Pre-show talk, 7pm in Talley Room 3222
“El Viaje (The Journey),” the title track of Cuban pianist and composer, Harold López-Nussa’s, debut release on Mack Avenue Records, seems to sway gently like a boat in the water – as if readying for a voyage or returning to port after arrival. This scene aptly describes López-Nussa’s experiences of traveling throughout the world, yet always finding his way back home. This journey of body and spirit has led simultaneously to a musical exploration where he visits various genres and ideas while staying true to his foundational roots.
López-Nussa is a highly sought-after composer and pianist, garnering international success by marrying his classical piano chops with his jazz roots. Collaboration with veterans from the Buena Vista Social Club to singer Omara Portuondo, have helped shape his musical style – muscular, elegant, familiar, and fresh, rooted in Cuban tradition yet permeated by sounds from other parts of the world. Soon after López-Nussa’s “El Viaje” was released, it reached Number 1 on iTunes’ Jazz Chart.