Havana, May 17 (Prensa Latina) U.S. violinist and composer Karen Briggs conquered the scene of the Cubadisco 2022 event during the opening concert that marked her debut in this capital accompanied by pianist Nachito Herrera and his guests.
For the first time, Briggs arrived in Havana to show her virtuosity at the Cuba Vive recital held the day before, where she performed versions of Cuban, American and Russian composers, including Scheherazade and I got rhythm pieces.
When she plays her violin, she speaks for herself and represents the value of women by imposing her talent in such a difficult field as jazz, said Herrera about the artist, whose career is associated with the world-renowned Greek-American composer Yanni, with whom she shared 13 years of recordings and international tours. She also gained notoriety after her performance in the Yanni Live at the Acropolis concert, broadcast in 65 countries and seen by more than 500 million people.
In this sense, the Havana Jazz band, the National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor Enrique Perez Mesa, and the National Choir conducted by Digna Guerra and the Big Band of the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory matched the vocal and interpretative talent.
“It means a lot, this concert. We are going to show the world once again that Cuba can do classical, dance and choral music. The range of musical education here is one of the best in the world,” the director of the Habana Jazz band told the national press.
For the closing recital, the musician reserved two of the most praised pieces -Gratitud and La fuerza de un pais- together with the Cuban group Buena Fe; giving full meaning to the evening dedicated to the memory of the victims of the accident at the Saratoga hotel as well as to the doctors who fought the Covid-19 pandemic on the island.