'Jazz en Dominicana': 11 conversations with musicians about the Dominican Republic's current jazz scene
The book is published in Spanish and English is also integrated with QR Codes, meaning readers can scan and listen to the music of each interviewed artist.
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Prominent Dominican journalist and music producer Fernando Rodríguez de Mondesert just published the third book of his series Jazz en Dominicana: The Interviews (2019, 2020 and now 2021), containing 11 conversations with musicians in the year 2021.
The questions were articulated with a simple and organic scheme, and lead to concrete answers, bringing out the diversity of criteria and giving particularity to each dialogue. These, once again, open a window that allows a look into the current jazz scene of the Dominican Republic. The book is published in Spanish and English, and integrated with QR Codes, which readers can scan to listen to the music of each interviewed musician.
The new book, published by Ukyoto Publishing Co., gathers interviews with musicians such as Pengbian Sang, Fellé Vega, Oscar Micheli, Pirou Pérez, Cyrille Aimée, and Edgar Molina, among others.
Passionate about Jazz and fervent promoter of the genre in his country, Rodriguez de Mondesert is the author of the blog Jazz en Dominicana, awarded as one of the winners of the Global Blog Awards by the Ukyoto Publishing Co in 2019. As part of the awards, Rodriguez de Mondesert published the book Jazz en Dominicana: The Interviews 2019 , followed by Women in jazz... in Dominicana, published in February 2021, and Jazz en Dominicana: The Interviews 2020 in April 2021.
Created in 2006, the project and blog Jazz en Dominicana has been operating for 15 years on its mission to work in the diffusion of jazz, contributing to diversify its audience, expanding live music venues, supporting emerging talents and making jazz known inside and outside the Dominican Republic.
On his blog, Rodríguez De Mondesert has published more than 1,920 posts, including concert and festival reviews, articles, interviews, biographies, photographs and more about what he calls "the musicians of the backyard," offering a window into the jazz scene in the country over the past 15 years.