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Harold López-Nussa Trio
Cuban Piano Phenom
- Monday, Sep 17, 2018
BOX OFFICE 612-332-5299
Harold López-Nussa Media
with Ruy López-Nussa & Gaston Joya
About Harold López-Nussa
Harold López-Nussa was born 1983 in Havana, where he still lives, and holds dual citizenship in Cuba and France. “Every time I return to Cuba, I feel something special—not just a connection with my family and friends, but with the place itself. This is where my music comes from, what it talks about.” The ease and invention with which he improvises at the piano, and the suppleness with which his trio swings make it hard to believe that López-Nussa didn’t really take up jazz until he was 18 years old.
López-Nussa’s music reflects the full range and richness of Cuban music, with its distinctive combination of classical, folkloric and popular elements, as well as its embrace of jazz improvisation and interaction. His career gracefully spans styles. Early on, he recorded Heitor Villa-Lobos ́ Fourth Piano Concerto with Cuba’s National Symphony Orchestra (2003) and won First Prize at the Jazz Solo Piano Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland (2005). He was featured on the album Ninety Miles, playing alongside jazz stars David Sánchez, Christian Scott and Stefon Harris. His award-winning music has also led to international tours. He spent three years in the touring band of the beloved Cuban singer Omara Portuondo.
Un Día Cualquiera is a forceful statement from a Cuban musician leading his tight-knit Cuban band, recorded in the U.S., and influenced by music from both countries in ways that transcend narrow notions of “Latin jazz.” The album nods to classic Cuban composers and musicians but it focuses mostly on pianist Harold López-Nussa’s original compositions and his distinctive trio concept. When we play to together, something special always happens and I feel comfortable and free, because they know how my music works and where I will go even before I get there.”
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Young Harold López-Nussa is among the greatest pianists of Cuba.”
— Havana Times
“Simply a genius, a star.”
— Chucho Valdés