No Life without Music
14 March, 2013
No Life without Music

Arturo Sandoval’s Cuban Fire at Tbilisi Concert Hall

“I have a lot of expectations to see how they are gonna react to our music. Does not matter how beautiful is the city, how nice are the people, but if they don’t like our music…” Such humble was Mr. Arturo Sandoval’s disposition a day before the great concert at Tbilisi Concert Hall on March 8. However, Tbilisi city managed to mesmerize the maestro with its beauty and the latter more than

managed to hypnotize its dwellers who will most probably talk about the performers for weeks to come.


“My recommendation is - ‘don’t discriminate any style of music all the way around, listen to everything. The more you listen, the better musician you are; you gonna be the better informed,” this was the piece of advice Arturo gave to Conservatoire students.
The concert was a really something. The vigor and scale of the musician was absolutely amazing and along with his worthy co-players, they formed a sextet. “Music is synonymous of freedom” these were the initial words with which Arturo Sandoval began his interaction with the Georgian audience. The entire hall was floating in the ocean of Afro-Cuban jazz, enriched with so many colors and so much warmth. A monstrous trumpeter who would occasionally turn into a lyrical pianist and a composer of all pieces that has received Grammy, proved to be unbelievable singer too – especially, his imitation of all main instruments was noteworthy.
ASI in Los Angeles, (Arturo Sandoval Institute), helps kids in need, providing them with instruments, tuition, class, scholarship, etc. Arturo promised that if there is a need, they will help Georgian kids too.
Six years ago, engeneer-inventor Jemal Gogisvandze, saw a film about Arturo Sandoval and decided to learn playing on trumpet. He was so impressed by the movie that he created a double instrument especially for Arturo. As he had promised, Arturo Sandoval played at the concert an amazing trumpet with two ends. He became sentimental and confessed that this thing would find a proper place in his house.
“I can’t imagine life without music” - these are Arturo’s words. At the encore, Arturo Sandoval played Dizzy Gillespie’s “Night in Tunisia”, which turned into a real miracle of improvisation, making every corner to vibrate. Samuel Torres on percussion was a marvel.
Arturo Sandoval left the city, but he promised that he would come back.

 

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