Luis Perdomo Trio Performing Nomads

by chipboaz on February 7, 2017

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With every new generation, musicians have a responsibility to show us traditional ideas from a different, refreshed perspective. They need to first root themselves in tradition, learning both the specifics of their craft and the history of their genre. Once they have a solid footing upon their lineage, though, it’s time to show the world how they perceived the music. Modern Latin Jazz musicians have certainly been making this shift through a number of tools. Increasingly open and dissonant harmonies, odd time signatures, folkloric source material, and more have given modern musicians a wealth of ways to shape their music. The result can be interesting, inspiring, or even downright challenging – but it’s always something fresh and new that makes us rethink the music. When we reach that change in understanding – the ability to see the music from a fresh vantage point – we know that a modern musician has pushed us in the right direction.

Pianist Luis Perdomo has spent them better part of two and a half decades reframing jazz and Latin music through an intriguing new lens. Growing up in Carcasas, Venezuela, Perdomo played in venues throughout the city, as well as on television and radio, honing his piano chops. Being a young, ambitious person with a wealth of practical performing experience behind him, Perdomo turned his sites to New York, where he received a full scholarship to The Manhattan School Of Music. While there, Perdomo studied classical music intently, learning under the tutelage of Harold Danko and Martha Pestalozzi. After graduation, he pursued his Master’s Degree from Queens College, where he studied with Sir Roland Hanna. Throughout this time, Perdomo became an in-demand pianist, finding work with Dave Douglas, Brian Lynch, David Sanchez, Conrad Herwig, and many more. As Perdomo’s reputation grew, he found two important gigs that were important musical connections in the Ravi Coltrane Quartet and as a founding member of the Miguel Zenon Quartet. Perdomo built a career as a leader at the same time, releasing a number of highly acclaimed albums, including Awareness, Pathways, and The ‘Infancia’ Project. Whether working as a sideman or leader, Perdomo’s music has consistently stayed on the cutting edge of Latin Jazz, a fact evidenced in this performance of his composition “Nomads” from his trio.

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