezolada – a salad of genres in distinctly Venezuelan sauce, joyfully subtracting or tossing in delicious instrumental ingredients.
This Sunday, May 16th, Omar’s Venezolada comes with a jazz flavour thanks to a special invitee - Jhonny Kotock, a fellow Venezuelan composer who’ll bring his piano keys impros to the fest.
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