Published on December 3rd, 2012 | by Katie Esposito0
Latin Jazz Combo Offered as Musical Ensemble
Katie Esposito, News Editor
Pictured above by Leandro Lopez Varady: Argentinean pianist Leandro Lopez Varady now instructs the music ensemble, Latin Jazz Combo.
Latin Jazz Combo, a music ensemble taught by Argentinean pianist Leandro Lopez Varady, is now open to all Lewis University students regardless of their major.
Students in the class will meet once a week to play and practice Latin jazz to perform in a concert at the end of the semester. No audition is required, and students can register online.
Students can be sure to learn and enhance their skills as Varady has a vast musical background.
Varady was born into a family of musicians, and graduated from the Catholic University of Argentina in Buenos Aires with a degree of Licentiate in Music and a major in Composition.
“I studied classical piano for 15 years, and at the same time, I started to perform as a pianist, playing mainly jazz and Latin music,” Varady said. “I taught several music courses at the Catholic University in Argentina before I started to travel abroad.”
Varady also has experience in musical touring. In 1996, a great bassist and singer from Chicago, Eldee Young, invited Varady to join his group in a tour to cities in Singapore, South Korea and China. Varady traveled with this group for four years before settling in Chicago and becoming part of the music scene.
“I have been always interested in classical and popular music and the ways in which both complement one another,” Varady said. “My knowledge in classical, jazz and Latin music is something I bring to my teaching. I would like to give my students the knowledge of rhythmic structure found in different musical styles.”