Black History Month – Concert with Adelene da Soul Poet and Pablo Cardenas

Date posted: January 9, 2019


Spoken Word + Jazz, Fusion, Latin Jazz, Traditional and Contemporary Cuban Piano.

Presented in partnership with the BC Black History Awareness Society, the Greater Victoria Public Library and the Belfry, this year’s Black History Month Concert features Adelene da Soul Poet (Bertha Clark) and Pianist Pablo Cardenas.

A direct descendant of BC Black pioneers, Bertha Clark’s writing style is influenced by Motown. Pablo Cardenas has performed jazz, fusion, Latin jazz, traditional and contemporary Cuban styles on the piano at the most famous events and venues in Cuba and now Canada since 2010. He has a charisma and charm that both intrigues and entertains his audience.

By minimum donation of $10


Adelene da Soul Poet – Biography

I am a spoken word artist.

I was born in San Francisco and raised in Vancouver, and Vancouver is where my family roots are. My direct descendants are the first of BC’s black pioneers, who settled on Salt Spring Island and Victoria in the mid-1800s.

My grandma owned a famous restaurant back in the day called Vie’s Chicken and Steaks, a famous restaurant on Vancouver’s Union Street that operated from the early 1940s to the late 1970s.

I come from a family of happy people who loved to party and laugh… and those are my childhood memories that actually carry me through life.

I grew up in the Motown era, so music was a big influence on my writing style of poetry.

Pablo Cardenas – Biography

Pablo Luis Cardenas is a pianist with the ability to play in a multitude of styles each with enthusiasm, skill and finesse. He has a charisma and charm that both intrigues and entertains his audience.

This talented musician from Matanzas, Cuba was destined for a life in music after his hands first touched a piano at the age of five. When Pablo was just seven years old began his studies at the Conservatory of Music in Matanzas and went on to complete his music diploma in classical and jazz. He studied at the Conservatory for seven years before heading to the National School of Music in Havana in 1996 and graduating in 2001. Pablo went on to work as a piano teacher at the Conservatory in Matanzas, teaching music theory along with classical and later jazz and other piano styles to children and young adults. At the same time he has worked as a classical piano accompanist at the Conservatory and was selected to travel to Dominican Republic to teach a workshops and perform at the National Conservatory of Music, [directed by the prestigious pianist Ivan Dominguez].

Pablo has performed Classical recitals in the most important theatres of Cuba including the famous Amadeo Roldan Theatre and Federico Garcia Lorca as well as collaborating with many music projects and accomplished musicians including Matanzas sinfonic orquestra, singer Leo Vera and groups like Mambo Club International Jazz band  as well as his own jazz project performing  jazz, fusion, Latin jazz, traditional and contemporary Cuban styles. This young pianist have played at the most famous events and venues in Cuba such as the International Jazz Plaza Festival,International Contemporary Music Festival and clubs including Casa de la Musica, Jazz Club Zorra y el Cuervo and many others. Since arriving in Canada in 2010 he has been teaching and has performed with Gergana Velinova, Adonis Puentes, Maureen Washington, Phil Dyer, Damian Graham, Sara Vardy, Miguelito Valdes and many others accomplished musicians. Pablo also has his own music projects including his Latin Jazz Combo and Project Fusion who recently performed at the Victoria Jazz Festival 2012.