Street Smart and Brainy Too

Cuban avant-gardist Alfredo Triff mixes it up with Brazil's Livio Tragtenberg

Upon arriving in the United States and initially settling in Pennsylvania, Triff consciously jettisoned all obligations to play anything other than music of his own choosing. He fled toward academics, studying humanities, philosophy, and mathematics on the graduate level, and in 1996 gaining a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Miami. Before relocating to South Florida, he lived in New York, variously hanging with the Latin-music crowd, Downtown types, and purveyors of charanga music and rock. He has performed with Jack Bruce, Don Pullen, Cachao, Eddie Palmieri, and others.

Alfredo Triff and his electric violin will make a mesh with the Brazilian sounds of Livio Tragtenberg
Steve Satterwhite
Alfredo Triff and his electric violin will make a mesh with the Brazilian sounds of Livio Tragtenberg

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8:00 p.m. Friday, November 9, and Saturday, November 10. Tickets cost $15 ($10 for students, seniors, and members). For more information call 305-545-8546.
The Miami Beach Community Church, 1620 Drexel Ave, Miami Beach

Triff's alliance with Tragtenberg offers yet another opportunity for the violinist to indulge his ardor for improvisation and collaboration. "Livio is not your typical popular musician who was born in the streets," Triff says. "This is a musician who is highly educated in the traditions of twentieth-century music, and he is a composer. Yet he's in touch. That's what I like about him. With me you have someone who definitely is in touch with what's going on, and yet I am not a popular musician either, by training. And yet I feel very much connected [to pop music and culture]. It's a juxtaposition of some improvisatory traditions within twentieth-century music, jazz, and our respective popular traditions."

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