Cafêzz Live at the SIU Jazz Room
Performing at SIU - Altgeld HallRoom 117
Tuesday, May 21st at 7:30 pm
Cafêzz was formed in San Juan, Puerto Rico during the summer of 2014 by pianist Carmen Noemí and bassist Edgardo "Egui" Sierra, after completion and release of their Music & Friends CD, the group adopted several formats, from Trio to Sextet. On this occasion, Isaac Lausell and Michael Wallace will join the quartet as guest musicians on guitar and drums, respectively.
Carmen Noemi- Piano
Egui Sierra- Bass
Isaac Lausell- Guitar
Michael Wallace- Drums
“Cafêzz” is, in fact, the combination of the words café (coffee in Spanish) and jazz, and it captures their notion that a customary coffee moment could also be an occasion to share music with friends.
Last year, Cafezz started their "De Paseo Tour", and have performed in Los Angeles, Denver (Dazzle Jazz Club), Minneapolis, Miami, Tampa, Orlando (Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts) and Mount Dora (Modernism Museum) in the United States; Llodio in Basque Country; Barcelona, Granada and Madrid in Spain; Medellín in Colombia and Montreal, Canada. In addition, Cafêzz has played at the Puerto Rico Jazz Jam Fest, Carolina International Jazz Fest, Heineken’s Ventana al Jazz, and Inter Metro Jazz Festival, among others.
Their original music presents an ample melodic content combined with tasty rhythms, giving the listener rich aural textures to enjoy with ease. The band’s diverse repertoire is available on two awarded album releases: “Music & Friends”(2014) and “Sol Boricua”(2016). Even though it includes elements from jazz, its performance is not focused on individual instrument virtuosity, but relies on the ensemble’s communication and interaction. Cafêzz has performed alongside top musicians like David Sánchez, Humberto Ramírez, Luis Perico Ortíz and Oskar Cartaya, among others.