From the audience, a great performance comes across like a seamless miracle. If you could get the performer's commentary on what he does, though, you'd learn that each combines theory, technique and tricks of the trade with his talent in a totally individual way - and that's what students and fans have the opportunity to discover in this special master class with percussion legend Francisco Aguabella at Blue Note from 2 pm - 4 pm.
Widely recognized as a master conguero, a knowledgeable instructor and one of the most inspiring artists of all time, Francisco Aguabella has performed with Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Machito, Lalo Schifrin, Peggy Lee, Nancy Wilson, Carlos Santana, Paul Simon, Cachao and other music giants. He left Cuba in 1954 to perform in the Italian film, Mambo, starring Shelley Winters before emigrating to the United States three years later.
Following a long line of stellar Cuban drummers, including Chano Pozo, Candido and Mongo Santamaria, who made an indelible mark in America, Aguabella's music fuses traditional African and Latin rhythms with jazz and soul to create an electrifying and unforgettable sound.
At a typical workshop, the visiting artist performs for a bit, discusses the theory and technique in his performance, invites a member of the audience to play and offers feedback and help with style and execution. Throughout, he answers questions from workshop participants. Because of the access and interchange available in the sessions, students
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