Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Alfredo Triff Plays the Dali This Weekend

Emit, the concert series organized by trombonist, composer and professor David Manson, brings yet another extraordinary artist to town, with Miami violinist and composer Alfredo Triff's performance this Friday at the Dali.

Triff, a Cuban expatriate who initially settled in Pennsylvania before relocating to South Florida, had a fascinating musical education in Fidel's Cuba, as Kip Hanrahan relates in his liner notes for the violinist's debut CD, 2001's 21 Broken Melodies at Once:

"Each day the Party (as his employer) would tell him where and what he was to play -- with an aging charanga band one night, Tchaikovsky for a visiting head of an African state the next, at a guaguanco street festival the next, with Leo Brower on a film soundtrack the next, with a tourist son band the next."

I interviewed Triff several years ago for a feature piece published in Miami New Times. And here's a video, shot along downtown Miami, Wynwood, Calle Ocho and Overtown, made to accompany Triff's "Boleros Perdidos."

Triff's music is an engrossing mix of Latin/Caribbean, jazz, folk and experimental styles. His recordings, including 21 Broken Melodies, offer a fascinating melange of sounds; expect a similar approach when he takes the stage. For the St. Petersburg concert, he'll lead a trio with bassist Alex Berti and percussionist Daniel Ponce. All the details are below.

If I weren't headed to the Bear Creek Music & Art Festival this weekend, I'd make a point of going to the Triff show. Let's hope the word gets out on this one.

Here's the release from David Manson:

Friday, November 14 is a very special EMIT/Salvador Dali Museum collaboration. The Alfredo Triff Trio will be performing at the Salvador Dali Museum complimenting the Wifredo Lam visiting collection.

I have to tell you that all three musicians are world-class. They were on the EMIT series last year as players in the Boleros Perdidos project. Alex is the finest Latin bassist that I’ve ever heard. Daniel is a top-notch conguero and Alfredo makes the violin sing. I hope to see you there!

David Manson

Concert Alfredo Triff Trio - Wifredo Lam Event

Friday, November 14, 8:00 p.m.

Miami violinist Alfredo Triff brings his amazing world-class Afro-Cuban Trio to the Dalí Museum to coincide with the museum's current exhibit, "Wifredo Lam." Alfredo Triff's Trio delivers original Afro Cuban acoustic music with influences such as jazz, rock and avant-garde.

In addition to Triff's extraordinary violin playing, his Trio features one of the finest conga players anywhere, Daniel Ponce, as well as the remarkable bassist Alex Berti.

Both Triff and Ponce were a part of the New York's Loisaida neighborhood downtown music scene of the early 1980s, collaborating on many recordings with Eddie Palmieri, Kip Hanrahan, Luigi Nono, Don Pullen, Bill Laswell, Paquito d'Rivera, Laurie Anderson, Patti Labelle and the Rolling Stones among many others. Concert co-presented with the EMIT Series of New Music

Refreshments served and beer and wine for sale.

Admission is $10 General; $8 Seniors & Students; $5, Dalí Members. Tickets available at door.

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