[The online box office is closed for this event. Tickets will be available at the Berkshire Museum starting at 6:30pm.]
Headline weekend for the 15th annual Pittsfield CityJAZZ Festival kicks off with the prodigious Cuban pianist Dayramir Gonzalez and his quartet. A jazz pianist, composer, arranger and music visionary, Gonzalez has appeared at leading jazz venues worldwide. His group includes Dean Torrey, bass; Juan Chiavassa, drums; and Arturo Stable, a master Cuban percussionist and composer.
The 7:30pm concert will be preceded by a wine bar that opens at 6:30pm. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the event.
Gonzalez’s knack for weaving a mosaic of both traditional and cutting-edge inspirations is not solely tethered to his daring blend of genres. His music embraces the pulse and mystique of New York City, as well as the allure of early 20th century Cuban sonic leanings and the cultural roots and myths of sensually fused Yoruba religious elements, elevated by his 21st century precision.
He was the first Cuban National to Receive Berklee's Presidential Scholarship, and also received the prestigious Wayne Shorter Award for Best Jazz Composer in 2013. He appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba in 2016.