EKU Forges with Costa Rican Centrocultural
Eastern Kentucky University has established a relationship with the Costa Rican Centrocultural that has enabled us to send performance groups to Costa Rica for concerts, workshops, and master classes. Recently a jazz combo comprised of students and faculty from EKU and Kentucky State University performed in San José and in Limón.
The quintet, led by Dr. Larry Nelson (bass) from EKU and Prof. Marlin McKay (trumpet) from KSU, included EKU students Sabin Martinez-Rice (saxophone) and LeMorris Hunt (piano), and Mack Taylor (drums), represented KSU.
The first performance, on Monday night, was a concert in Cahuita, a town in the Limón province. The audience was small but appreciative; many of those attended talked to the group afterward about their knowledge of, and appreciation for, jazz music.
On Wednesday, the ensemble participated in a parade in Limón celebrating the annual "Dia Del Negro." The float was provided by the American Embassy, and the US Ambassador to Costa Rica rode on the float. Costa Rica's President Luis Guillermo Solís came by the float shortly before the parade. Thousands of people lined the streets,many of whom danced to the combo's music as the float passed.
The third concert was held in San José, at the Teatro Eugene O'Neill on Thursday evening, followed by an open master class and jam session for local jazzfans and musicians of Friday afternoon.
These events once again demonstrated that jazz is alive and
well in Costa Rica.
This late August/early September tour is the third to feature EKU students and faculty and the first collaboration between EKU and KSU. Both efforts proved successful, and hopefully many more will follow.
Published on September 12, 2016