Pavel & Direct Contact set for ‘Live at the Center’ show


Leah Crane and Pavel Polanco-Safadit form Pavel & Direct Contact, which plays in the “Live at the Center” series April 30. (Submitted photo)

Pavel Polanco-Safadit describes his brand of Latin Jazz as fiery.

Pavel & Direct Contact will perform in the “Live at the Center” series, which will be livestreamed at 8 p.m. April 30 from the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.

“As a musician, you have to reach out to different audiences,” Polanco-Safadit said. “For this concert, we will be playing all original music. We play instrumental music, and we sing in both English and Spanish.”

Polanco-Safadit sings and plays the piano and fellow Indianapolis resident Leah Crane joins him as a vocalist. There will be 10 band members in the concert, but Polanco-Safadit said there are normally eight.

“They seem to have a fantastic team with the lighting and sound,” Polanco-Safadit said.

Polanco-Safadit, originally from the Dominican Republic, said he does have a following internationally in the Dominican Republic, Japan, Mexico and Argentina. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, he traveled to those nations.

When Polanco-Safadit plays in other nations and areas outside of the Midwest, he performs with local musicians.

“It was zero last year,” he said. “My only trip in 2020 was to New York in January.”

Polanco-Safadit regularly plays at the Jazz Kitchen and will perform again at 7 and 9:30 p.m. May 1. His music can be found on Apple Music and Spotify, among other digital platforms. The band’s albums are available on Amazon. Pavel & Direct Contact also has a Facebook page.

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