Brazil­ian Wows Mu­sicbox!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Cat Foster

Man! Can Wag­ner Trindade play gui­tar! Wow! Can the Saint Lu­cia School of Mu­sic (SLSM) put on a top notch pro­fes­sional con­cert!

The lat­est pre­sen­ta­tion at Mu­sicbox con­cert venue on Fri­day 27th Fe­bru­ary at the Golden Palm Event Cen­tre in Rod­ney Heights was to an­other packed house of mu­sic lovers who turned up for an evening of Brazil­ian mu­sic. Af­ter an in­tro­duc­tory gui­tar piece by Ken­rick Al­bert, a young stu­dent at the SLSM, the pro­fes­sion­als did their thing and kept us cap­ti­vated with an ar­ray of tra­di­tional Brazil­ian styles of­ten in­fused with a vi­brant dose of jazz. Thank good­ness that the SLSM is work­ing hard to pro­mote jazz in Saint Lu­cia. Not only did we hear the tunes and feel the beat but we were ex­posed to the very essence of Brazil­ian mu­sic: the in­fec­tious spirit that pos­sesses the soul and makes you wish you had been born in Rio de Janeiro.

Wag­ner Trindade, a Brazil­ian na­tive and a teacher of gui­tar at the SLSM, hosted the en­tire evening sup­ported by other mu­si­cians/teach­ers from the school. Wag­ner plays his gui­tars like Casanova made love to women: with pas­sion, with en­ergy, with ev­ery fi­bre in his body. Of the twelve pieces per­formed, nine were com­posed by Wag­ner who is an award-win­ning com­poser, ar­ranger and record­ing artist.

Ably ac­com­pa­ny­ing Wag­ner were Richard Payne, Direc­tor of the SLSM on pi­ano, Fer­nando Lopez putting his Cuban all into the drums, Lorena Guillen with the voice of a South Amer­i­can nightin­gale, Ale­jan­dro Rutty com­pe­tently de­liv­er­ing on bass gui­tar, pi­ano and per­cus­sion, An­der­son Charles en­tranc­ing us on flute and sax­o­phone plus the young sup­port­ing star of the night - Keitje Greaves who belted out on trom­bone.

Keitje is a stu­dent and part-time teacher/as­sis­tant at the school. As stated by Richard Payne, Keitje’s phe­nom­e­nal tal­ent needs to be nur­tured with a schol­ar­ship. Can any­one out there as­sist this young St. Lu­cian by en­abling him to suc­ceed and add to the rosta of suc­cess­ful sons of our soil?

Wag­ner Trindade and the SLSM de­served the stand­ing ova­tion for mak­ing the night one to re­mem­ber. Thanks are also due to Michael Chas­tanet who, through Coco Palm, kindly do­nated the premises for the school’s use and to Fred De­vaux, a friend and sup­porter of the school; both gen­tle­men were in the au­di­ence and clearly had a great time. Grat­i­tude was also ex­pressed to Ba­nana Stage for the light­ing and sound, to Sagi­cor who pro­vided gen­er­ous as­sis­tance for pur­chase of the Bech­stein grand pi­ano and to Gene Lawrence for step­ping in at the last minute to MC.

The next con­certs by the SLSM at Mu­sicbox will be the Gor­don Lee Jazz Ex­pe­ri­ence on Thurs­day 26th March and a Mozart Ex­pe­ri­ence by Natalie Chakha­lashvili on Sun­day 29th March. For in­for­ma­tion and tick­ets, please con­tact the SLSM on 452 2473, 285 2936 or slsm­con­cert­series@gmail.com.

Wag­ner Trindade per­form­ing at the Golden Palm

Event Cen­tre in Rod­ney Heights.

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