Valley Jazz Network Hosts Latin Jazz ‘Informance’ in Holyoke

The Valley Jazz Network, an outreach arm of the Fine Arts Center, is presenting a Latin jazz Informance with faculty member and saxophonist Felipe Salles and the Gonzalez Brothers Quintet on Wednesday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke.

“Informance” is a term the network uses to describe the nature of an information-sharing performance.

Salles will start the event with history, discussion and a demonstration. “The Latin influence on American music precedes what we know as Latin jazz. We will be examining the original rhythms, the players, and how their style contributed to the birth of Latin jazz, as well as demonstrating it through some of the important repertoire,” says Salles.

Then the Gonzalez Brothers Quintet featuring David Allan Rivera (drums), David Yih (piano) Ahmed Gonzalez (flute), Victor Sterling-Duprey (congas) and Rene Gonzalez (bass) will take the stage to perform.

“And once the music set starts,” says UMass Amherst alumnus Rene Gonzalez, “we’re gonna play and I really hope people will dance.”

There is a $15 suggested donation at the door.

One of Valley Jazz Network’s goals is to collaborate with a variety of venues and present work in community settings. Gateway City Arts offers a cabaret-style setup, with a cash bar (beer/wine) and hors d’oeuvres and salad plates for an additional charge.

For information, contact Yvonne Mendez at 545-4161.