JAZZ Michel Camilo
Glasgow: Old Fruitmarket, Sat 8 Jul, 7.30pm.
Michel Camilo was already well down the road to a career in classical music when he stumbled across the music that would quickly become his principal focus. Born and brought up in the Dominican Republic, he was studying piano and composition at the strictly classical conservatory in Santiago when the revelation burst upon him.
’I was fourteen before I heard any jazz. I was practising piano at home one day, and took a break. I turned on the radio, and there was Art Tatum playing ’Tea for Two'. I was totally mesmerised, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. That was it for me. It was very hard to find jazz records in the Dominican Republic at that time, but there were a couple of radio shows, and I got friendly with the guys who ran them. I would hear their records, and try to work things out at the piano for myself.’
Camilo moved onto the National Symphony Orchestra while still in his mid-teens, but was encouraged to pursue his jazz leanings by some American classical musicians who came to play at a festival in Santiago. One of them invited him to visit New York, and there was no turning back. He moved there three years later in 1979, and began to build a name for himself.
He became a hot property on the international jazz scene in the late 805, and recorded a sequence of fine records for Columbia, from trio to big band. He never abandoned his interest in classical music, however, and continues to play and compose in that form, including his own Piano Concerto.
‘Even when I moved to New York to be right in the middle of the jazz scene, I still studied classical at
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Camilo's electrifying technique and improvisational flair are heard to maximum advantage in the trio setting which he will use in his jazz festival debut, but he has also been performing solo in recent years, and has recorded Spain, a new duo album with flamenco guitarist Tomatito which reveals a different facet of his playing.
’The trio has been my centre for many years, but it’s good to keep developing in new directions. I also put together my big band once in a while, which is always very exciting. For me, each one is different. I like to challenge myself, and try to keep on developing as a musician.’ (Kenny Mathieson)
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