Elio Villafranca

Elio Villafranca was classically trained in percussion and composition at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba before his arrival in the U.S. in late 1995. Resident professor at Temple University, he is at the forefront of the latest generation of remarkable Cuban pianists, composers and bandleaders making major creative contributions to the international development of modern jazz. He has released three albums as a bandleader, most recently The Source in Between (2007.)



"Vidas Perfectas: El Parque"

We would like to contribute to the dialogue about The Sound of the City performatively, with a live, lunchtime, low-tech concert performance of “El Parque,” a half-hour episode from Vidas Perfectas, the Spanish-language version of Robert Ashley’s landmark work Perfect Lives (1977-1983). This all-new version features Ned Sublette, Elio Villafranca, Peter Gordon, Elisa Santiago, and Abraham Gómez Delgado, in the roles originally performed by Robert Ashley, “Blue” Gene Tyranny, Peter Gordon, Jill Kroesen and David van Tieghem, respectively.

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, March 24

12:45pm EDT

Sunday, March 25

7:30pm EDT