Timucua Presents: Spring Jazz

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

Timucua Announces Series of Ticketed Jazz Concerts through May

The ticketed concerts will take the organization to a new level of excellence in its jazz offerings, complementing its pay-what-you-can admission format for most of its Sunday evening events. 

The series kicks off on March 12 with Jon Roniger and the Good for Nothin’ Band, a five-piece New Orleans-style jazz, blues, and funk group, and runs until May 29, with the appearance of guitarist Don Soledad, whose soulful flamenco sound combines Latin jazz and hint of bossa nova. Following Roniger, Timucua welcomes pianist, genre-bending composer and educator Dave Meder, who is becoming one of the most prominent artists of his generation.

The world-class performances will include renowned artists from as far afield as Sweden and Germany, encompassing a diversity of stiles. Offering accessible admission fees, jazz enthusiasts from around Central Florida and beyond are encouraged to attend. In addition, students, veterans, and active military personnel save 50 percent on all ticketed events.

“Dave Meder is a new voice among the best in the world of jazz,” says Benoit Glazer, Timucua’s artistic director. “He masters the piano to the point that labels are inadequate,” he says. “A true virtuoso, he rarely flashes technical brilliance; rather, he plays with music as a child plays with a new toy.” Meder’s latest release for piano trio, Passage, explores progressive ideas in harmony, rhythm, and improvisation, which earned him an ASCAP Foundation 2020 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award. Established in 2002, the accolade encourages young gifted jazz composers aged 30 or below.

All About Jazz has praised Meder for “inventing his music freely, bringing honky-tonk, swing, blues, rock-and-roll—in other words a vibrant hybrid of the whole American spectrum.” Constantly fresh and always surprising, the 29-year-old pianist has already found a uniquely versatile artistic voice, evident in Passage. “You will love Dave,” comments Glazer. “The loving playfulness behind every note he plays is captivating.”

Following Meder, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque make their second appearance at Timucua on March 20, after a spectacular debut in 2018. Bunnett, a five-time Juno Award winner and three-time Grammy Award nominee, has turned her bands and recordings into showcases of the finest musical talent from Canada, the U.S., and Cuba. The internationally acclaimed Canadian instrumentalist is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring, and courageous artistry, while displaying her versatility as a saxophone player and pianist. “She’s at ease in the world of free jazz, cool, straight-ahead jazz, and folk-infused improvisational journeys,” says Glazer. “Her love of Cuban music and her desire to support and lift up other women musicians propels this project to the world stage.”

Bunnett’s exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music; her ability to embrace the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking. Her latest project is Maqueque, which she is bringing to Timucua, is an all-female band of young Cuban artists who blend folkloric grooves and jazz. Bunnett has also received the Order of Canada, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and, most recently, the Premier’s Award for Excellence. 

“The mix between Jane and the band elevates both parts to a new level of fusion that satisfies the soul and restores the mind,” says Glazer. “Just ask anyone who saw them at Timucua the last time they were in Orlando!” 

The full line-up for March, April, and June is:

    • March 12: Jon Roniger and The Good For Nothin’ Band—New Orleans Style
    • March 14: Dave Meder Trio
    • March 20: Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
    • March 25: Per Danielsson—Tenor Sax Legacy Project
    • March 29: Ella & The Bossa Beat
    • April 13: Victor Prieto
    • April 23: Ulysses Owens Quintet
    • May 6: Peter Brötzman—FULL BLAST [Brötzmann-Pliakas-Wertmueller]

 

  • May 29: Don Soledad

 

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American Sign Language Interpreters for Vocal Concerts

Jazz Vocalist Kristina Koller.

Timucua Arts Foundation is proud to announce a new series of vocal music performances interpreted in American Sign Language for the deaf and hard of hearing. The series features two concerts by contemporary Jazz vocalists, one classical voice recital, and a performance by the Helena collective, a contemporary vocal ensemble. The series is made possible in part by an Accessibility grant from United Arts of Central Florida.

“This won’t be the first time that a performance has been ASL interpreted at Timucua, but it is the first time we have looked ahead tried to build a series for the deaf and hard of hearing,” says Timucua Executive Director Chris Belt. “I’m excited to open our doors to a new audience, and to add depth to the experience for everyone.”

The series kicks off on March 15th with progressive Jazz vocalist Kristina Koller, who is no stranger to working with ASL interpreters. “This is amazing,” says Koller. “A fan of mine from Arizona made a music video and put sign language to my original song ‘Hold On.’” 

Each concert will be preceded by a 6:30PM social event where deaf and hard of hearing audience members can socialize, tour the venue, and view the current visual art exhibition. Admission to all events is free, with donations encouraged. Guests are also encouraged to bring food and wine to share.

Sunday, March 15th
Performer: Kristina Koller
Visual artist: Jason Hunt
6:30PM deaf social
7:00PM doors
7:30pm show

Sunday, April 19th
Performer: Virginia Schenck
Visual Artist: Charles Everett
6:30PM deaf social
7:00PM doors
7:30pm show

Sunday, August 2nd
Performer: Zoe McCrae
Visual Artist: TBD
6:30PM deaf social
7:00PM doors
7:30pm show

Sunday, August 30th
Performer: The Helena Collective
Visual Artist: TBD
6:30PM deaf social
7:00PM doors
7:30pm show

Travel the world without leaving Orlando

HORN OF PLENTY
Flutist Karl-Heinz Schütz of the Vienna Philharmoniker
Austrian flutist Karl-Heinz Schütz and a cornucopia of international acts from four continents offer plenty to be thankful for at Timucua in November.

Karl-Heinz Schütz, flute soloist for the Vienna Philharmonic, will play at Timucua for the first time on November 20th. Tickets for this remarkable show, available via Eventbrite for $30, are expected to sell fast, so classical music fans are encouraged to book early.

