On Oct. 13, 2012 at the Vandoren/Buffet Clarinet Ensemble Festival, Paquito D’Rivera’s new work "The Elephant and the Clown" is premiering for double Clarinet Quartet. The performance of the new work will be at 6:00 pm at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Music Building Recital Hall in Greensboro, NC.
The new piece will join several works for Clarinet available from exclusively from Boosey and Hawkes. A PDF listing of works for clarinet is available and also directly from the Boosey and Hawkes website.
Today, September 26, 2012, Paquito D’Rivera was declared "Hijo Dilecto de Asunción" (honesty with love and respectful recognition – son of Asunción). The honor comes from the city of Asunción, the capitol of Paraguay.
Paquito D’Rivera was very moved, and declared himself a ‘lover of Paraguay’, and that he wants to return with his wife, to know the country better. He later commented on Facebook to be very honored by the recognition.
Tonight, along with guitarist Berta Rojas, Paquito performs pieces from Dia y Medio, a CD dedicated to Paraguay, Gran Teatro del Banco Central del Paraguay. The album was just nominated for Best Instrumental Album by the Latin Grammys.
The Latin GRAMMY® Awards, on Sept. 25, has announced this year’s nominees with Paquito D’Rivera receiving a nomination for Best Instrumental Album "Día y Medio" with extraordinary guitarist, Berta Rojas.
"Día y Medio" or "A Day and a Half" comprises 12 tracks, many by Paraguayan composer Agustín Pío Barrios Mangoré. You can find the album dedicated to Paraguay on iTunes and Amazon.
The XIII Annual Latin GRAMMY® Awards will air on November 15, 2012 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV, broadcast live on the Univision Network from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET/PT (7:00 p.m. Central).
Photo by Jermaine Cruickshank – Trinidad Express Newspaper
Two reviews of the concert on Sept. 16 at Queens Hall, Port-of-Spain in Trinidad.
The tour "In the Footsteps of Mangore" with Berta Rojas continues throughout the Americas with Honduras and Costa Rica this week. See the full schedule.
Travis Rogers, Jr., posted a wonderful review on JazzTimes.com of Dia y Medio, a joint venture of Paquito D’Rivera and Paraguayan guitarist Berta Rojas.
"To have a musician of D’Rivera’s performing and composing skills alongside Rojas’ dedication to her homeland makes for a moving and enlightening journey into Paraguay. Hers is the old love of home and his is the new love of a captivated traveler."
Full review from JazzTimes.com.
Read further about Dia y Medio on paquitodrivera.com including track information.