Saturday 4th August 2018
- Sunday 5th August 2018
£35.00 - £55.00
Roberto Fonseca - piano and keyboards
Yandy Martínez - basses
Ruly Herrera - drums
“Roberto Fonseca is one of the world’s great pianists and one of the finest of Cuba’s new generation of musicians ” ****Evening Standard
The dazzling musician The New York Times called “a charismatic spark plug of a pianist from Cuba” made his debut at the Havana International Jazz Festival in 1990 when he was 15.
Ten years and several solo albums later, the rousing young jazz pianist joined the internationally acclaimed orchestra of charismatic sonero Ibrahim Ferrer, touring the world and recording and producing his last release “Mi sueño. A bolero Songbook“. The album received a Latin Grammy nomination in the category of Best Tropical Latin Album.
Fonseca also played with Buena Vista Social Club™, joining great the cast of stars such as Ibrahim Ferrer, Orlando ‘Cachaíto’ López, Rubén González, Guajiro Mirabal y Manuel Galbán and he also recorded and toured with another of its frontline stars Omara Portuondo.
He produced the Grammy Awarded album “Gracias” by Cuban diva Omara Portuondo, a special project with stellar collaborations from Jorge Drexler, Chico Buarque, Avishai Cohen and Trilok Gurtuk.
An ingenious composer and producer who draws on a wide range of musical traditions and genres, over the years he has released his own projects such as: “Zamazu“, “Akokan” and “Jazz in Marciac“.
Fonseca brought together Cuban and African musicians for his highly praised 2012 recording and GRAMMY nominated “YO” (in the category of Best Latin Jazz Album), a mix of acoustic and electric sounds The Times called “by turns folkloric and turbo-charged.”
In 2014 Fonseca released the album “At Home” along with Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, producing this transatlantic meeting of sounds and cultures. The keyboardist, wrote Down Beat , “is a terrific example of what makes 21st century improvised music so exciting: Fonseca is part of a generation of musicians who feel that all sounds from all countries are accessible to them, either in acoustic, electric or digitised form.”
ABUC is the title of his eighth album and the first to appear on the famous impulse! label. It reveals another of his facets: Roberto Fonseca is a storyteller. Teeming with rascally rhythms and burly brass, and woven from allusions, souvenirs and contrasts, ABUC is a kaleidoscope of dancing colours which Roberto uses to tell a story: the great and rich narrative of Cuban music, from yesterday to today. The album featured stellar collaborators such as Trombone Shorty, Eliades Ochoa, Zé Luis Nascimento, Rafael Lay and Roberto Espinosa Rodríguez from Orquesta Aragón, Manuel ‘Guajiro’ Mirabal. “ABUC is an astonishingly broad, tightly fused and incandescently delivered vision.” The Guardian
Afromambo is Fonseca’s very first videoclip and received a Lucas Award (renowned Cuban Award) and the single was included in the very best of 2016 playlists.
During his career, Roberto Fonseca has collaborated with Mayra Andrade, Regina Carter, Anat Cohen, Carlinhos Brown, Vicente Amigo, Kepa Junkera, Snarky Puppy, Michael Brecker, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Nils Petter Molvær; performing in Palais des Congrès (París), Royal Albert Hall (London), Beacon Theatre (New York), Sydney Opera House (Australia), Frankfurt Alter Oper (Frankfurt), Jazz in Marciac, Festival de Jazz de Montreaux, the New York City Center Hall, Festival Jazz de Tokyo. He was also co-producer along with British Dj Gilles Peterson of Havana Cultura New Cuban Sound Vol I and II, and he participated at the Olympic Games celebrations in London 2010.
Roberto Fonseca has recently been nominated Artistic Director along with Chucho Valdés of the International Jazz Plaza Festival held in Havana and Santiago de Cuba. Latest editions featured international stars such as Joe Lovano, Snarky Puppy, Christian McBride, Terence Blanchard and Dee Dee Bridgewater.
Accompanied by Ruly Hernández on drums and Yandy Martínez on bass it’s impossible to sit still when Fonseca’s trio takes off.
