The Arona Jazz Festival returns to Los Cristianos after seven years of silence
The Plaza de La Pescadora in Los Cristianos will come alive with the sounds of jazz on November 24th and 25th, hosting the 2023 edition of the Arona Jazz Festival. This event, organized by the Cultural Board of the Arona Council, was presented in a press conference by the municipality's mayor, Fátima Lemes, the Councillor of Culture, Javier Baute, the coordinator of the Arona Cultural Board responsible for the festival, Horacio Rodríguez, and the CEO of Volf Producciones Internacional, Pedro Marcos.
The mayor expressed her gratitude to the Cultural Board for reviving this event, which, after eight editions of notable success, had been silent for seven years. She highlighted that the festival adds an interesting touch to the cultural offerings of the municipality, providing residents and tourists with a high-quality event. Additionally, it contributes to the economy of Los Cristianos.
Javier Baute added that the intention is to continue supporting this festival in the coming years with the goal of gaining international recognition, making Arona resonate with jazz both on and off the island. He pointed out that this is a preview of the new direction of Arona's cultural programming starting in 2024, aligning with the personal goal and that of his government team to make culture a significant commitment of the Arona City Council, becoming a distinctive feature of the municipality. He thanked the cultural event promoters for "counting on Arona again."
The CEO and production director of Volf Producciones expressed satisfaction with the revival of this festival after seven years and emphasized the importance of Arona once again embracing jazz, a musical genre with a large following that often "gets overlooked in the South of Tenerife."
Pedro Marcos highlighted that the goal for this year's event was to create an exciting agenda with quality artists, focusing on names from the Archipelago while also including jazz that is making waves beyond the islands. He revealed that the intention for the next year is to feature internationally renowned artists.
Horacio Rodríguez, the initial driving force behind the festival, expressed his particular satisfaction with the revival of this event that had achieved notable success and was missed after such a long hiatus. He emphasized the importance of holding these concerts on the street because it enlivens the area and commercial activity, reaching not only those attending the event but also individuals who may suddenly discover a love for this genre of music. He explained that during the festival, almost 200 chairs will be set up in Plaza de La Pescadora for those who want to enjoy the music while seated.
Program of events:
There are two performances on each day, which will start at 9:00pm and will last about an hour each, starting on Friday, November 24th, with the Jason Luis Project, followed by a tribute to Bill Evans performed by Alberto Medina, Tara Santana, and David Xirgu. That jazz-filled night will feature the rhythms of the lute, bass, and drums in the first performance, and piano, double bass, and drums in the second.
The first performance on Saturday night, November 25th, will be by Gino Marcelli & Lloreda Dúo, with piano and guitar, and the closing act of the night and the two-day festival, will be by the Tenerife-based jazz fusion trio A Fes Colores who will take the stage with guitar, electric bass, and drums.
Harmonic improvisation, modern treatment of classical instruments like the lute, beautiful melodic constructions inspired by the "poet of the piano" Bill Evans, and moments for silence and enjoyment with artists of different influences – these will be some of the ingredients to savour during this festival… and it’s free!
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