Dayramir Gonzalez + OKAN at Lula Lounge

Lula Music and Arts Centre
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A night of cutting-edge Afro-Cuban jazz and roots by the next wave of Cuban innovators.

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Featuring the Toronto debut of NYC pianist Dayramir Gonzalez. Presented by Lula Music and Arts Centre and jazzcast.ca, the exciting new online destination for all things jazz-related. Hosted by Garvia Bailey.

Doors Open: 6:30 pm / Show Starts: 7:30 pm.

Admission: $18 in advance / $25 at the door.

Please note that dinner reservations are the only way to guarantee seating so book early and enjoy the show while exploring Lula’s distinctive tropical fusion dinner, cocktails, wine and beer offerings. For menu details and reservations call 416 588 0307 or visit lula.ca.

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Dayramir Gonzaez

Multi award-winning, Havana-born and raised jazz pianist and composer, Dayramir Gonzalez has quickly become a force to be reckoned-with on the New York Latin jazz scene after the release of his 2018 album, The Grand Concourse.

Hailed for his ‘monster technique’ and prolific creative range which melds rock, pop, jazz and Afro-Cuban stylings, Dayramir weaves a mosaic of both traditional and cutting-edge influences. His vibrant album embraces the pulse and mystique of New York City, as well as the allure of early 20th Century Cuban sonic leanings and the cultural roots and myths of sensually fused Yoruba religious elements.

Having, worked with Oscar Valdes, Klimax and Chucho Valdez will perform in Toronto with some of some of the city’s top jazz players including Amhed Mitchel on drums, Papiosco Torres on percussion and Roberto Riveron on bass.

“In Mr. Gonzalez’s hands, an Afro-Cuban batá drum pattern becomes a tone poem filled with funk attitude and modern-jazz feel.” – The Wall Street Journal, Larry Blumenfeld

“Promising newcomer Dayramir González can be added to the pantheon of distinctive Cuban jazz voices. This Afro-Cuban pianist, composer, and arranger is setting the Latin jazz world on fire in America.” – Carnegie Hall

OKAN - Sombras CD Release

Taking their name from the word for heart or soul in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, OKAN fuses Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, folk and global rhythms in songs about immigration, courage and love.

Embracing genres that have not historically fostered women artists outside of the role of singer, OKAN co-leaders, composers and multi-instrumentalists Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne bring a fresh perspective to Latin and world jazz fusion through their powerful harmonies, incredible musicianship and potent lyrical content.

Winners of a Stingray Rising Stars Award, OKAN's debut EP Laberinto earned independent music awards in both the world music and jazz categories. Their full length CD Sombras includes the tracks released on the 2018 EP enhanced by tracks that delve deeper into the the leaders’ Afro Cuban roots as well as their shared passion for Brazilian music.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Elizabeth Rodriguez is a classically trained violinist who served as concertmaster for Havana’s Youth Orchestra. Magdelys Savigne hails from Santiago de Cuba and graduated with honours in orchestral percussion from Havana’s University of the Arts. Both are JUNO-nominees for their work with Battle of Santiago and Grammy-nominees for their contributions to Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, of which they are former members.

Presented with support from Canada Council, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Creates, Heritage Canada and in partnership with Aga Khan Museum, Small World Music and Emerging Young Artists.

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