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Associate Professor of Music
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
The Knox Winter Jazz series showcases global artists with diverse cultural perspectives for a free concert and one-on-one experiential programming with Knox students and the Galesburg community.
January 14, 2017
Workshop in Jay Rehearsal Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts, Knox College
Concert in Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts, Knox College
Free and open to the public
Juan Carlos Formell combines the musical traditions of his native Cuba with influences from throughout the Caribbean and Latin America along with the flavor and sophistication of New York, where he has resided for nearly two decades. Internationally recognized as an innovative troubadour, gifted composer, and an inspired multi-instrumentalist, his discography and list of collaborations sets him apart as one of the most accomplished cosmopolitan artists on the scene today.
The latest version of Formell's trio, el Nuevo Son Radical, includes the fabulous percussionist Chuito Quintero and newcomer bassist Ben Willis. Formell's switch to twelve-string guitar has added yet another dimension to the group's sound as the instrument's doubled strings emulate the traditional Cuban tres used in Cuban son while providing the harmonic possibilities of a guitar fingerboard. Willis' accompanying vocals and powerful bass complement Formell's expressive vocals and virtuosity and the many colors of Quintero's percussive palette combine to create a formidable ensemble that often leaves audiences baffled as to how three musicians can generate so much music. They are a fixture on the New York Cuban music scene and perform weekly at Guantanamera NYC, a bastion for Cuban music and a familiar hangout for famous and revered musicians of all genres.
2016: Juan Pastor's Chinchano
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