In addition to Schütz, Timucua welcomes, on Nov. 3rd, Ukranian pianist Elena Ulyanova; and on Nov. 8th, DescolonizARTE Teatro will present two Spanish-language plays created by writers from Chile and Mexico.

Our featured visual artist for November is Weronika Ankarörn, the Swedish painter whose work will be on display from October 27th to November 17th. Ankarörn will be working live during our events on October 27th, November 3rd, 10th, 17th.

Here’s the full November line-up:

NOVEMBER 2nd: Brandon Robertson Quartet (matinee)— an EMMY® nominated director and notable bassist originally from Tampa, Brandon gained notoriety as a member of the popular Florida-based Zach Bartholomew Trio.  In 2012, Brandon released his first album with the Zach Bartholomew Trio entitled “Out of This Town,”  which was positively received by jazz critics. This is a matinee performance. Doors open at 2 p.m. Show starts at 2:30. $10-$20 suggested donation. 

NOVEMBER 3rd: Elena Ulyanova — A globally recognized pianist, she has performed numerous orchestra, chamber, and solo concerts throughout Russia, Ukraine, Austria, Korea, the Netherlands, China, Poland, the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, and Romania. Her performances with orchestras include the Vienna Musikverein Orchestra conducted by Martin Turnovsky, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra with Alexander Vedernikov, the Crimea State Symphony Orchestra in Yalta, State Russian Orchestra “Boyan” with Anatoly Poletayev, and the Omsk Philharmonic with Evgenyi Shestakov. She has performed in Washington D.C., Florida, and the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York. 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $10-$20.

NOVEMBER 8th: DescolonizARTE Teatro — A new Central Florida theater company dedicated to the performance of Spanish-language plays, by Latinos, in Spanish, will present “El Delantal Blanco” by Sergio Vodanovic (Chile) and “El Censo” by Emilio Carballido (Mexico). The plays, directed by company founder Nadia Garzón, will be performed by an ensemble including Ricky Avila, Edna Betancourt, Oscar J. Cuesta, Aurora Davidowitz, Bernardo Mayorga, Lisa María Morales, Paula Trinidad and Leonor Velosa. Descolonizarte Teatro seeks to provide opportunities for Latin American playwrights, directors, actors and actresses to showcase their talents, while recognizing the Latin American experience and celebrating Latin American culture and its contributions in and outside the United States. 7:30 p.m. $20 general admission.

NOVEMBER 10th: Jalen Baker Quartet — Vibraphonist, educator, and composer, Jalen Baker has performed extensively around Chicago. He is quickly making a name for himself in Florida as well, where he is pursuing a master’s degree in Jazz Studies at Florida State University. He was named outstanding soloist at both the Notre Dame and Elmhurst Jazz Festivals and was selected as a
“Next Generation” jazz musician by the Jazz Institute of Chicago. 7:30 p.m. $20 suggested donation

NOVEMBER 15th: Scott Ainslie — Armed with a variety of instruments – vintage guitars, a fretless gourd banjo, a one-string, homemade diddley bow (aka cigar box guitar) and carefully chosen historical personal anecdotes of his encounters with senior musicians across the American South — Ainslie brings the history, roots music, and sounds of America alive. From Old-Time Southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo music to Black Gospel and the Blues, he feels a strong affinity for this music and plays with affection, authority, and power. 7:30 p.m. $20 general admission.

NOVEMBER 17th: Joe Breidenstine Quintet — Enjoy an evening of hard-swinging jazz influenced by the music of Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Lee Morgan and Dizzy Gillespie. Hear New York trumpeter Joe Bredenstine accompanied by local stalwarts: Joe Breidenstine, trumpet; Tom Dietz, tenor sax; Per Danielsson, piano; Charlie Silva, bass; Walt Hubbard, drums. 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $20. 

NOVEMBER 20th: Karl-Heinz Schütz — 7:30 p.m. $30 general admission.

Coming in December:

December 8th — Love Your Shorts Film Festival
December 10th — “Un”Forgotten Art of Olga Coehlo
December 12th — Alex Weitz Quartet
December 15th — M&M Latin Jazz Ensemble
December 17th — Love at Christmas – Holiday Concert
December 18th – Redline.
December 19th — Sungwon Jin – Tenor Solo Recital
December 21st — 502’s Christmas Special

All evening events begin at 7:30 p.m. and run for approximately two hours. Doors open at 7 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring a beverage and snack to share.

SUNDAY NIGHT OPEN HOUSES (BY DONATION)
Doors open at 7 p.m. Shows start at 7:30. Guests are encouraged to bring a beverage and snack to share.

SATURDAY MATINEES
Events start at 2:30 and are priced as indicated. Please do NOT bring snacks or beverages to matinee performances.

About Timucua Arts Foundation
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Timucua Arts Foundation’s mission is to present and inspire great music and art in Central Florida through performance and education. A pillar of Orlando’s cultural community, Timucua presents diverse, high-quality, and usually free-of-cost musical performances, welcoming all audiences on a nearly weekly basis since 2007. The majority of these unique events take place at the celebrated “Timucua,” an intimate and acoustically refined music venue and recording studio, located in the SoDo District of Orlando.

Called Orlando’s “Best Saving Grace,” and ranked third on Orlando Weekly’s list of “100 Things to Do in Orlando Before You Die,” Timucua presents musicians from around the world from the fields of classical, jazz, rock, folk, electronic, and beyond. Timucua also fosters a select group of constituent organizations that present and promote art music, including Accidental Music Festival, Civic Minded 5, Alterity Chamber Orchestra, and the Central Florida Composers Forum. Check out some of the highlights from past events on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/timucua/videos