Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Special Guest Paquito D’Rivera Perform World Premiere of Elio Villafranca and Edmar Castañedas’ “Tres Aguas & Colors of Colombia”

New York, NY (March 16, 2023) – Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) presents the world premiere of Tres Aguas & Colors of Colombia—new works commissioned by JALC created by global jazz composers Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca (Tres Aguas) and Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda (Colors of Colombia), and brought to life by The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guest Paquito d’Rivera in Rose Theater on April 14-15 at 8pmET.

Under Wynton Marsalis’ music direction, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with special guest Paquito D’Rivera (clarinet) are joined by Tres Aguas & Colors of Colombia composers Elio Villafranca (piano) and Edmar Castañeda (harp), as well as Guillermo Guillén (guitar), Dreiser Durrutthy Bombalé (percussion) Mauricio Herrera Tamayo (percussion), Ismel L. Wignall, (percussion) and Ismael Fernandéz (vocals), with dance performances by Sonia Olla, Melissa Almaguer, Beatrice Capote and Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón.

Edmar Castañeda is a transformative virtuoso of the Llanera harp, a traditional instrument from the Eastern Plains of Colombia and a fixture on the international jazz arena for more than a decade; he’ll mix the diverse rhythms of his homeland with the various dialects of swing, reminding us that Colombia and New York are in the same hemisphere. Elio Villafranca’s features dancers from Cuba, Peru and the U.S. moving to music influenced by the rich Afro-Diasporic musical streams from Venezuela, Cuba and New Orleans jazz. The common thread is long-time Jazz at Lincoln Center extended family member Paquito d’Rivera—himself a distinguished composer and authoritative interpreter of a wide range of Pan-American idioms on clarinet and alto saxophone—whose , which debuted at JALC in 2000, helped launch Jazz at Lincoln Center’s long-standing relationship to Pan-American music.

Tres Aguas & Colors of Colombia will take place in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, located at Broadway at 60th Street in New York, New York. There will be a free pre-concert lecture at 7pm for each performance. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit

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