Noted jazz vocalist Marianne Solivan and her quartet to perform from the Great American Songbook for Daniel Pearl World Music Days
Annual free concert to be live-streamed on October 22
This year’s free community concert in celebration of Daniel Pearl World Music Days will be going virtual. Noted jazz vocalist Marianne Solivan, who has received rave reviews from area, national and international audiences, will be joined by a top quartet and will perform on Thursday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the annual global Daniel Pearl World Music Days celebration.
Marianne and the band will perform on stage together, and the event will be live-streamed on YouTube.
The local concert will once again be sponsored – for the 16th straight year –by the Daniel Pearl Education Center (DPEC), a non-profit, charitable organization committed to the ideals of understanding and community. The DPEC sponsors a number of area programs and activities, including an annual trip to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum for Temple B’nai Shalom’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah class,the eighth grade class at East Brunswick’s St. Bartholomew’s parochial school,and other youth groups; Daniel Pearl scholarships to graduating seniors at East Brunswick High School; teacher training workshops; a speaker series; and much more. “This annual concert has been a great tradition in East Brunswick, and perhaps this year more than ever before, the ‘harmony for humanity’ theme really resonates during this challenging time,” said Dr. Andy Boyarsky, chairman of the DPEC. “It is so important that we continue to come together as a community, and an evening of great music, with a tremendous singer and musicians, seems like the perfect opportunity.”
Solivan has made a name for herself as a hard-swinging,passionate vocalist who has a commanding stage presence. She has also created a band that incorporates many of her performing elements, including high energy,swing and a unique repertoire. The result has been a highly energized and swinging band that will take concert attendees through a wide range of musical elements, including big band, salsa and modern jazz.
Joining Solivan for the DPEC concert will be: Rodrigo Recabarren – drums. Originally from Santiago de Chile, Recabarren is widely recognized as one of the leaders of a prolific generation of Chilean jazz performers. · Alex Terrier – saxophonist. Terrier is a French musician based in New York who has been associated with leading big bands. · Steve Wood – bass. Wood is an active member of the New York jazz scene and has performed at private events for Senator Chuck Schumer, Liv Tyler, Brooke Shields and Sir Paul McCartney.· Michael Valeanu – guitar. Valeanu has performed on a number of albums and is currently collaborating, touring and recording with Brazilian artist and Latin Grammy Award nominee Seu Jorge.
"We are delighted that Marianne and her bandmates have agreed to participate in our concert this year," Boyarsky explained. "Despite the logistical challenges of hosting a concert and creating a live stream, we expect a fantastic evening. Marianne’s music is so upbeat, and her enthusiasm is contagious.” Daniel Pearl World Music Days was created in response to the kidnapping and murder in early2002 of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl at the hands of extremists in Karachi, Pakistan. Pearl was a talented musician who joined musical groups in every community in which he lived, leaving behind a long trail of musician-friends spanning the entire globe. Commemorating his October10th birthday, World Music Days uses the universal language of music to encourage fellowship across cultures and build a platform of “harmony for humanity.”
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Sponsor: Daniel Pearl Education Center