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He is a composer and pianist extraordinaire. He is a bandleader, lecturer, and visiting professor. He is a chart-topping producer, and a Grammy, Latin Grammy, and Emmy award-winner. He is the recipient of his native country's highest civilian honors. MICHEL CAMILO is all of these things and more, wrapped in a human being of boundless enthusiasm, musical passion, and love of life.
Camilo's artistry and virtuosity bridges the genres of jazz, classical, popular, and world music. He is a pianist with a brilliant technique and a composer who flavors his tunes with the spice of Caribbean rhythms and jazz harmonies. Camilo's miraculous talent has been captured in his release Live at the Blue Note (2003, Telarc). The two-CD set shows a full range of musical emotion - from volcanic musical interplay to shimmering ballads - recorded with state-of-the-art technology in one of the world's most beloved jazz venues.
To see him perform live is to witness the energy of a tropical storm being unleashed upon 88 keys. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fernando Trueba, who featured Camilo in his documentary film Calle 54, says: "Michel Camilo is one of the top all-around musicians. Whether it's jazz, classical, Latin American music, or film music, Michel is in his element. Every time I see him play, I feel like I'm witnessing a miracle." Few who have experienced his music and performances would think otherwise.
Michel Camilo made his Hollywood Bowl debut in September 2005, playing his own Piano Concerto with Leonard Slatkin conducting.