Over the course of three albums and a host of other projects (like 2015’s multimedia Ideogramas at The Jazz Gallery), pianist David Virelles has drawn much inspiration from the ceremonies and folklore of his native Cuba to create distinctly modern music. This Friday and Saturday, July 29th and 30th, Virelles will present a new project at The Jazz Gallery that expands the scope of the musical exploration of his homeland.
Joined by John Benítez on bass and Keisel Jiménez on timbal, Virelles will perform a series of new original compositions, plus music by four of the most influential Cuban musicians of the early 20th century—Alejandro García Caturla, Amadeo Roldán, Antonio María Romeu and Eliseo Grenet. Caturla and Roldán were leaders of the Afrocubanismo movement, incorporating traditional Cuban music into Western symphonic forms. Romeu and Grenet on the other hand sought to bring these traditional influences into jazz and popular dance music. With his top musical intellect and imagination, Virelles is sure to weave a fascinating narrative through this wide range of source material.
Pianist David Virelles plays The Jazz Gallery on Friday, July 29th, and Saturday, July 30th, 2016. Mr. Virelles will be joined by John Benítez on bass and Keisel Jiménez on timbal. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. each night. $22 general admission ($12 for members) for each set. FREE for SummerPass holders. Purchase tickets here.