The WDNA Jazz Gallery will be emblazed with one of its most vibrant exhibitions to date, as Congolese-born visual artist, Bayunga Kialeuka shows a collection of images that vividly depicts slices of the African-American experience. The exhibition will be complemented with a fantastic concert featuring the extraordinary compositions of Venezuelan-born jazz saxophonist, Pablo Gil. This special events happens 8:00pm, Friday, July 22, 2011, at the WDNA Jazz Gallery.
It’s the WDNA Fine Arts Concert – a bimonthly presentation that brings art and jazz lovers together under one roof in the WDNA Jazz Gallery. The series routinely showcases renowned artists who are rarely seen in the Greater Miami area. Such is the case with jazz saxophonist, Pablo Gil, whose background ranges from traditional Venezuelan music to a conservatory education in France. Add some experience from the New York City Latin jazz scene and the end product is a potpourri of beautifully arranged compositions.
Gil has produced 6 albums, including the critically acclaimed, “Empatia,” which includes Gerry Weil on piano, and Nene Quintero on percussion. He’s also contributed on dozens of albums and performed alongside many jazz notables including Mike Stern, and Dave Samuels, among others. For this concert, Gil will be accompanied by Martin Bejerano on Piano, Alex Berti on bass, and Roberto Quintero on percussion.
Before Night Falls
Buyunga Kialeuka’s generally maintains a serious disposition. His influences are varied, going back to his early childhood in the Democratic Republic of Congo where the universal challenges people in general made an impression. He’s lived in Miami since he was 6-years-old, and although his paintings are reflective of experiences in the United States, elements of his African roots are also embedded in his paintings.
Kialueka loves to produce large pieces, some five feet wide by eight feet long. He chose to title is show “Before Night Falls,” because it reflects the positive images of day-to-day working class folks, as opposed to negative things that often occur after night falls. Kialeuka’s exhibition runs July 22nd through August 27th.