Over the past nine years, Alejandro Arenas (bass), Mark Feinman (drums) and John O'Leary (piano), aka La Lucha, have joined playwright Joseph Reed Hayes in various combinations. The favored arrangement is four artists, beginning at a downbeat and ending ... when it ends. Hayes doesn't know what his friends will be playing: La Lucha doesn't know what the writer will be reading. Yet, somehow, the four share a telepathy of improvisation to create magic.
These four Central Florida artists created a one-of-a-kind, one night only theatrical jazz experience for their 10th collaboration, primarily in an improvisational setting.
JAZZ SPOKEN HERE experiments with words written for the plays of The Hayes Project and other work, and improvised and new music from La Lucha.
"TIME" - opening number
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"TAKE away the DAZE and get yourself some HAYES!" ~ David Amram, the creator, with Jack Kerouac, of jazz poetry readings.
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LA LUCHABassist Alejandro Arenas, drummer Mark Feinman and pianist John O’Leary have toured and performed at jazz festivals around the world as La Lucha since 2007. The Tampa-based trio aims to create music which transcends genres and classifications. They have won Creative Loafing's "Best of the Bay' for Jazz Band (2015, 2014, 2013) and Best Jazz Album (2021).MORE INFO
LA LUCHA'S latest record is EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD on Arbors Records.
John O'Leary's new solo record is THE SUNDERING.
JOSEPH REED HAYESJoseph Reed Hayes celebrates 20 years of writing and producing plays with this performance. Continuing The Hayes Project, Joseph pulls material from a stream of works which will shape the final production of If I Had My Way by playing with La Lucha, one of his great artistic joys.MORE INFO
THE CAST OF CHARACTERS
In person and streaming live
January 30, 2022, 7PM
Timucua Arts Foundation, Orlando FL
Alejandro Arenas, bass
Mark Feinman, drums
John C. O'Leary III, piano & keyboards
Joseph Hayes, words