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Hola Pops! A Night of Originals and A Tribute to Louis Armstrong
September 21, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$20.
Vincent Hsu & Soy La Ley Afro-Cuban Jazz Trio featuring Victor Lewis & Zaccai Curtis
Double Bass – Vincent Hsu
Piano – Zaccai Curtis
Drums – Victor Lewis
Vincent Tsung-Yu Hsu is an award-winning bassist and composer whose music is infused with Afro-Cuban influence and the spirits of the post-bop generation. Born and bred in Taiwan, he launched his musical career in New York City and was mentored by legendary musicians, including Cecil McBee, Victor Venegas, John A. Schaeffer, Andy González, John Patitucci, and Marc Johnson. Hsu has been touring worldwide, including Madrid International Jazz Festival, Busan Jazz Festival, Taichung Jazz Festival, National Theater & Concert Hall Summer Jazz Festival, and Macau Jazz Festival, among others. Vincent Hsu & his band aim to reflect their Taiwanese roots with the practices of jazz and Afro-Cuban music style, leading audiences to experience the unpredictability of jazz improvisation through their original work and stories.
His debut album, ‘Homeland,’ won “Best Jazz Album” at the 2014 Golden Indie Music Awards and was nominated for three Golden Melody Awards in 2015: Best Album, Best Composer, and Best Producer (Instrumental). His second album, ‘Lullaby for the Youth,’ with Harold Danko on piano and Billy Drummond on drums, was also nominated for three Golden Indie Music Awards in 2017. In 2018, his latest album ‘In Our Blood’ featuring Victor Mendoza, with Soy La Ley Afro-Cuban Jazz Band, won the “Best Jazz Single of the Year” with Hsu’s composition “Dreamer’s Blues” at the 2018 Golden Indie Music Awards. It was also honored with the Global Music Awards’ Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement in 2019. In addition to performing, Hsu is committed to the outreach of jazz culture and original compositions, actively promoting jazz and Afro-Cuban music through projects in education and international exchange.
Vincent Hsu: “The wildest imagination could be used to create music. We could also use this imagination to initiate a band, giving the ensemble a new musical meaning.”
Hsu invites the master musician Victor Lewis and the outstanding pianist Zaccai Curtis to join him for this special project, bridging the collaboration between musicians from Taiwan and U.S., in hopes of expanding the understanding and aesthetics of both cultures and creating a new musical possibility. The drumming of Mr. Victor Lewis was not only recognized internationally but has widely influenced the generations to come. His album ‘Know It Today, Know It Tomorrow’ has become the must-have for jazz musicians and audiences alike. Mr. Zaccai Curtis has also established himself as one of the best pianists who can flawlessly express himself through both styles of jazz and Afro-Cuban music.
This concert will feature the original compositions of Vincent Hsu as well as Mr. Victor Lewis and Zaccia Curtis. You are cordially invited to celebrate this energy-filled musical adventure and witness the debut of this stellar trio!
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