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ATHENAEUM JAZZ AT SCRIPPS RESEARCH-Melissa Aldana: Visions for Frida Kahlo
March 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$35 – $40
The spring series opens on Wednesday, March 11, with Melissa Aldana: Visions for Frida Kahlo, featuring Aldana on tenor saxophone, Sam Harris on piano, Pablo Menares on bass, and Tommy Crane on drums. Chilean-born Aldana returns to the Athenaeum series, having made her local debut at the library in 2014 just shortly after becoming the first female musician and the first South American musician to win the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. Reporting her win, the Washington Post described her as representing “a new sense of possibility and direction in jazz.” Her 2019 CD, Visions, represents a major fulfillment of that possibility. As jazz journalist Nate Chinen wrote for WBGO: “Melissa Aldana . . . has the elusive ability to balance technical achievement against a rich emotional palette. Visions, her finest album, was inspired by the inner life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.” Aldana commented, “I wrote each movement of the suite relating to a different anecdote of her life. The last two are inspired by two of my favorite paintings of hers.” Aldana’s Athenaeum performance will include original video inspired by Kahlo’s artwork and legacy. All About Jazz wrote, “Aldana’s playing is subtle and elegant and of a highly melodic nature . . . the colorful palette on display here is everything other than inconspicuous . . . Aldana’s Visions proves itself a highlight of this year.”