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Melissa Aldana Quartet (USA) - Perth International Jazz Festival
Saturday 10 November 9.00pm
Still in her 20’s, Chilean saxophonist and composer Melissa Aldana has had a remarkably rapid evolution from 6-year-old sax prodigy to, “bold new talent,” (NPR) widely considered one of the most compelling tenor saxophonists on the scene. As a child, Aldana studied with her renowned saxophonist father Marcos Aldana. In 2007 she moved to Boston to enroll at Berklee, coming under the mentorship of George Garzone. In 2013 she became the first female instrumentalist and the first South American ever to win the Thelonious Monk Competition. She is also a recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center and a double recipient of the Altazor Award, Chile’s prestigious national arts prize. Melissa has released four recordings as a leader, most recently, ‘Back Home.’
The title ‘Back Home’ might seem to evoke Chile, where Aldana left in 2007 to pursue jazz at ever higher levels in the U.S. In fact, Aldana reveals, ‘Back Home’ “is not really related to Chile itself. It’s related to the first time I picked up the tenor and I heard Sonny Rollins.” The closing title track carries strong echoes of Rollins’ playful spirit, and reveals much about Aldana’s evolution from a 6-year-old alto player to “a bold new talent” (NPR), one of the most compelling and prodigious tenor saxophonists of her time. In fact she wrote “Back Home” specifically for Rollins, she recalls: “He was one of the first reasons I started playing trio, because the freedom that you have within the music, the interaction, the opportunity you have to express yourself and communicate with the other musicians.”
Make the most of you festival weekend and take advantage of our State Theatre Centre Weekend Pass at $200, giving you access to 23 shows, in two close venues, over three days. Day passes are also available for Friday ($60), Saturday ($100) and Sunday ($100). Pass only valid at State Theatre Centre performances. Please note all Perth International Jazz Festival performances at Ellington Jazz Club, The Bird and Downstairs at The Maj are sold separately.
Pass holders will need to arrive at least 15mins before the performance to ensure their seat. 15mins before each show, tickets will become available for single ticket buyers. The pass does not guarantee entry to sold out performances or for late arrivals.
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