Cairo at the BIM-huis
Painter and jazz-saxophonist Armando Cairo has achieved astonishing
results in a short period of time. His sextet is a solid group, that
played only their own repertoire. Cairo composes and plays music like
he paints. Conscientious, with respect for tradition, but certainly
not without a kind of wildness in form and tone. Next week they will
perform in the Amsterdam BIM-huis.
His musical education started with learning to play the guitar the classical
way. My parents discovered that I had a feeling for music, and
my father made sure that I al least was taught the principles of music.
He played guitar himself and although I had rather played the saxophone,
it turned out in playing the guitar. Only after a long time, after I
graduated from the Rietveld Academy, I picked up the saxophone again
Cairo tells us.
In the beginning the leader of a lot of the workshops I attended, Nedley
Elstak, was an enormous stimulator. First of all because of his stage-experience,
which he transferred to other with a lot of love. Furthermore, he taught
me almost everything you could have found in textbooks, but always left
room for ones own deviations.
That is the way to get a solid education, but at the same time develop
your won musical personality.
The next stepping-stone was the CREA big band, at that time directed
by Frank Grasso. I played in his workshops a few times and when there
was room, he invited me to join them.