The Pace Report

Season 2011 Episode 10.10.11

The Pace Report: "A New Sound, A New Trio Approach" The Michel Camilo Interview

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After being away for four year, pianist and composer Michel Camilo is back with his debut disc “Mano a Mano” on the Decca/EmArcy label. Camilo continues the Afro-Caribbean jazz legacy with a new trio. Born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Michel began his musical journey while studying music at the age of 4. He composed his first composition at age 5, eventually he studied diligently for 13 years at the National Conservatory. By the time he reached 16, he was playing professionally with the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic. In 1979 Michel moved to New York where in further continued his studies in music at the Juilliard School of Music and Mannes. In his 30 years as a professional musician, Michel has recorded and been dedicated to piano stylings of classical, jazz, and international music. He’s won a Grammy, two Latin Grammys, and a Emmy for the theme of The Goodwill Games. Michel’s first composition “Why Not?” was recorded by the legendary Paquito D’Rivera and vocal group The Manhattan Transfer. Over the years he backed and recorded with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, George Benson, Eddie Palmieri, Jaco Pastorius, Joe Lovano, and Herbie Hancock. Michel’s latest disc “Mano a Mano” features master conguero Giovanni Hidalogo and bassist Charles Flores. What he expresses musically on this disc is that he explores the music of his Dominican roots. The two styles, bachata, which is a ballad-like style of music, and merengue, music for that’s similar to the ‘two-step.’ All of these music styles as well as the sounds of boogaloo, rumba, and samba-choro permeate on this wonderfully produced CD. Currently Michel is on the road with his trio. For upcoming dates or to order his latest disc, please visit him on the web atmoreless

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