Héctor Infanzón celebrates Latin Grammy nomination

The pianist Héctor Infanzón (Mexico City, 1959): an obligatory reference of contemporary Mexican jazz with conclusive albums (Our turn, Live in Hong Kong, In a personal way, Citadino …) and likewise, forays into chamber music (The passing of the night, Outbursts), has been nominated in two categories (Best Classical Music Album, Best Classical Composition) for the Latin Grammy 2021.

Phonogram nominations Three concerting stories that the pianist recorded with the Bulgarian Radio Symphony Orchestra made up of Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. Memories; Concert for Vibraphone and Orchestra. Playing with Dad; and Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. Celebration.

“I am very satisfied with these nominations – sorry for the commonplace -; But, this is more than a recognition of the concert music that is being done in our country. It is not a jazz album, many people were surprised, here I display my facet as a classical music composer, I do not want to pigeonhole myself into a single modality: there are communicating vessels between all musical styles. The popular is not divorced from the cultured: there are no dividing lines, “he said in an interview with The reason the author of the popular song “Zócalo”.

Music has the great capacity of evocation / invocation in the flowering of memories, moods, joys, sorrows, joys; when I compose, something hidden leads me to reconfigure childhood and family stories as happens in this case

Hector Infanzón
Pianist

Continuation of the proposals displayed on the discs The coming of the night and Outbursts? Yes, this is how you can see: in The coming of the night from 2012 there are compositions for string quartet, suites, pieces for two pianos, wood quartet, quartet for saxophones, pieces for marimbas and for harpsichord and piano, all from concertina configurations; on Rapture From 2016 improvisations are displayed on the harpsichord, an instrument very present in the Baroque.

Three stories told from music? This one has the great capacity of evocation / invocation in the flowering of memories, moods, joys, sadness, joys; When I compose, something hidden leads me to reconfigure childhood and family stories as happens in this case.

What episodes subscribe to this album? At Violin Concerto. RemembrancesMy walks through the Historic Center are present at the hands of my father. When we arrived at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, my father remembered that my grandfather worked on the construction of that building. The Vibraphone Concerto It is dedicated to my father, he played that instrument, I summon the sonority of childhood, I evoke my father playing popular songs.

And the piano concerto, Celebration? There I stop and emphasize the value and importance of family, a recurring theme in my music. Three movements that describe the delights of family gatherings: preparations, outfits, the arrival of friends and the joy of being together with family.

Who are the solo instrumentalists? Violinist William Harvey; vibraphonist Ricardo Gallardo, director of the Tambuco percussion quartet; and me in Celebration as concertmaster.

Do you attend the Latin Grammy ceremony? I’m invited to Las Vegas for the delivery gala. That night of November 18, we will know if you are Three concerting stories they are recognized in the two candidacies or in one of them. Let’s hope.

Three concerting stories / Héctor Infanzón

Artist: Symphony Orchestra of Bulgarian Radio
Genre: Concert
Label: Independent Production, 2021

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Héctor Infanzón celebrates Latin Grammy nomination

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