Winter 2012

We hope this message finds you all in the best of health and in good spirits! We wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season full of health, happiness, love and music!

2012 has been a stressful yet rewarding year. Many thanks to our fans, promoters, fellow musicians, venues, professionals and friends alike who have collaborated with and supported us this year.

In 2012, we challenged ourselves as never before, both as citizens and professionals, with a diverse set of projects and challenges.  It was a year of great visions, hopes and hard work, the culmination of which finds us in a state of reflection with a desire and commitment to expand our consciousness and our horizons. We look forward to 2013 eagerly and with great ambition.

2013 is shaping up to be an exciting period for the initiation, continuation and further development of diverse and stimulating projects.

In early January, Volcan will begin recording it’s first disc. A tour will follow shortly thereafter. This powerhouse group includes Giovanni Hidalgo, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez”, Jose Armnado Gola and Gonzalo Rubalcaba. In February, Alex Sipiagin will record an album for 5Passion, and solo releases on the 5Passion label from Yosvany Terry and Jose Armando Gola will be finished and released in the spring of 2013. Gonzalo will record an Octet disc in February as well, featuring Alex Sipiagin, Seamus Blake, Will Vinson, Pedrito Martinez, Ernesto Simpson, Matt Brewer, Gonzalo and some very special guests.

We are excited to say that Gonzalo will be joining Chucho Valdes and Michel Camilo, among others, in the filming of a documentary entitled “Playing Lecuona”.

 In the mean time, Gonzalo will continue to expand his present stellar live offerings with an updated repertoire in both solo piano and trio formats as well as continued collaborations with artists and friends. 

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us, and please visit our websites frequently, as they are updated almost daily. A few recent postings from Gonzalo's blog are included below....

We wish you all the best for 2013!


Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Gary Galimidi and the 5Passion family!


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 

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Chucho Valdés y Gonzalo Rubalcaba en el Carnegie -


El diario The New York Times destaca con elogios un concierto en el que participaron los dos renombrados pianistas cubanos en el famoso Carnegie Hall neoyorquino.

Raíces tradicionales con libertad de improvisación, es la fórmula que según el diario The New York Times prevaleció en el concierto que ...

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Rodarán “Playing Lecuona”, una película con Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdés y Gonzalo Rubalcaba

Rodarán “Playing Lecuona”, una película con Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdés y Gonzalo Rubalcaba

Pavel Giraud dirigirá el documental que se centra en la vida del pianista y compositor desde que parte de La Habana, su estancia en Nueva York y en Andalucía (sur de España), y sus años finales en la isla de Tenerife

Agencias, Madrid | 01/12/2012 ...

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@Critical Jazz Sunday, September 18, 2011 Review by Brent Black

@Critical Jazz The zen quality of less is more has never been more fitting or at times displayed in a more beautiful and simplistic fashion than with the "Fe...Faith" 


An editor recently expressed an understandable concern over the use of the phrase "no good jazz is ...

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XXI Century - Gonzalo Rubalcaba - by Ken Dryden for The New York City Jazz Record

The New York City Jazz Record

Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba made a major impact with his Blue Note debut in 1990, showing off a thunderous attack in interpreting the jazz canon. Since then, he has evolved as an artist, incorporating many styles into his approach. With XXI ...

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