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Sun, Mar 17


Takoma Station Tavern

Fran Vielma Jazz Orchestra


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Fran Vielma Jazz Orchestra
Fran Vielma Jazz Orchestra

Time & Location

Mar 17, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:40 PM EDT

Takoma Station Tavern, 6914 4th St NW, Washington, DC 20012, USA

About the Event

Doors open: 5:30pm

Show 6:00-7:40 pm (1 set)

All tickets: $30

Parties of 4 or more can reserve a table for an additional $25. Send a request to

Minors are welcome but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Free street parking, no food or drink minimum, no charge to stay for second set.

Fran Vielma, born in Venezuela, is a critically acclaimed and  award-winning multi-percussionist, composer, and educator. His extensive  knowledge of rhythms from the Caribbean, Venezuela, South America, and  beyond is integrated with his attraction to concert music and the  freedom of jazz.

Vielma was awarded the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities 2020 Fellowship, and the Jazz Road Tour Grant 2019 by South Arts Foundation. His first album Inesperado, was part of a catalog for the label Cacao Music along with productions  of international artists such as Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Jose Luis  Quintana “Changuito,” and Negroni’s trio among others.

He has been on tour around the continent with his start-stud Venezuelan Jazz Collective since fall 2019. Tendencias,  the debut album of the collective, includes Vielma’s original works and  arrangements featuring some of the most important players of the jazz  scene in the world such as Miguel Zenon, Michael Rodriguez, and Luis  Perdomo. The album was included in the Best of 2018 lists by Downbeat (4 stars), Latin Jazz Net (4 stars), & NYC Jazz Record.

Vielma directs the Hidden Treasure Music Workshop with which  he has conducted online talks and several hand-percussion, composition,  and world music appreciation concert-lectures around the United  States.  Additionally, he was the producer of the I International Jazz  Seminar at University of Andes, Venezuela in 2015.

As an active member of Cesar Orozco’s Kamarata Jazz, Fran has  recorded in the latest two productions. His versatility as a performer  of different genres has involved him in concerts, recordings, tours, and  festivals around the world with artist such as John Medeski, George  Garzone, Paul Winter, Bob Moses, Simon Phillips, Antonio Sanchez,  Marshall Gilkes, NEC Jazz Ambassadors, Army Blues Band, Eguie Castrillo,  Eric Hangen – La Ruta, Josanne Francis, Luis Enrique, and Javier Limón  to name a few.

He has been guest-speaker for the Jazz Seminar at Peabody Institute  of the Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, adjunct faculty of World  Music at Salem State University in Massachusetts, and artist resident at  Florida University, Conservatorio de Music de Puerto Rico, Baltimore  School of Arts, and Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra.

Fran Vielma holds a M.M. from New England Conservatory, and a B.M.  from Berklee College of Music. He also studied composition at the Arts  University of Venezuela.


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