Brazilian Wows Musicbox!
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 email@example.com.
Wagner Trindade performing at the Golden Palm
Event Centre in Rodney Heights.