“Much like the best of his contemporaries, Mr. Almazan revels in the space between musical styles, and between form and improvisation.”
—Wall Street Journal
8:00 PM—The Oxford American is excited to welcome the Fabian Almazan Trio, featuring Linda May Han Oh and Henry Cole to Little Rock! This is the second show in their 2018-19 Jazz Series. Doors open at 6:00 PM, with dinner and drinks available for purchase at that time. The series is made possible in part by presenting sponsor UCA College of Fine Arts & Communication.
Additional season partners include Stella Boyle Smith Trust, Chris & Jo Harkins, J. Mark & Christy Davis, EVO Business Environments, Downtown Little Rock Partnership, Stacy Hamilton of Pulaski Heights Realty, Margaret Ferguson Pope, Arkansas Arts Council, Department of Arkansas Heritage, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Capital Hotel, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Rosen Music Company, and Steinway Piano Gallery of Little Rock.
Twelve-show packages for new subscribers will go on sale to the general public on May 7 via Metrotix.com (or by calling 800-293-5949), followed by four-show packages on May 10. Single tickets for individual shows will be available beginning May 28. Tickets are $30 (General Admission), $42 (Reserved), and $44 (Premium Reserved). Please take a look at this very important ticketing and seating information before purchasing your tickets (view reserved seating chart). Full season ticket pricing and options are also available in a consolidated format, here.
The Cuban-born, Miami-raised, New York-based composer’s daredevil piano technique has supported established bandleaders like Terence Blanchard, Mark Guiliana, Linda May Han Oh, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Dave Douglas. Like roots seeking water, the music of Fabian Almazan ventures beyond the jazz club and the concert hall and into the streets, forests, and subterranean worlds.
Almazan’s focus on social and environmental justice is evident with his latest release, the breathtaking nine-movement suite Alcanza. Alcanza translates as “Reach,” and its Spanish-language lyrics are a call to do just that. While they reflect on moments of self-discovery and personal change in relation to the natural world, they also raise more basic issues of identity. “I hope that young Latino and Hispanic boys and girls view this album as an inspiration to aspire towards everything in life they want to,” Almazan says, in a recent interview with Latin Jazz Corner. “They should not have to think of themselves as anything other than equal to every single other human being in the world.”