Panamanian Musician who “Speaks many Languages”
20 March, 2014
Panamanian Musician who “Speaks many Languages”
On 13 March, Tbilisi audience enjoyed a really special evening. Not for dancers, not for music fans, but for real listeners who can forget about everything and just listen and penetrate into this magnetic world of music that in this case, forty-eight-year-old Danilo Perez, one of the finest pianists and composers of our era, offered at the Tbilisi Event Hall together with Adam Cruz on the drums, Doctor Ben Street on the bass and Rony Eytan from Barkley College on
the harmonica. It was a very diverse audience, both in age as nationality.
“It is a pleasure to be here in Tbilisi. Panama 500 is the soundtrack to what we call ‘rediscovery’ of the Pacific Ocean. We are proud to be presenting this project to you,“ his Excellency Mr. Danilo Perez opened the evening.
The audience was quiet which means a listening culture is rising. They were not disturbed by smoking either, as it was a non-smoking series.
“We are following all the jazz series and we are very grateful and happy that it exists. I think that each and every concert has a very individual tone and also today I am very pleased to hear very individual and very creative songs. I am happy to be here and look forward to the next concert,” Steven Stork, a foreigner living in Georgia told Georgian Journal at the beginning of the concert.
The concert lasted for an hour and a half. Kakha Tolordava, journalist and jazz lover, commented to us: “I do not have any expectations regarding the jazz series. I usually only know a performer and his/her abilities, and can only make some assumptions what can be offered in this particular case. The music we heard today is music with great depth. Danilo Perez is not the kind of artist to whom applause matter a lot. He just plays the music that he hears right here, right now. This is the music of meditation. Such musicians go on world tours not with the intention to coquet with the audience, but only to introduce their own special treat. This is a musician who can ‘speak many languages.’ One should listen to him with Wayne Shorter. I would not say that this is the best live I have ever listened to, but the musician is really there.”
Georgian Jazz Guru Gaioz Kandelaki pointed out: “Perez does not obey any standard. He did not receive that Grammy by accident. Tastes differ but from my part I would like to mention that for me personally it is a great gift. He plays individual music that differs from anything else. Moreover, it is very polyphonic. I was sharing my experience with my friend that he is a very educated pianist. His music gives a room to the whole world. I compare his music to Keith Jarreth, Billy Evans; however he is a great individual. He does not impose this music - it is up to a listener whether or not he/she receives it. I myself have received it with pleasure. I am leaving this concert with high moral and aesthetic values.”
Eastern Promotion continues to amaze the jazz lovers and to promote jazz which we, Georgians, know quite well already and understand that it is far more than music. Until 27 April! Victor Wooten Band in store for you!

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