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Nachito Herrera: Bach to Havana
Classical to Cuban Pyrotechnics
- Saturday, Aug 18, 2018
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From Bach to Havana, Herrera has been taking classical works and playing “exactly what was written by the composer but over different Cuban rhythms,” he explains. So Chopin’s Prelude in E Minor gets a danzón treatment, and he gets to revisit the second Rachmaninoff piano concerto but through adult, poly-stylistic ears and fingers.
“Those are really nice parents of jazz,” he observes, remarking on both jazz and Afro-Cuban music’s classical roots. “For me, one of the most important composers in terms to learn harmony is Johann Sebastian Bach.” (excerpt from San Jose Jazz Fest blog)
About Nachito Herrera
Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera is acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest Cuban pianists in command of traditional classical and contemporary musical idioms. Nachito brings astounding technique and natural talent to compose explosive music that overwhelms the Dakota with powerful energy. We at the Dakota love to call him the “man with twenty fingers”, hence the Classical to Cuban pyrotechnics description.
Recognized from an early age as a musical genius, Nachito has stunned audiences worldwide with influences ranging from Havana Symphony Orchestra, ¡Cubanismo!, Chucho Valdez, Frank Fernandez, & Ruben Gonzalez’ Buena Vista Social Club. Nachito stands, with few others, at the forefront of an exciting renaissance in Cuban music.
Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera es aclamado como uno de los mejores pianistas cubanos del mundo en comando de modismos tradicionales y contemporáneos. Nachito trae una técnica asombroso y talento natural para componer música explosiva que abruma a la Dakota con poderosa energía. Nosotros en la Dakota nos encanta llamarlo “el hombre con veinte dedos”, de ahí la descripción pirotécnica de lo clásico a cubano.
Reconocido desde un joven como un genio musical, Nachito ha aturdido a audiencias mundiales con influencias que van desde la Havana Symphony Orchestra, ¡Cubanismo!, Chucho Valdez, Frank Fernández, & Rubén González’ Buena Vista Social Club. Nachito esta, con pocos otros, al frente de un emocionante renacimiento en la música cubana.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Hotter than the burning tip of a contraband Cuban cigar. Stronger than a straight shot of Havana rum. As exciting as a World Series game, with ‘El Duque’ on the mound. Explosive. Crowd pleasing. Rhythmically intense. Romantic. Dynamic. Jaw-droppingly good.”
– Tom Surowicz, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera steps onto the national stage as a fully evolved artist, brimming with confidence, in total command of a vast array of traditional and contemporary Cuban idioms”
– All About Jazz
“Nachito Herrera is one of the world’s great Cuban pianists. He blends jaw-dropping technique and rich, powerful soulfulness in an amazing display of musical power and emotion.”
– TEDx Talks