The UI Latin Jazz Ensemble was performing on Studio Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
By Wai Chuen Chan
On December 7, the UI Latin Jazz Ensemble performed on Studio Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The performance works with South American, Caribbean, Afro-Cuban, and traditional jazz influences.
Latin jazz, also called Afro-Cuban jazz, a style of music that blends rhythms and percussion instruments of Cuba and the Spanish Caribbean with jazz and its fusion of European and African musical elements. During the show, there were some percussion instruments used that I couldn’t see often in other musical performance. There were musical instruments included Clave, Conga drums, Maracas, Cowbell and Cabasa.
I felt the pitch of Latin Jazz was quite in a high register. It sounded and expressed differently than other Jazz music, it gives Latin Jazz its own significance as a genre. And because of these high pitches coming from the instruments, the show was very enthusiastic and excited. I also really like the Cowbell performed by the presider. It was like ringing a bell in the middle of Jazz expansion.
My favorite part was the performance by the lady who play Conga drums. When the beats went faster and faster, she hit the drums rhythmically and passionately with her smile. Everyone in the crowd cheered for her and enjoyed the magical sound of Latin Jazz together. And I think I am a fan of Jazz since now.