Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) has received grant support from Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund to support a musical collaboration between Harlem Quartet and Cuban pianist/composer Aldo López-Gavilán in March 2018. The artists will be presented as a public performance at ECA on March 8, preceded by a documentary short film and artist Q&A. They will also lead a free outreach program in the Edmonds School District on March 7.
According to an ECA announcement, Tulalip Tribes’ mission is to create a healthy and culturally vibrant community. “We are incredibly grateful for Tulalip Tribes’ support of this unique, cross-cultural opportunity,” explains Gillian Jones, ECA’s Director of Programming. “It’s our hope that the artists’ performance and outreach program will spark a dialogue for our broader community around the changing geopolitical relationship between Cuba and the United States.”
Thanks to the recent thaw in U.S./Cuba relations, the tour sees Aldo López-Gavilán reunited with his older brother Ilmar, who left Cuba at age 14 and went on to co-found Harlem Quartet. The artists will showcase their chemistry in a broad variety of repertoire, including American jazz standards, bossa nova classics, and several original compositions from López-Gavilán. A pre-show screening of Los Hermanos [The Brothers] (2017) adds context to the story of Ilmar and Aldo. After 30 years, the changing relationship between their countries now offers the brothers the opportunity of a U.S. concert tour together.
ECA’s presentation of Harlem Quartet with Aldo López-Gavilán has also received generous sponsorship support from Ralph & Doreen Boy, Leslie & Mike Foley, and Bruce & Elaine Nickolson.
Tickets to Harlem Quartet and Aldo López-Gavilán on March 8 at 7:30 pm: $19-$49, $15 youth/student, 10% discount for seniors and military. Admission to Los Hermanos [The Brothers] is free-of-charge to the public. Please call the ECA Box Office at 425-275-9595, go online at www.ec4arts.org, or visit us in person at the ECA Box Office, located at 410 Fourth Avenue North. ECA is a proud member of TeenTix, and offers $5 tickets to teens at the Box Office on the day of the performance, pending availability. To become a TeenTix member, register at www.teentix.org.