This weekend at The Jazz Gallery, Cuban-born pianist and composer David Virelles will return to our stage for two nights of shows featuring his group “Nosotros.” Like many of his projects, “Nosotros” explores Cuban folklore through the lens of abstract, adventurous improvisation. Virelles will be joined by some of his close musical compatriots, including saxophonist Roman Filiu, percussionist Keisel Jiminez, and bassists John Benitez (Friday) and Matt Brewer (Saturday).
Always moving in new directions, this weekend’s acoustically-inclined performances stand in contrast to Mr. Virelles’s most recent recorded work—an EP Antenna, released on ECM. Featuring a sprawling electro-acoustic group including the esteemed multi-reedist and composer Henry Threadgrill, drummer Marcus Gilmore, and guitarist Rafiq Bhatia, the music on Antenna takes Virelles’ folkloric sources and sends them off in fantastical, almost psychedelic directions. Check out the track “Rumbakuá” in the video below, and then come see Virelles take even more surprising musical turns this weekend at the Gallery.
David Virelles and “Nosotros” play The Jazz Gallery on Friday, February 10th, and Saturday, February 11th, 2017. The group features Mr. Virelles on piano, Roman Filiu on saxophone, John Benitez (Friday) and Matt Brewer (Saturday) on bass, and Keisel Jiminez on percussion. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. each night. $22 general admission ($12 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.