ECA gets Tulalip grant for artist residency

Jan 18, 2018

Edmonds Center for the Arts has received grant support from Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund to support a musical collaboration between Harlem Quartet and Cuban pianist/composer Aldo López-Gavilán in March 2018.

The artists will be presented as a public performance at ECA on March 8, preceded by a documentary short film and artist Q&A. They will also lead a free outreach program in the Edmonds School District March 7.

Tulalip Tribes’ mission is to create a healthy and culturally vibrant community.

“We are incredibly grateful for Tulalip Tribes’ support of this unique, cross-cultural opportunity,” said Gillian Jones, ECA’s director of programming. “It’s our hope that the artists’ performance and outreach program will spark a dialogue for our broader community around the changing geopolitical relationship between Cuba and the United States.”

Thanks to the recent thaw in U.S./Cuba relations, the tour sees Aldo López-Gavilán reunited with his older brother Ilmar, who left Cuba at age 14 and went on to co-found Harlem Quartet.

The artists will showcase their chemistry in a broad variety of repertoire, including American jazz standards, bossa nova classics, and several original compositions from López-Gavilán.

A pre-show screening of “Los Hermanos” adds context to the story of Ilmar and Aldo. After 30 years, the changing relationship between their countries now offers the brothers the opportunity of a U.S. concert tour together.

Tickets are $19-$49. Information: 425-275-9595, at

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