Elgar Djangirov Trio

Eldar Djangirov, piano
Jose Armando Gola,
Ludwig Afonso,

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 8 pm

The program will be
announced from the stage.

There will be an intermission.


Sunday, July 19, 4 pm

Cassatt Quartet
Music of eminent local composers
Joan Tower and Peter Schickele,
and Schubert's
"Death and the Maiden" Quartet

next week

Saturday, July 25, 8 pm

Steve Gorn
, bansuri flute
Samarth Nagarkar, vocal,
Ray Spiegel, tabla,
and Rohan Prabhudesai, harmonium
Indian Ragas

Sunday, July 26, 4 pm
Latitude 41 piano trio

Music of Beethoven, Mendelssohn,
and Daron Hagen


The New York Times
described Grammy-nominated pianist Eldar Djangirov as “a blend of musical intelligence, organizational savvy, enthusiasm and prowess that was all the more impressive for seeming so casual... an ebullient impressionist.” Jazz Times said, “Maybe he made a pact with Lucifer to be the greatest pianist ever.” Dave Brubeck praised Eldar as “a genius beyond most young people I’ve heard,” and Downbeat magazine stated that “his command of his instrument is beyond staggering.” When Eldar Djangirov (pronounced john-gear-ov) was signed to Sony Masterworks at the age of seventeen, the young pianist from Kansas City was already well known for his stunning pyrotechnics and precocious knowledge of the bebop tradition. Along the way, he has had the good fortune to meet and work with masters, including Dr. Billy Taylor, Michael Brecker, Marian McPartland, Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Chris Potter, Nicholas Payton, Harvey Mason, Chris Botti, Joe Locke, Ron Carter, Pat Martino, Roy Hargrove, and many others. Born in Kyrgyzstan in 1987, Eldar came to the US from the former Soviet Union when he was ten. His first performances were in his hometown of Kansas City, as well as at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. He quickly moved up the ranks and was featured on the NPR show Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz at the age of twelve. He released two albums independently. Eldar signed with Sony and recorded his major label debut (self-titled) featuring the great bassist John Patitucci and Michael Brecker on tenor sax. He followed up with the critically acclaimed Live at the Blue Note with guest appearances by Roy Hargrove and Chris Botti in 2006. Eldar was nominated for a Grammy in 2008 for his album Re-imagination.

Eldar has appeared at numerous major jazz festivals including Tokyo, Lionel Hampton, Java, Vienna, Monterey, North Sea, and San Francisco, and has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He has performed at venues ranging from the Hollywood Bowl to Carnegie Hall, and has played at the most notable jazz venues across the world. Eldar’s national TV appearances have included the 2000 and 2008 Grammy Awards, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the CBS Saturday Early Show, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. In addition, he has also played with world-renowned symphony orchestras such as the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, and the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. He has four critically acclaimed albums including two with his trio and, most recently, Virtue, with guests Joshua Redman and Nicholas Payton. “With the release of Virtue, Eldar may have sealed his role in future jazz history” (Bill Meredith, Jazziz). Eldar received rave reviews for his first solo album, Three Stories. Eldar has also released Bach/Brahms/Prokofiev, a classical solo piano album that showcases his unique interpretations of renowned pieces like Bach’s Partita in C minor, Brahms’ Eight Piano Pieces, Op. 76, and Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 7, Op. 83.


Havana native Jose Armando Gola has played bass since the age of thirteen. He attended the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory in Cuba. He plays both upright and electric bass in various settings and has toured internationally, having played at most of the important jazz festivals of the world. Only in his mid-twenties, he has worked with Gonzalo Rubalcaba for the past seven years. Gola has appeared on two Grammy-Award Winning albums: Rumba Palace (with Arturo Sandoval), and El Tren De Los Momentos (Alejandro Sanz). Gola has also appeared on three Grammy-nominated albums: Paseo (with Gonzalo Rubalcaba), Codes (with Ignacio Berroa), and Te Acuerdas (with Francisco Cespedes). Other artists he has recorded with include Jennifer Lopez, Thalia, Francisco Cespedes, Luis Enrique, and many others. His first album as leader is entitled Gola Live Things, which features great musicians including Tony Perez, Felipe Lamoglia, Mike Rodriguez, Rafael Solano, Ludwig Afonso, Philbert Armenteros, and William Paredes. Jose Armando Gola has appeared on two albums and done extensive touring as a member of the Eldar Djangirov Trio, while also currently touring as bassist for the supergroup Volcan.

Ludwig Afonso, drums, was born in 1978 in Havana, Cuba, and came to Miami in 1980. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in studio music and jazz performance from the University of Miami, where he played in the school’s top ensembles, performing with Maria Schneider, Tony Mendoza, and Bob Berg. While in Miami, Ludwig also performed with such artists as jazz legend Ira Sullivan, Latin Grammy-winner Nestor Torres, Sammy Figueroa, and Othello Mollineux. Shortly after moving to New York City in 2003, Ludwig began performing and touring with Spyro Gyra. He appeared on their Grammy-nominated CD Wrapped in a Dream, as well as the Grammy-nominated recordings The Magician by Sammy Figueroa and Hector Martignon’s Second Chance. Ludwig has also performed with Giovanni Hidalgo, Joshua Redman, John Benitez, Dave Valentin, Pedrito Martinez, the Rodriguez Brothers, Manuel Valera, Mark Murphy, and Juan Carlos Formel, and has recorded with Deana Martin. Ludwig has conducted clinics and workshops at the University of Miami and the Escuela de Musica y Audio Fernando Sor in Bogota, Colombia. In addition to his work with the Eldar Djangirov Trio, Ludwig is currently working with various artists in the New York area including Martin Bejerano, Yosvanny Terry, and Samuel Torres.