Rafael Leafar

Friday, November 19, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm$20
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Showtimes are at 7:30p & 9:30p for this performance

(Seatings begin at 5p & 8:45p respectively)


Rafael Leafar is a rare multi-instrumentalist who can combine great passion, intellectual discipline, and a spiritual fire that is evocative of great artistic creativity. He has established himself as a remarkable composer and musician not defined by any one particular genre or style. Hailing from Detroit, Rafael’s connection to music was Jazz; fostered from a musical family at an early age. 

His parents invested life changing moves to make certain to access of opportunity to quality schools back and forth from suburban education and playing opportunities in Detroit that would eventually prove fruitful graduating from Sterling Heights High School, DSA, Detroit Civic Jazz Orchestra, & The New School for Jazz.

Over the years since 2009 major recording & performances with; Reggie Workman, Robert Hurst, Marcus Belgrave, Luis Resto, Vincent Chandler, Jeff Tain Watts, Marion Hayden, Sterling Toles, Detroit Jazz Festival Band, Kamau Kenyatta, Video7.

Artist Statement

Music to me is a vehicle to develop creative thought to help me achieve a greater understanding of life, existence, and the universe.  

My vision in music is similar to the journey of creative minds like John Coltrane and the predecessors who originated before us.  Visionaries that established milestones and arouse to challenges; choosing to pursue the path to push music forward. Utilizing and expanding my creative imagination, while pushing the boundaries of improvisation, empowers me with the strength to express my ideas, emotions, life’s experiences, soul and spirit through the music. 

Art in which I can command the ability to express complete freedom that conventional systematization typically does not allow for, motivates me to create.  At my core, I’m an experimental sound scientist who doesn’t like to be artistically confined.  I am always searching for more possibilities in music and striving for growth through musical experiences, especially those within the African diaspora, using tensions of improvised sound to find meaning.  This is where my passion and motivation are derived from, with the dream that I could one day create a new influential voice in music.

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Friday, November 19, 2021
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm