The Appel Room
New Jazz Frontiers
Jazz at Lincoln Center brings together a new ensemble of five innovative virtuosos who will draw from jazz, classical, and global frameworks to collaborate and debut new works. Orlando “Maraca” Valle, the youngest Cuban artist ever nominated for a GRAMMY® Award, began his career as a flautist with Chucho Valdés and Paquito D’Rivera. Groundbreaking harpist Edmar Castaneda, from Colombia, named “one of the most original musicians from the Big Apple” by Paquito D’Rivera, has an incomparable musical voice. Pianist Edward Simon, a Guggenheim Fellow, is known for exploring the marriage between jazz and Venezuelan music. GRAMMY® Award-winning bassist Luques Curtis brings a jazz and Latin sensibility to his writing and playing, and can be seen in the bands of Eddie Palmieri, Gary Burton and leading his own group, the Curtis Brothers. Drummer and percussionist Daniel Freedman, named “one of five drummers changing jazz drumming” by The New York Times, studied with masters like Max Roach before furthering his musical education in West Africa, Cuba, and the Middle East. By utilizing their far-reaching global influences, this new collaboration – and these new compositions - will reveal entirely new frontiers in jazz.