Catherine Wilson, Piano/Artistic Director
Norman Hathaway, Viola
Corey Gemmel, Violin
Jim Vivian, Bass
Sybil Shanahan, Cello
Don Thompson, O.C., Vibes
Kevin Turcotte, Trumpet
Luisito Orbegoso, Latin Percussion
Juan Carlos Medrano, Latin Percussion
Latin Romance is Ensemble Vivant’s 14th CD. Performing music by composers from Latin countries has been a passion since the group’s inception. The rich, seductive musical canvas for Latin Romance evolved over the past few years with arrangements and suggestions from jazz great Rick Wilkins, C.M., a champion of Ensemble Vivant’s music-making since the very early days of the group’s career, and from musical collaborator and arranger Don Thompson, O.C.
Ensemble Vivant’s Latin Romance shimmers with a colourful tapestry of compelling works by Brazilian composers including Egberto Gismonti’s sparkling Loro and his hauntingly beautiful Memoria Y Fado; two popular infectious Brazilian Tangos by Ernesto Nazareth (known as the Scott Joplin of Brazil), Odeon and Garôto; Mozart Carmargo Guarnieri’s deeply alluring Dansa Negra and Antônio Carlos Jobim’s impassioned Zingaro; Argentinean Astor Piazzolla’s riveting Cité Tango and his transcendent Oblivion; Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona’s joyous Andalucia (Spain’s southern sunny region); four Latin inspired works include Spanish composer Isaac Albeniz’s famous Tango in D; Canadian composer John Burke wrote his passionate Art Tango, La Despedida as a present for Ensemble Vivant’s pianist Catherine Wilson; Canadian composer Phil Dwyer’s evocative Bernardo’s Tango and American composer Leroy Anderson’s most inspired Latin composition, Serenata, complete this highly original and gorgeous program.