The Convergence Project is Uman’s vehicle to present his original compositions and music that has influenced him. It includes Michael Zsoldos, saxophones; Jeff Galindo, trombone; Uman, piano; David Picchi, bass (electric and acoustic); and Jon Fisher, drums. Special musical guests will include Wanda Houston on vocals and Jason Palmer on trumpet.
The recital is free. No tickets are required.
After spending several years in Colombia, the native country of his wife, Eugene Uman found a niche blending the rhythms of Colombia, such as cumbia, bambuco and pasillo, with jazz harmonies. While living in the state of Antioquia, Uman was commissioned by the Big Band of Medellín to write for their 20-piece orchestra. He composed "Blues para Urabá," a tribute to the strength of the common people of Urabá, who were at that time in the midst of a civil war. The rousing climax of that composition used a rhythm from the Atlantic coast called currulao. After that powerful experience, Uman continued to investigate the rhythms and forms of the music of his newly adopted homeland, internalizing a small handful of the immense and richly varied catalog of Colombian rhythms.
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