Date(s) - 18/11/2020
20:00 - 22:00
Richard Bona and Alfredo Rodriguez on Siesta Festival
On November 26, 2020 in Baltic Philharmonic, Siesta Festival will say its farewell for the year… in the most explosive way imaginable! Richard Bona, sometimes called the Sting of Africa, and his brand new lineup of accompanying musicians will showcase his new program with afrocuban leanings, including his new album that is scheduled for release in the very same month – we will not simply witness one of the greatest musicians of ethno-jazz and one of the greatest bassists in the world, but will also be one of the first in the world to get the taste of his brand new material!
Born in a village in central Cameroon, Richard Bona’s journey got him through Romania and Paris, until he eventually settled in New York, where his charisma was immediatelly recognized by the titans of jazz: Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, Joe Zawinul, Steps Ahead and even Pat Metheny, who offered him a position in his legendary “Group”. He toured across the world accompanying all these legends, eventually also becoming known for his own projects with stronger roots in African culture, yet maintaning traditional European harmony and American freeform attitude – an inseparable part of Jazz music.
From Siesta project’s perspective, Richard Bona is a “founding” artist, whose works were showcased from the very first auditions, so it is hard to believe it took us this long to see him live on the festival! Perhaps the organizers were waiting for a more suitable moment… and what better one could you find than the festival’s 10th anniversary?
Alongside Richard Bona will perform Alfredo Rodriguez – piano master from Cuba. The two musicians have been in close acquaintance ever since Richard lent his bass guitar talents for some compositions on the latter’s third album Tocororo, produced by Quincy Jones. They will be joined by drummer and vocalist Pedrito Martinez, known for his collaborations with Bruce Springsteen, Wynton Marsalis and Sting.