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Sligo Jazz Festival

Elio Villafranca’s Sligo Afro-Latin & Jazz Orchestra

Thurs 25 July 2024,
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Date Thurs 25 July 2024, 8pm
Location Hawk's Well Theatre
Price €25/20conc./12.50u18s
A photograph of Elio Villafranca. It's in profile and he's throwing his head back making his hair fly

Sligo Jazz Project’s 2024 Artist in Residence leads an all-star nine-piece group with an emphasis on afro cuban and swing styles.

Born in the province of Pinar del Río, Cuba, Steinway Artist and cultural activist, author, pianist, and composer Elio Villafranca is a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient; a two-time Grammy nominee; 2019 Downbeat Critic’s Poll Rising Stars Pianist; winner of the 2018 Downbeat Critic’s Poll Rising Stars Keyboard; first Cuban born recipient of the Sunshine Award (2017), founded to recognize excellence in the performing arts, education, science, and sports of the various Caribbean countries, South America, Centro America, and Africa; and a recipient of the first Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) Millennium Swing Award in 2014.


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