Daniel Rojas, Chilean born pianist and composer will release a new album, BLISS OF HEAVEN: Music of the New World
featuring himself with the Baldini Quartet from Brazil and Stephen Cuttriss, bandonéon. Exclusive signed copies of the new album will be available on the night.
Irresistible rhythms and a melting pot of melodies, Rojas reimagines some of Latin America’s best-loved tunes and tangos in his new album for Da Vinci Classics. A heavenly alchemy of mambo, salsa and Andean folk music fused with classical sensibilities – supported by the high-energy Ensemble Apex String Quartet featuring violinist Anna da Silva Chen – it’s music you know but as you’ve never heard it before.
With Piazzolla’s dramatic Libertango, Chucho Valdés’ danceable Mambo Influenciado and the surprising Peruvian title track traced back to the 1600s, Rojas’ long-awaited album of sensitive arrangements and soulful original works is guaranteed to lift your spirits, and leave you wanting more.
Dr Daniel Rojas is an award-winning composer specialising in the rich and vibrant Latin American aesthetic, and Australia’s best Latin and tango pianist, earning acclaim for stunning improvisations at the keyboard. Program director of Composition at Sydney University’s Conservatorium of Music, Rojas’ prizes include the Fellowship of Australian Composers Award, Frank Albert Prize, and Miriam Hyde Memorial Award; a warm and exuberant performer, he has played for Sydney Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre, Newcastle Music Festival, City Recital Hall and others.
While this album was recorded in São Paulo, Brazil (pre-COVID) with the Baldini Quartet and bandoneonist Stephen Cuttriss, tonight, as for Sydney Festival, Rojas performs with a string quartet from Ensemble Apex – Sydney’s creative and charismatic collection of Conservatorium-trained young musicians led by Artistic Director/conductor, Sam Weller.
The album is available to purchase online at : Australia https://danielrojas.com.au/cd-releases/
Europe, Asia and North America https://davinci-edition.com/product/c00379/
Stream on Spotify