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“What can I say about pianist Rique Pantoja? He is a very sweet and humble presence on stage. His melodies are so lyrical and organic that I was inclined to take them for granted, like the underappreciated virtues of a beautiful friend you have known for many years. Seduced into a dreamlike state by the apparent simplicity of his opening lines, I was surprised to find just moments later that we were flying in the musical stratosphere in a realm of great rhythmic and harmonic intensity. This ability to effortlessly take us from sweet and gentle to wild and intense (and back again), which he demonstrated repeatedly last night, seems to be an aspect of his particular musical genius.”