The program offered by Steve Koven, Rob Clutton and Anthony Michelli started with a piece that set the bar for the rest of the concert. With Bogota – the audience settled in their seats and the ambiance was set – But with Crawfish the temperature rose with the beating of the drums, the flourish of the bass and the execution of the piano that showed the dramatic and peculiar style of the trio.
“ The next song is dedicated to Mexico” Koven stated in english, then with profound resonance and melancholy they performed the classic Conzuelo Velazquez “ Besame Mucho”
In this way, ending with great applause from the audience, who barely had a chance to digest the notable version interpreted by Koven, the pianist balanced over his instrument and started playing “Caravan” by Ellington, a piece that allowed the trio to improvise and experiment with their instruments. Half way through the song Koven removed his shoes and remained so for the rest of the concert.
His own “Bug’s Blues” allowed Koven to take the intimacy that he had created and simply celebrate. Then a pause- the pianist took to the microphone to present one of the most acclaimed pieces of the night- “Resurgence”, which was composed by Koven four years earlier during his stay in China. The influence of asian music was evident and prominent in this piece by the Canadian, played with a unique and noteworthy execution of the piano, drums and bass which emanated the characteristic Asian sound with the essence of Canadian jazz. In the end, applause for the songs and a great evening of jazz was consumed at the FIC in Leon.