Gonzalo Rubalcaba y Aymée Nuviola
Sunday 28th November
8:30pm – Fernán Gómez. Centro Cultural de la Villa
Price: €28 / Concessions: €26 / Friends of the FG: €25
In spite of the US military outpost on the southern shores of this small island in the Caribbean Sea, the air you breathe here is different to anywhere else: it’s filled with the many forms that the treasure trove of Cuban popular music takes. Pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba’s most outstanding creations in more than forty years in the business have been crafted in this distillery of sound.
Rubalcaba, now 58, is one of the most acclaimed improvisers among jazz encyclopaedists. Although it’s been more than three decades since he released his first record, his complex instrumental expertise and his vast knowledge of the catalogue of American standards and its spinoffs never cease to amaze. However, it is when he approaches his own culture that he becomes irreplaceable to many fans.
Technically, his exceptional skills have ensured that he is acknowledged as an unrepentant sprinter, a “Tatum-ian” pianist, who, whenever the mood takes him, never fails to underscore his classical, bopper and also, of course, Afro-Cuban erudition. However, he is at his most authentic when he is at his most restrained. Which may be why the artist now finds himself so happy and at home with the singer Aymée Nuviola. This singer of Son Cubano music won a Latin Grammy in 2018 for the best tropical fusion album.
The album is called “Como Anillo al Dedo” and as if it were a premonition, the title ended up defining to perfection the work that this duo is now performing in their live appearances. Between the two of them, it goes without saying, there is a shared quest, a creative endeavour that points to, and finds, paths and goals.
Originally scheduled for last year at the Fernán Gómez theatre, this concert had to be cancelled due to the havoc that the pandemic wreaked on all the international tours. At last however, we will now be able to enjoy listening to them on stage, thanks to the amicable terms and conditions of the agreement signed between the organisers of JAZZMADRID and those of the 38th Zaragoza Jazz Festival.