STONINGTON, Maine — Acclaimed international touring star Yosvany Terry will make a one night stop in Maine at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at the Burnt Cove Church, 17 Airport Road, as part of Opera House Arts’ Chamber at the Church Series.
Terry, a reed and chekere player known primarily for his improvisational jazz, will appear in a unique chamber music configuration, his Bohemian Trio, comprised of saxophone, cello and piano. This concert represents an unprecedented opportunity to see and hear Terry in an intimate setting.
The trio, founded in 2013, is a contemporary, genre-defying contemporary music ensemble based in New York City. Terry is a founding member along with cellist Yves Dharamraj and pianist Orlando Alonso. The trio’s intent is to premiere new musical works from a broad range of genres: classical, Afro-Cuban, tango, rock, jazz and electronic. Their sound combines the melodies of Europe and South America with the rhythms of the African diaspora.
Born and raised in in Cuba’s Camagüey province, alto saxophonist Yosvany Terry burst onto the American jazz scene after moving to New York in 1999. His music incorporates American jazz traditions with his own Afro-Cuban roots. In praising his most recent CD, “Today’s Opinion,” Wall Street Journal critic and Deer Isle Jazz Festival curator Larry Blumenfeld wrote that Terry “applies West African concepts to an understanding of jazz and improvisation” and composes music “grounded in both distinct formal traditions and abstract ideas.” Terry is also a talented player of the chekeré, the beaded gourd used for percussion; he received his earliest training from his father, Eladio “Don Pancho” Terry, a violinist and Cuba’s leading player of the chekeré. After mastering this Afro-Cuban percussion instrument, Yosvany went on to receive his classical music training from the prestigious National School of Arts and Amadeo Roldan Conservatory in Havana. He first gained widespread attention with a ground-breaking quartet of Cuban conservatory students, Columna B. In addition to his own bands, Terry performs with pianists Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Eddie Palmieri, and has worked with musicians including Steve Coleman, Chucho Valdés, Silvio Rodriguez, Branford Marsalis and Paul Simon. Among his many commissions as a composer are a Chamber Music America “Connecting Communities Residency Program” commission funded through Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, in collaboration with Jazzmobile and Harlem Stage; and a “Meet the Composer for New Music” commission to write the music for Harlem Stage’s forthcoming opera, “Makandal.” Terry has taught at many prestigious institutions. He is a lecturer at Princeton University, a faculty member at New York City’s New School University and the Harlem School of the Arts, and has served as a resident instructor at the Stanford Jazz Workshop since 1995. When not on tour, he makes Harlem his home.
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