Paquito D'Rivera to Present at Global Speaker Series on February 8
Clarinetist, Saxophonist, composer Paquito D’Rivera defies categorization. A child prodigy, he studied at the Havana Conservatory of Music. He has performed with major symphony orchestras throughout the world and has received numerous commissions. Mr. D'Rivera is the third Global Speaker of the Series and will give a presentation on February 8, 2017.
His honors include a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition, 2007-2008 Composer-in-Residence at Caramoor. 14 Grammys in classical and jazz categories.
A recipient of an NEA Jazz Masters award 2005 and the National Medal for the Arts 2005, Kennedy Center Living Jazz Legend 2007, Guggenheim Fellowship 2007, Frankfurt Musikpreis 2008, Nelson Rockefeller Honoree 2010. He also writes social commentary and has written four books.
From the Blistering Virtuosity of Paquito D’Rivera, by Yochanan Sebastian Winston August 21, 2016:
”A further aspect of his artistry that I have never encountered at such an extraordinarily elevated level was the clarinetist’s absolutely blazing, blistering, assured and perfect technique. His digital chops are simply on another, supernal level from anyone else’s."
“The program was ingeniously curated to show off D’Rivera’s breathtaking skills.”
(Photo by R. Andrew Lepley)