We are happy to announce a replacement for the injured Burt Bacharach. Ilan Chester will take his place on the Celia stage on Saturday 3 September.
The 2010 Latin Grammy award winning, Israeli-born and Venezuelan-raised Ilan Chester is a multi-talented musician, singer, and composer with more than 35 music productions who has incorporated a global range of influences into his music.
Chester grew up with the Jewish, French, and Italian melodies he heard as a child at home and later he was equally enamored with American R&B ( Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder) and the British rock movement (Beatles, Yes, Jethro Tull). His music has grown to include elements of classical music, jazz, Afro-Caribbean, and Venezuelan folk music.
A former member of rock and pop bands like Trams, Way, and Melao, Ilan has also recorded four productions for the English speaking market. Chester has gained fame as an exceptional artist in Venezuela and all over Latin America since launching his solo career in 1983 and filling up massive auditoriums and theatres.
After a series of memorable albums, including Amistad, Sólo Faltas Tú, Así, and Cancionero Del Amor Venezolano, Vols. 1, 2 & 3, he attracted even more international attention with the platinum-selling album Corazón Navideño and a collection of six CDs titled Tesoros de la Música Venezolano that sold more than 500.000 copies in Venezuela alone in just a few weeks.
Ilan Chester is recognized everywhere by artists and critics alike as one of the most talented composers and singers in the Spanish language. Many of his songs became international hits by Latin stars like Mark Anthony, Cheo Feliciano, and Chayenne and he has followers all around the globe.