Support (4th): Enemy ft. Kit Downes Trio
KIT DOWNES piano
FRANS PETTER ELDH double bass
JAMES MADDREN drums
"Rip-roaring groove, mind-boggling polyrhythmic drumming, snapping physicality and sweeping piano runs from brittle street grooves" - John Fordham, The Guardian 2015
Petter Eldh (bass), Kit Downes (piano) and James Maddren (drums) are 'ENEMY'. Based in London and Berlin, they play expressive and complex music - light-speed rhythmic patterns and dense harmonic clusters collide in a unique and formidable combination of voices that has been described as both "fiercely intense" and "beautifully intricate".
The members of the band have all received their own critical acclaim (including a Mercury Music Award Nomination and BBC Jazz Award) as well as having toured the world with some of the finest musicians (Django Bates, Marc Copeland, Thomas Strønen, Marius Neset), but here they shine collectively, as like-minded experimentalists and improvisers."
Official Website: http://www.kitdownes.com/
Support (5th): John Crawford Trio
"A glorious piano solo...everyone there that night agreed that a man to watch out for is pianist John Crawford, a skillful and imaginative soloist" - Jazzwise Magazine
"The piano solo by John Crawford deserves special mention...floats along beautifully with all the right notes in the right order - it's tasteful, uncluttered and musical Finding a Musical Director as talented as John Crawford (one of the finest pianists ever to set foot on a piano) is, however, a huge plus" - Sangue Latino 3
John Crawford was born in London of English/Spanish Parents. His father played Blues piano, and this is the first thing he learnt to play. His mother would introduce him to Latin music of all kinds, and he has gone on to perform at Montreal Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Getxo Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scotts, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the 606 club, and Royal Albert Hall amongst others. His 2012 release "Ulia River of Time" has been nominated in the USA by the Independent Music Awards for best album in the Jazz category.
In the Latin world he has worked with percussion legends Airto Moreira and Giovanni Hidalgo, Eumir Deodato, Ed Motta, Tito Allen, Herman Oliveira, Henry Fiol, Luis Felipe Gonzalez, Frankie Morales (Tito Puentes last singer), Jimmy Bosch, Bobby Matos, Adalberto Santiago, Luisito Carrion, Mariano Civico, Cano Estremera, Jack Costanzo, Nancy Abalos and Carlos Irigoyen, Maelo Ruiz, Johnny Blas, Jesus Alemany's Cubanismo, Orlando Watusi and Danny Silva, as well as UK based artists like Snowboy, Luna Cohen, Emily Saunders, Guida da Palma and Jazzinho, Negrocan, Sirius B, Manteca, Shantijazzworld, Nois, Liliana Chachian, Gustavo Marques, Jandira Silva, Mr Hermano, Orquesta La Clave, Roberto Pla, Robin Jones, Samara and Viramundo. He was also a founder member of the popular band Grupo X, and a member of the Pop/Jazz crossover project ISQ
As a jazz pianist he has performed with many jazz artists such as Tony Coe, Tina May, Ola Onabule, Norma Winstone, Alec Dankworth, Duncan Lamont, Pinise Saul, Lucky Ranku , Ramesh Shotham, Sax Appeal, Julie Dexter, Chris Batchelor, Sandy Cressman, Lily Dior, Polly Gibbons, Jason Yarde, John Etheridge, Dave Pike, Harvie S, Dave O'Higgins, Tony Kofi, Billy Bang, Noel Mccalla, Roger Beaujolais, Tommaso Starace, Shirley Smart, Gilad Atzmon, Paul Jayasinha's Shanti Jazz World , Victoria Newton, Clement Regert, Adam Glasser, Christian Brewer, Rowland Sutherland, Byron Wallen, Sarah Moule, Shireen Francis, Trudy Kerr, Annie Whitehead, Katriona Taylor, Parry Ray, Daniela Clynes, Esther Bennett, Linley Weir, Zena James, Michele Drees, Eleonora Claps, Anjali Perrin, Orla Murphy, Rosanna Brandi, and Lydia Garrow
He has also worked with artists from the pop world such as Bjork, Tanita Tikarem, Lewis Taylor, Us3, The Braxtons, Andy Williams, Kirsty McColl, Rui Velos, Babyface, Dina Carroll, Gina Foster and Beverly Skeete.
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