Festival de Jazz Resonancias Yucatán kicks off with a weekend of music, art and fantastic performances on the Cultural District of Mérida, Parque Santa Lucía, on Friday November 22nd.
Mérida, Yucatán.- Samuel Rafinesque, who is the Artistic Director of the “Resonancias” Jazz festival in Yucatan, is also a musician of the Yucatán Symphonic Orchestra, the man is from Montpellier, France, and guess what? He plays the French Horn!
Mr. Rafinesque presided the press conference that took place on Monday November 4th, at Rosas & Xocolate boutique hotel located on iconic Paseo de Montejo, where the first edition of the Festival de Jazz Resonancias Yucatán was officially announced.
This Festival will take place from November 22 to 24 in the municipalities of Mérida, Progreso, Izamal and Valladolid, featuring a series of free concerts with top national and international artists.
The Yucatan Superior School of Arts and the Palace of Music have joined this festival collaborating with five masterclasses. The inauguration event will take place in the Santa Ana Park on November 22nd at 7:30 p.m.
This event will feature 3 days of music, 4 major concerts in four different municipalities 1 jazz route in Mérida that takes place on November 24 starting at Rosas & Xocolate, passing through El Dzalbay Cantina (on the corner of Calle 53 and Calle 64), and ending up at magnificent Peón Contreras Theater, where the Jorge Pardo Jazz Quartet will delight the audience.
The Festival de Jazz Resonancias Yucatán will feature a total of 16 groups and invited artists, resulting in more than 80 musicians on stage, at 8 different venues across the state.
The entrance will be free to all the events that begin on November 22nd at 6:30 pm, with the inauguration and presentation of the Meridano Quartet, David Pastor and the Mérida Big Band, and Paté de Fua in the Parque de Santa Ana, in downtown Mérida.
The festival continues on Saturday 23rd, starting at 5 PM, with Esencia Mestiza, Bahía de Ascenso (ft. Ganayva Doraiswamy), and the quartet of Héctor Infanzón, who will perform on the international boardwalk of the Port of Progreso.
Also on the 23rd, the groups Son del Sur and Yucatán Jazz Ensamble will perform at 6 PM, in the beautiful magic town of Izamal.
Finally, on the 24th, a concert will take place in the central square of Valladolid, featuring Nocturbanda, Xaman and IQBA.
And also on the 24th, the Festival is wrapped up at the Peón Contreras Theater, where the Jorge Pardo Jazz Quartet will perform.
Erica Beatriz Millet Corona, Secretary of Culture and Arts of Yucatan, said that this festival is expected to highlight culture and tradition in the state. Demonstrating that Yucatecans have good taste in music, and are real connoisseurs that know how to enjoy the Jazz genre.
She stated that this initiative seeks to reflect the cultural and artistic potential of our beloved state, and position this annual festival as major tourist attraction.
by Alejandro Azcárate for The Yucatan Times