Famous jazz pianist to give memorable concert in Taipei

The China Post news staff
September 14, 2013, 12:01 am TWN

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The party ain’t over till it is over, or, better still, it ain’t over till the National Theater Concert Hall’s temperature reaches the boiling point when jazz great Gonzalo Rubalcaba peforms in a Saturday, Sept. 14 concert.

The Cuban-born pianist, whom the New York Times once referred to as one of the greatest jazz musicians, will wrap up the National Theater Concert Hall’s “2013 Summer Jazz Party” with a trio performance along with bassist Jose Armando Gola and drummer Ernesto Simpson.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, priced at NT$500, NT$800, NT$1,200, NT$1,600, NT$2,000 and NT$2,500, are available online at www.artsticket.com.tw. The concert is preceded by a brief introduction in the concert hall lobby at 7 p.m.

Students, members of the Eslite Club, users of the Mercedes-Benz Platinum credit card, and members of “Friends of the National Chiang Kai-shek Cultural Center and National Theater Concert Hall” are eligible for discounts. Further information is available at 02-3393-9888.

Best known for his beautiful album “Avatar,” Gonzalo Rubalcaba is modest about his achievements. “I never called myself a jazz musician,” he said.

Attributing his success to his extensive exposure and the works of others, he said: “I think it is important to have a wide background, to have an unprejudiced view … without divisive limits. In the end this helps to enrich your experience and wisdom.”

Rubalcaba comes from a musical family in Cuba: his father and grandfather were prominent members of popular orchestras. His father, Guillermo Rubalcaba, was for a time the pianist in the band of the violinist Enrique Jorrin, who created the cha-cha-cha, according to the New York Times.