Wednesday 29th August 2018
£15.00 - £35.00
Omar Rodriguez Calvo - bass, Jamie Peet - drums
Nominated for three Cubadisco Awards (The Cuban Grammys) in 2018!
Cuban pianist Ramón Valle is a seasoned veteran with the explosive energy of a racehorse straight out of the gate.
Ramón’s stage presence is commanding, whetever within the ranks of an orchestra or leading a trio. His performances and stage presence are charismatic, his music – intoxicating.
Valle was only seven when he began studying the piano at the Escuela Nacional de Arte in his hometown Holguin, Cuba. He later completed his advanced studies at the Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana. After establishing himself on the jazz festival scene in Mexico, Bogota and Havana, the great Cuban pianist and founder of Irakere, Chucho Valdes, declared Ramón Valle ‘The greatest talents among our young pianists’, when introducing Ramón on his debut album, Levitando in 1993.
Valle’s original composition, Levitando, has since become a well known Cuban anthem around the world.
Valle has been featured on international stages as: The London Jazz Festival, The North Sea Jazz Festival, Havana Jazz festival, Bogotá Jazz Festival/Colombia, Montreux Jazz Festival, Leverkusen Festival, Piano Solo Festival/Prague, Capetown Jazz Festival, Melbourne Jazz Festival, Johannesburg Jazz Festival, Hungarian Jazz Festival/Budapest, Israel’s Sinfonietta Beer Sheva, and tours in Barcelona, Luxembourg, Austria, France, Belgium, Mexico, with multiple performances at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, where he now resides.
Ramón Valle is signed to In+Out Records GmbH, a German-based independent label with distribution throughout Europe, The USA and other international countries.
His brand new album ‘The Time Is Now’ will be released in the end of March 2018 and is probably his most personal album so far. With this new recording, Ramón Valle takes on the role of musical time traveler, as he experiences and interprets, from an up close and personal vantage, the music that is happening today from an up close and personal vantage. His inspiration for "The Time Is Now" came from watching music videos with his children; Dayla, 8, and Fabio, 11, but also from his musical heritage in Cuba and his life in Europe. Two of the eleven compositions on this album are dedicated to his parents, who he both lost in 2017 within a very short period of time. A very special collaboration with his long time friend and colleague Roy Hargrove also gives this album a personal dimension.
“Valle is a more open, overly emotional piano – trio master than Brad Meldhau. Mcoy Tyner and Chick Corea are the musicians who come to mind as comparisons. He is a formidably sophisticated player rooted in Cuban jazz, but drawing on resources way beyond the usual suspects the idiom usually calls up. “★★★★ – THE GUARDIAN, LONDON
“Valle is equally adept at intensely swinging like Oscar Peterson – but with a groove that reflects the syncopation of the Afro-Cuban clave-playing pop music or reveling in the island’s many traditional rhythms. And like any of the pianists who record for ECM, Valle can draw the curtain down around himself and play powerfully introspective music.” – JAZZTIMES