Harold Lopez-Nussa, piano | Ruy Lopez-Nussa, drums, percussion | Julio Cesar Gonzalez, bass
Cuba boasts a long history of birthing dynamite Latin jazz pianists, and now another has emerged. Introducing Harold López-Nussa, a young pianist and composer with an inventive, swinging Afro-Cuban style and jaw-dropping ability. Following in the footsteps of greats like Chucho Valdes and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, López-Nussa is unencumbered by genre boundaries, forging a unique sound that folds classical, jazz and pan-Latin rhythms together for a rich hybrid.
Born in Havana, López-Nussa began his musical career as a classical pianist, studying at Cuba’s finest conservatories and music schools. As a soloist, he quickly became a rising star in Cuba, performing with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, Holguín Symphony Orchestra, Matanzas Symphony Orchestra and Havana Lyceum Mozartiano until discovering his love for jazz, Cuban son and improvisational music. In 2005, Lopez-Nussa exploded on to the jazz scene with a surprise First Prize and Audience Prize at the famed Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition.
From there, he set out on a career that is continuing to gain momentum and accolades. Forming his own trio and concentrating heavily on his own unique compositions, López-Nussa has ascended into the upper stratosphere of Latin jazz artists. He has played together with major figures of Cuban traditional music and popular music, as well as with beloved jazz musicians such as Chucho Valdés, David Sánchez, Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, Christian Scott and Stefon Harris among many others. His 2013 recording, entitled New Day, gained wide critical acclaim and further cemented López-Nussa’s place amongst the pantheon of Cuban pianists. Just this past May, he released a brand new duet record with rising star Senegalese bassist/singer Alune Wade called Havana-Paris-Dakar. For this concert, he will be playing alongside Wade and his brother, percussionist Ruy Lopez-Nussa.
“López-Nussa pushes all musical boundaries in pursuit of this new vision. His uncompromising, innovative compositions combined with spontaneous, percussive improvisation reflect a combination of notable iconic pianists like Chucho Valdes and Chick Corea.” – Elements of Jazz
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