We’re talking with Owen Daniels who has just returned from KCSM’s 2nd tour in Cuba, and who caught the show at Havana’s leading jazz club, The Fox & Raven. The show that night was pianist Roberto Fonseco (see the photo, right) & his jazz band. Click here for a sample of Roberto’s work.
Owen is an SF native and a veteran keyboard & bass musician. Owen spent 9 years with his most recent band, with multiple monthly appearances.
[Interview edited for clarity & length.]
KCSM: “Owen, when it comes to playing music, what’s in it for you ?”
Owen: “I came into music at a primary-school age, behind my father & brother musicians. Music has been more than just a diversion from daily life. It is material I can perform. It is a place where I can look into all the parts and see what they are doing, separately and together. I can watch how they can be varied and still be a credible performance.”
KCSM: “What did the show at The Fox and Raven have for you ?”
Owen: “I got to see excellent musicians in Roberto Fonseca’s Temperamento group, with their individual playing, and sensitivity to each other. They did good performance work with the melody on their hands. Their work had a high degree of musicality (which I could more easily show you than explain) and very musical solos.”
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