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SoM to host masterclass with Latin-Jazz Pianist/composer Pavel Polanco-Safadit

Pavel Masterclass EKU School of Music

The EKU School of Music is hosting a Latin-Jazz Pianist/composer Pavel Polanco-Safadit on Friday, October 29th for a masterclass at 1:25 pm in Foster 100 and an evening concert of Latin Jazz at 7:30 in Gifford Theater - Campbell building. 

Pavel Polanco-Safadit is originally from the Dominican Republic, and he holds an undergraduate degree in composition from the University of Arkansas, a master’s degree in composition and music theory from Eastern Kentucky University, and went on to become a dissertator, completing a DMA (doctorate of musical arts) degree in composition from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied under Steve Dembski. 

His compositions have been performed in many locations throughout the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. He has composed pieces in various styles, such as modern music, popular Latin music, and jazz. As a pianist, Pavel performs classical, orchestral, modern, salsa, merengue, bachata, and Latin Jazz music. He has performed with several artists, including Roscoe Mitchell, Romulo Castro, Guillermo Anderson, Richard Davis, Hector Tricoche, La Palabra, Ricky Gonzalez and Sergio George. Pavel has performed in a variety of venues, such as the annual Summerfest, the International Double Reed Society Convention, and the Latin Festival in Milwaukee. He also serves as musical director for the Latino Cultural Alliance (LCU) based in Milwaukee, WI, and accompanies visiting musicians in their performances of Latin-American music.

Published on October 26, 2021

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