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Wednesday December 4
"The Master of Venezuelan Jazz" Gerry Weil with Luis Perdomo
“The biggest lesson I received from Gerry Weil in Venezuela, was to keep my mind open to all types of music" - Jazz Pianist, Luis Perdomo
Vienna-born pianist, Gerry Weil, has built a solid career as a pianist, composer, arranger and educator, and is considered one of the most valuable musicians of his genre, in Latin America.
Weil has performed in notable jazz festivals in Germany, Austria, Spain, Japan, Colombia, Bonaire, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, Cuba and the US.
Undoubtedly "The master of Venezuelan jazz", his career began after emigrating to South America in 1957, receiving classes from Tito Fuentes, Eduardo Cabrera and Rubén Jacpo, and correspondence courses at the prestigious Berklee College of Music.
In Venezuela, Weil is a fundamental icon of national identity and culture, and was awarded the National Music Prize . Decoration of Merit in Gold (2009) for services to the Republic of Austria, was presented to Weil, for his life's work as a cultural bridge between Austria and his second home country.
Weil's dIscography is extensive, and reflects a prolific creator. His most current album is Live in Vienna (2019).
"Venezuela-born pianist Luis Perdomo plays hard, earnest jazz, with Latin jazz serving as his jumping off point." - Downbeat
Acoustic post-bop pianist, Perdomo's playing has been directly or indirectly influenced by Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock, and his mentor and teacher, Gerry Weil, among others
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, the young Perdomo heard jazz greats like Bud Powell and Oscar Peterson, two of his earliest and most important musical influences. Luis was making regular professional appearances on Venezuelan TV and radio by the time he was twelve.
As a longstanding member of groups led by Miguel Zenón and Ravi Coltrane, Luis has made his mark as a performer, a composer and arranger. He can be heard most recently on both Grammy nominated Ravi Coltrane's "Blending Times" and Miguel Zenón's "Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook".
Luis' has released five highly praised recordings as a leader: "Focus Point" (2005), "Awareness" (2006), and the highly acclaimed "Universal Mind" featuring Drew Gress and Jack Dejohnette (2012) for Ravi Coltrane's RKM Music label. "Pathways" in 2008, and The "Infancia" Project in 2012, recorded for Criss Cross Jazz.