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“Pasos” – Carnegie Hall 12-08-12

Fotos: Al Di Meola e Gonzalo Rubalcaba na Aula Magna – Fotos: Rui M. Leal

Digressão conjunta do guitarrista norte-americano e do pianista cubano passou por Lisboa

Por: Redacção/ JCS | 2012-12-12 17:12

A Aula Magna, em Lisboa, recebeu na terça-feira Al Di Meola e Gonzalo Rubalcaba. O guitarrista norte-americano e o pianista cubano protagonizaram uma noite de jazz num concerto inserido na digressão europeia da dupla.

Com uma carreira com mais de 30 anos, Di Meola é um dos mais conhecidos guitarristas de jazz moderno e jazz latino, e um virtuoso da guitarra elétrica e da guitarra acústica.

Nascido no seio de uma família de músicos em Havana, Rubalcaba venceu dois prémios Grammy pelo trabalho com o contrabaixista Charlie Haden nos álbuns «Nocturne» (2001) e «Land of the Sun» (2004).

You Can Dance to It: Roots of Tradition With Improvisational Freedom Chucho Valdés and Gonzalo Rubalcaba at Carnegie

You Can Dance to It: Roots of Tradition With Improvisational Freedom Jon Pareles December 5th 2012 – The New York Times

Dance rhythms teased throughout the concert at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday night: a summit of Latin jazz pianists with Chucho Valdés and Gonzalo Rubalcaba from Cuba, Danilo Pérez from Panama and Egberto Gismonti from Brazil.

Cuban guajira, Panamanian tamborito or Brazilian frevo would wink into view, hinting at tradition and its comforts. But they were only hints, brief flashes of a cultural talisman. Then the music would scamper off on dazzling individual tangents: playful, willful tempo fluctuations, thickets and inundations of dissonance, wry quotations, pensive melodic interludes. The concert was part of Carnegie Hall’s Voices From Latin America series; it was a night of hyperactive improvisational freedom grounded in deep musical erudition.

The program was mathematical: four solos, two duets, one quartet. It also had a tinge of friendly competition and the best kind of showing off. Mr. Pérez started his solo reaching inside the piano to damp a string so that the note he was tapping suggested a drum. He sprinkled impressionistic clusters, high and translucent and then lower and more aggressive, cleared them away to ponder a melody, then let a dance-tinged pattern emerge and put it through dizzying chromatic transformations.

Mr. Rubalcaba summoned the salon elegance of old Cuban music and then splintered it in multiple ways: with whimsical stops and starts, with argumentative bursts of dissonance, with breakneck sprints that could split into counterpoint. One of his pieces, “El Cadete Constitucional” — written by his grandfather Jacobo Rubalcaba — incorporated Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” recast as a slow dance.

Mr. Valdés played the flirt and the speed demon, moving in and out of a Cuban guajira to quote Bach or strew two-fisted dissonances up and down the keyboard. Mr. Gismonti set up luminous, rippling patterns behind optimistic major-key melodies that peeked out gradually, adding a few notes at a time, then swerved in and out of percussiveness and spikier harmonies.

With so many flying fingers the duets could be tangled. Mr. Pérez and Mr. Gismonti’s duet revolved around a balladlike melody that drifted in and out of focus, with copious layers of complex harmony. Mr. Rubalcaba and Mr. Valdés made things easier on themselves, sharing a Cuban vamp and more clearly delineating solo and accompaniment, sometimes tossing sly musical one-liners back and forth.

When all four pianists got together for a vintage Cuban composition, Ernesto Lecuona’s “Danza Lucumi,” things grew extremely cluttered, though twinkling solos emerged in an informal round robin. Eventually Mr. Rubalcaba and Mr. Pérez abandoned the keyboard and switched to drumming on their pianos — clearing the texture and returning to the dance.



Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio Live In Ft Lauderdale – Photos by Jorge Sanchez

Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio Live in Fort Lauderdale – Photo by Jorge Sanchez

В БАКУ ВЫСТУПИТ ИЗВЕСТНЫЙ КУБИНСКИЙ ДЖАЗМЕН 05 Oктября 2012 10:00 – Культура. Прочитано


05 Oктября 2012 10:00 – Культура. Прочитано – 533 раз(а)

В рамках Бакинского международного джазового фестиваля пройдет концерт кубинского джазмена Гонсало Рубалькабы.

