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      July 28, 2018

      Saturday   7:30 PM

      211 West San Francisco Street
      Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

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      Chucho Valdés & Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Trance

      NEW MEXICO JAZZ FESTIVAL
      sponsored by La Cumbre Brewing Co. with additional support from Nicholas Potter Bookseller & Zephyr Design Inc. Tonight it's two 9' concert grand pianos on the Lensic stage played by Chucho Valdés and Gonzalo Rubalcaba— arguably the two greatest living Cuban jazz pianists (who are now neighbors in Miami). and whose friendship, mutual admiration and respect goes back decades. Tonight they come together for a special project entitled Trance, in which they perform their original compositions for two pianos as well as solos, “re-imagining music ranging from the popular and classical Cuban repertoire to Monk.” Both now based in the U.S., Valdés describes their partnership: “I know Gonzalo’s father and I know Gonzalo since he was a child. This is a duo comprised of two pianists who have a historic relationship within the Cuban piano tradition. That has made this project something very special. It emerged very naturally, organically. The two pianos already sound like one.” Perhaps best known as the founder, leader and main composer and arranger of the ground-breaking Afro-Cuban jazz rock band Irakere, Chuco Valdés has, since 2005, turned his attention to his personal career, showcasing his talents as a pianist and leader of small ensembles. The Winner of six GRAMMY® Awards and three Latin GRAMMY® Awards, he is the most influential figure in modern Afro-Cuban jazz. Rubalcaba, who grew up listening to Valdés, burst on the world jazz scene in the 1980s with Grupo Proyecto, his explosive Afro-Cuban jazz-fusion ensemble. By the early ‘90s, Rubalcaba’s dazzling performances leading a trio featuring Charlie Haden and Paul Motian had established him as one of the premier pianists in jazz. Already a young phenom with a budding career in his native Cuba when he was discovered by Dizzy Gillespie in 1985, Piano & Keyboard Magazine selected him in 1999 as one of the great pianists of the 20th century, alongside figures such as Glenn Gould, Martha Argerich and Bill Evans. He has won two Grammys and two Latin Grammys, and established himself as a creative force in the jazz world.
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