FEDUJAZZ Celebrates International Jazz Day 2018 with “Colors of Jazz”
The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival Educational Foundation, better known as Fedujazz, continued its annual celebration of the International Day of Jazz in the scenic beachfront town of Cabarete, in the Puerto Plata province. International Jazz Day has been officially recognized by UNESCO with concerts and festivities celebrated worldwide. The theme “Colors of Jazz” coincides with the art project that took place at Fedujazz throughout the day, where students and their families participated in painting recycled plastic tanks that are being used for a newly launched percussion ensemble.
Live Music and Art Event at FEDUJAZZ
The “Colors of Jazz” activities commenced at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 28, in the outdoor area at Fedujazz, located adjacent to Cabarete Beach. Fedujazz students and their families, along with community members were in attendance for the day-long event. Artist Adolfo Faringthon shared his creativity with a live painting demonstration of the plastic tanks used in TankLab, the exciting new Fedujazz percussion class.
David Almengod, the famed Dominican percussionist, led a percussion workshop in the morning before the formal commencement of the student ensemble concert. The Contemporary Jazz Ensemble and Blues Ensemble, under the direction of Ronaldo de la Cruz (guitar professor) and Sheldon Sandoval (drumset professor), as well as the Fedujazz Big Band, directed by Jefry Casimiro (brass and reeds professor) all performed.
The professors of the school performed as the Fedujazz Messengers under the direction of bassist and Fedujazz Academic Coordinator Alex Dyring, paying tribute to the diverse history of jazz through an improvised performance. After the performance, the stage was opened for local musicians to participate in a jam session to continue in the spirit of improvisation.
International Jazz Day
The purpose of the celebration is to demonstrate the power of jazz as a tool for unity and peace and to bring about positive social change through continued dialogue between communities. Jazz is not only a style of music, but also a boundless art form that has the potential to create a more inclusive society. The UNESCO General Conference chose April 30 as the International Day of Jazz in November of 2011.
More about Fedujazz
Fedujazz is a non-profit organization that has had the honor of hosting the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival for the last 21 years, and offers tuition-free music education to the youth of the Cabarete and Puerto Plata region, with the goal of using music as a catalyst for social development.