The Soul of Cuban Piano.
Chuchito Valdes, Manuel Valera and Aruan Ortiz
When three of New York’s dynamic voices from the genre of modern Cuban solo piano come together, sparks fly, and that’s the case on Sunday afternoon July 6th when OSPAC wraps up the Roots and Ribs Festival of Music and Food July 4th weekend extravaganza.
Manuel Valera's Grammy nomination for his group New Cuban Express served notice that
this virtuoso musician has made his move up to elite status at a very young age. Manuel
stands in a long line of virtuoso Cuban-born musicians based in New York, and starts the
afternoon with a stunning set of solo piano that captures the essence of the sound of Cuba’s percussive and infectious piano tradition.
is a critically acclaimed Cuban pianist, award-winning composer, and a solid producer and educator, not only on the New York City scene, but internationally as well. Named “the latest Cuban wunderkind to arrive in the United States” by BET Jazz, this classically trained violist and pianist from Santiago de Cuba, considers himself “a curious person who loves music”, and portrays his music as an architectural structure of sounds, incorporating contemporary classical music, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and improvisation as primary material for his compositions.
Chuchito Valdes, following in the footsteps of his famed father Chucho Valdes and grandfather Bebo Valdes, continues the legacy of great piano players form Cuba. With influences of Caribbean rhythms and jazz, Chuchito creates an exciting and energetic blend of spicy music that drives audiences wild. Chuchito has recorded and performed piano with the world renowned Cuban band, Irakere, which he led for 2 years. He has also performed at festivals, clubs and concerts throughout the world: from Cuba and the Caribbean to North America, South America, and Europe. Chuchito is recognized as a master of Cuban music including Son, Danzon, Cuban Timba and Guaguanco.
He has also extensively studied classical music including harmony and composition. His original compositions and arrangements draw on classical harmonic and structural techniques.
In his performances, Chuchito's music draws on many styles including Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz, Bebop, Danzon, Cha-Cha-Cha, Son Montuno and much more.