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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2954

Better the Second Time Around, Jazz Returns to Sri Lanka

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 21 November, ( Three jazz musicians from Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rhythm Road program, Reinaldo De Jesus Corchado, Luques Curtis and Zaccai Curtis; are returning to Sri Lanka. The mission of The Rhythm Road: American
Music Abroad is to share American music as a vehicle of communication with other countries.

The artists on The Rhythm Road travel and perform in countries that are not often visited by American musicians to foster cross-cultural exchanges.

In February 2006, Rhythmic Prophecies played in Colombo to full houses, now three of those four artists are back to hold artist in residence programs with Department of Fine Arts, University of Peradeniya and at the University of the Visual and Performing Arts in Colombo as well as live performances to the public on Wednesday, 22 November at Trinity College in Kandy and on Friday and Saturday 24 & 25 November, at Ladies' College in Colombo 7. Free passes are available at the American Corner in Kandy and the American Center in Colombo.

Percussionist Reinaldo De Jesus Corchado was born in Barrio Obrero, Santurce, Puerto Rico. He studied at Escuela Libre de Musica, the University of Puerto Rico, and the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. He has performed with salsa singers Charlie Cruz, Obie Bermudes, Rey Ruiz, and more. Mr. De Jesus Corchado also worked with Latin Jazz musicians such as Humberto Ramirez and Julio Alvarado, among others, and he has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Luques Curtis was born in Hartford, Connecticut and currently attends Berklee College of Music in Boston on a full scholarship. He was introduced to jazz as a member of the Artists Collective Youth Orchestra. As a sophomore at Berklee, Luques, who plays the bass, was invited by Donald Harrison to be a member of his quintet and has toured with Mr. Harrison at jazz festivals in Spain, Switzerland, and New Orleans.

Zaccai Curtis has been performing since the age of five. As a young child, he studied many styles of music including jazz, salsa and classical. As a high school student, Zaccai earned many festival musical awards and was recognized by Down Beat as a top piano
performer. He was also chosen as the pianist for the National Grammy Band Combo. He is currently pursuing his master's degree at the New England Conservatory. In 2003, Mr. Zaccai was chosen as a winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer's Competition.

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