A Salsa Night! will feature the Latin American Popular Music Ensemble (LAPME) and Grammy Award Winner and guest artist Gonzalo Grau, who will be visiting the Jacobs School for the fourth time since 2006. Included in the concert will be a collection of Grau’s own compositions and arrangements.
Grau has performed with Aquiles Báez and Grammy Award Winner Adam del Monte, and was a guest performer in IU’s collegiate premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s opera Ainadamar, conducted by Carmen-Helena Téllez.
During the week of March 19 - 22, Grau was in residency with members of the Jacobs School’s Latin American Popular Music Ensemble (LAPME). A Salsa Night! reflects the collaboration between the LAPME and Grau during that time.
“This has been an exciting year for the LAMC,” reflects interim director
Erick Carballo. “In the fall the LAPME presented a concert of flamenco music with guest artist Adam del Monte and we launched our Chamber Music Series ‘Salón Latino.’ We have started to record the CD of cello solo music with Nicholas Mariscal (winner of the Third Annual Latin American Music Recording Competition,) our Latin Valentine Concert sold out, and now we are fortunate to have Gonzalo Grau working with our LAPME students. Mr. Grau is not only a great artist, but also a very knowledgeable musician. He has the ability to fluently perform the languages of classical, popular, and jazz musical styles, connecting these styles in a way that is very enriching for the students and practical for their emerging careers.”
About Gonzalo Grau
Grau began his musical studies at the age of five in Caracas, Venezuela, developing skills on many instruments from the viola da gamba to the flamenco cajón. He has recorded over fifty CDs with a diversity of styles and instruments, and working as performer, producer, and composer.
In 1995, Grau was awarded a scholarship at Berklee College of Music, where he graduated in 1998 Summa Cum Laude as a Piano Performance Major. Since then he has collaborated on many projects with ensembles in traditional and contemporary Latin styles. In addition to performing, Grau also produces and arranges for a variety of national and international artists such as Sally Potter Films, Mango Blue, Edwin Pabón, Brass Roots, Saxomanía, and his own band, La Clave Secreta (formerly known as “La Timba Loca”).
Grau has been part of vanguard Venezuelan projects such as Maroa, Aquiles Báez Group and the Gonzalo Grau Quintet, as well as the US-based Maria Schneider Orchestra (Grammy Winner 2005), and Latin jazz group Timbalaye. He performs flamenco as a multi-instrumentalist on percussion, cello and piano, and has worked with renowned artists from Spain and the US such as Antonio Granjero, La Tania, La Conja, Pedro Cortés, Jesus Montoya, Edwin Aparicio, Chuscales, Omayra Amaya, and Alejandro Granados.
Classically, Gonzalo has collaborated with Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov in the writing of La Pasión Según San Marcos (2001 Grammy Award nominee) and the opera Ainadamar (2007 Grammy Award winner). In 2005 he composed and orchestrated the work Nazareno for the Albuquerque Symphonic Orchestra, commissioned by the National Institute of Flamenco.
His contributions to theater and film include an arrangement of El Carretero for Sally Potter’s 2004 film Yes. He also composed the score for and musically directed Landscapes and Impressions by Craig Strong and Robert Castro, which was produced by the Santa Fe Opera.