Alfredo Roedriguez’s musical passion will fill the Vanderoief Studio Theater for four nights next week.  Chuck Gee/Courtesy photo


Cuban keyboard artist Alfredo Rodriguez brings jazz to town

By From page A7 | January 19, 2012

Young Cuban-born Alfredo Rodriguez and his jazz trio will visit the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre for four nights — Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 25-28, at 8 p.m.

Rodriguez trained in the classical conservatories of Havana, and as a result his jazz compositions are informed by composers like Bach and Stravinsky, with inflections that display his Cuban roots.

Rodriguez was “discovered” at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2006 by producer Quincy Jones. Later, he was asked to work with Academy Award-winning Chinese composer Tan Dun, Grammy Award-winning songwriter Siedah Garrett and Jones to compose the English-version theme song for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

Rodriguez also was asked to perform that song at the closing ceremony of the Shanghai International Film Festival, the first non-Chinese artist to receive such an invitation.

Tickets for his Mondavi Center appearance, in the cabaret configuration of the Studio Theatre, are $38 general, $19 for students, available at www.mondaviarts.org or (530) 754-2787.

Jeff Hudson

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