Fri, Sep 14, 2007 - Page 15 News List

Bizet meets Cuba

By Noah Buchan  /  STAFF REPORTER


The world lost one of the great popularizers of opera Sept. 6 with the death of Luciano Pavarotti. Like the full-bodied tenor, the Klazz Brothers have marketed classical music to a broad audience.

It all started in Havana, Cuba, when a trio of classically trained musicians from Germany was in town with the Dresden Orchestra and happened upon two Cuban percussionists. After a few moment's conversation they realized they shared a curious common musical ground. That meeting spawned a blend of European classical elements mixed with swing and Latin jazz and the diversity of Cuban rhythms.

The Klass Brothers and Cuban Percussion are in town for a one-off concert tonight at the National Concert Hall, where they will team up with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) - led by Roger Epple - to play a number of songs that fuse classical and Latin music. Featured songs include Carmen Cuban, Summertime and Mambozard.

The ensemble will then take its Cuban and classical fusion to Taichung tomorrow for a free concert at the Fulfillment Amphitheatre (圓滿戶外劇場), in Hsinwen Forest Park.

The Klazz Brothers are made up of bassist Kilian Forster, pianist Tobias Forster, and drummer Tim Hahn and Cuban Percussion comprises the talented Alexis Herrera Estevez and Elio Rodriguez Luis.

Performance Notes:

What: Symphonic Salsa: The Klazz Brothers and Cuba Percussion

Where: Tonight at National Concert Hall (國家音樂廳) 21-1 Zhongshan S Rd, Taipei (台北市中山南路21-1號); tomorrow at Fulfillment Amphitheater (圓滿戶外劇場) at Wenhsin Forest Park (文心森林公園) at the intersection of Hsiangshang Rd (向上路) and Wenhsin Rd (文心路), Taichung City (台中市)

When: Tonight's performance begins at 7:30pm and tomorrow's performance at 7pm

Tickets: Tickets for tonight's concert are NT$300 to NT$1,500, available through NTCH ticketing or online at; tomorrow's concert is free

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