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Yilian Cañizares Participates at Jazz Tales Festival – Egypt (postponed)


March 31, 2020


From 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Bibliotheca Alexandrina Conference Center, Great Hall.

April 1, 2020

Alexandria Concert

From 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

April 2, 2020

Cairo Concert

At 8:00 pm

We are excited to have Yilian Cañizares in Egypt for the first time! Yilian will come to Egypt specially to take part of Jazz Tales Festival in Alexandria and Cairo.

Yilian will be performing once in each city, and presenting a workshop with El Nafekha Egyptian band in Alexandria.

All concerts are free, and the workshop is only open to musicians, with prior registration.

Yilian Cañizares is one of the most intriguing contemporary violinists, singers and composers. Always staying true to her origins, she skilfully blends jazz, classical and Afro-Cuban rhythms with her otherworldly voice. Whether on stage or in a recording studio, there are few talented artists like Yilian – who was born in Havana and settled in Switzerland – with such great respect for the past and sensitivity towards the future, accompanied by a smile to die for.

In 2000, she moved to Switzerland to study at a conservatory. After a few years, major orchestras began to request her and, after moving to Lausanne, she collaborated with several ensembles for six years. During this period, the artist created a quartet of musicians from Germany, Venezuela and Switzerland (and later Cuba) and named it “Ochumare”. Six months later, in 2008, she won the Montreux Jazz Festival Competition with this group. Since then, her career has crescendoed. In recent years, she has shared a stage with Ibrahim Maalouf, Omar Sosa, Youn Sun Nah, Richard Bona, Chucho Valdés, Roberto Fonseca, Dhafer Youssef and El Comité.

Two acclaimed albums, the self-produced “Ochumare” released in 2013 and its 2015 follow-up “Invocación”, under the guidance of Alê Siqueira (Roberto Fonseca, Omara Portuondo), have strengthened her reputation as an innovative artist who is capable of transcending musical boundaries.