Как передает Vesti.Az, концерт состоится 18 октября в филармонии.

Отметим, что Гонсало Рубалькаба пианист и композитор, которого называют одним из лучших пианистов кубинского джаза, а также одним из лучших джазовых музыкантов Америки 1990 годов. Гонсало гастролирует по всему миру в качестве сольного джазового пианиста. Он исполняет классику, а на концертах в клубах ему помогают приглашенные музыканты. Репертуар музыканта невероятно широк – бибоп, афро-кубинский и другие форма джаза, традиционные кубинские и мексиканские баллады и многое другое.

К сегодняшнему дню Рубалькаба 14 раз становился номинантом на премию «Grammy Award», 2 из которых ему удалось выиграть. Он много работает, в том числе продюсером в собственной компании ’5Passion LLC’, основанной в 2010 году. Рубалькаба выпустил как минимум 25 собственных альбомов, а также появился в весьма внушительном количестве сайд-проектов.



Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Al Di Meola – Pescara 2012

Gonzalo Rubalcaba in Malta with Al DI Meola -2012

Fotos by Mercury News

The Birmingham Times – Musical Notes- Written By Esther Callens- Thursday, 14 June 2012


There is a wonderful new collection available for the fans of Afro-Cuban music. XXI Century by Grammy Award winning pianist and composer Gonzalo Rubalcaba is a two disc set of some really great music.  The maestro of the ivories, Rubalcaba, has most certainly blown the roof off with this collection.
Gonzalo Rubalcaba was born in Havana, Cuba to a musical family in the early sixties. His father was a musician and their house was often visited by numerous entertainers.  This perhaps piqued his interest in music. In referencing Rubalcaba, his press release states, “In a career that has spanned 25 years and nearly 30 releases, including a string of acclaimed recordings for the prestigious Blue Note label, Cuban piano virtuoso Gonzalo Rubalcaba has awed critics and fans alike with his prodigious technique and depth of soul as a composer. On XXI Century, his second recording on his 5Passion imprint, Rubalcaba lets his Afro-Cuban roots bubble to the top while also paying tribute to two heroes in Bill Evans and Lennie Tristanto.”
Concerning XXI, it states, “ While Gonzalo and crew exhibit near telepathic interplay on more subdued fare like Evans’ gorgeous “Time Remembered” Brewer’s rubato “Anthem” and  (Paul) Bley’s zen-like swinger “Moor(e)”, the energy level spikes on Rubalcaba originals like “Nueva Cubana”, “Oshun” and “Son XXI”, all of which expertly blend Cuban folkloric elements with daring jazz improvisation. (Pedro) Martinez also lends his stirring vocals on the folkloric “Oshun,” which conjures up an authentic Santeria ritual with Rubalcaba’s subtle synth seasonings on top and he stretches out in a jazzy vein on an irrepressibly swinging interpretation of Tristano’s “Lennie’s Pennies,” revealing yet another aspect of his multi-cultural virtuosity.”
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is a rare talent who has evolved in the jazz genre. He is at the forefront taking control of the helm of the Afro-Cuban music industry.


Gonzalo Rubalcaba to play at Carnegie Hall December 4th and Dec 8th, 2012 Tickets on sale now…

Voices from Latin America

A citywide festival celebrating Latin America’s music and arts.

From the irresistible rhythms of Afro-Cuban jazz to the sophistication of Brazilian samba, from the passionate intensity of Mexican rancheras to the infectious joy of Venezuela’s El Sistema social-action movement, Latin American culture has captured the world’s imagination. Festival artists include Gilberto Gil, Chucho Valdés, Gustavo Dudamel, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba.

Voces de América Latina

Un festival en la ciudad de Nueva York celebrando la música y las artes de América Latina.

Desde los irresistibles ritmos del jazz afrocubano hasta la sofisticación de la samba brasileña; de la intensa pasión de las rancheras mexicanas a la alegría contagiosa del movimiento de acción social venezolano El Sistema, la cultura latinoamericana ha capturado la imaginación del mundo. Los artistas del festival incluyen a Gilberto Gil, Chucho Valdés, Gustavo Dudamel, y Gonzalo Rubalcaba.

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