Thursday, June 23

Pianist Michel Camilo in person for Q&A, moderated by journalist Emilie Pons!

PLAYING LECUONA is a musical journey though the works and living spaces of Ernesto Lecuona, the internationally acclaimed pianist and piano composer from Latin America. Serving as guides through Lecuona’s music are the three most gifted Latin Jazz pianists in the world: Chucho Valdes, Michel Camilo, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Valdes fuses Latin Jazz together with Afro-Cuban rhythms in Lecuona’s native Havana; Camilo recreates elegant aural soundscapes in New York and the Canary Islands; and Rebalcaba fuses Jazz and Flamenco in Seville, the heart of Andalusia-Spain and a source of great inspiration to Lecuona. Together, these three musicians provide a rich portrait of Lecuona’s music and its influence.

New York based reporter Emilie Pons is a regular contributor to the news agency France USA Media, a columnist for Hot House Jazz , and her work has appeared on A Blog Supreme (NPR), Jazz Times and DownBeat. She has also written for AFP and All About Jazz, and is now writing about New York City jazz clubs for Crain’s.

Screening as part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival.

  • Country Spain
  • Running Time 114 minutes
  • Director Pavel Giroud, Juan Manuel Villar Betancort