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Harold López-Nussa Trio with Ruy López-Nussa & Gaston Joya
As scion of an illustrious musical family, 34-year-old Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa is one of the brightest lights on Havana’s thriving jazz scene. Son of drummer Ruy López-Nussa and nephew of pianist Ernan López-Nussa, Harold gained international attention when he won top honors at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Piano Competition in 2005 (a triumph that earned him a featured festival spot the following year). While touring widely with Buena Vista Social Club vocalist, Omara Portuondo, he launched his solo career as the leader of a superlative trio with his younger brother, the phenomenal drummer Ruy Adrián López-Nussa, and bassist Gaston Joya.
For more than a half-century, the embrace between Cuba and the United States has been subject to an odd dance of politics, including a still-standing embargo. Nevertheless, the bond between the two nations is deep and strong as ever, expressed most forcefully through the dance of culture—especially music. It’s hard to imagine the U.S. jazz scene without the influence of the many Cuban musicians living here. Yet the musicians who remain in Cuba—whose relationship with jazz and other musical forms stays grounded in their native island’s cultural traditions and daily life—maintain a unique perspective and tell a specific story.
“I need the kind of relaxed life that Havana gives me,” says López-Nussa, whose award-winning music has led to international tours and who holds dual citizenship in Cuba and France. “Every time I return to Cuba, I feel something special—not just a connection with my family and friends, but with the place itself. This is where my music comes from, what it talks about.”
CLICK HERE to watch a live performance of “Conga Total” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wczqtEH8HY&frags=pl%2Cwn)
Tickets: $30, $50, $65 (plus applicable fees); 10% discount for MACC members and half-price kids 12 and under
Date: Thursday, October 18th, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Cost: Tickets: $30, $50, $65 (plus applicable fees)
Categories: Concerts / Music, Cultural / Ethnic
Maui Arts & Cultural Center
One Cameron Way
Kahului, HI USA 96732
Island Area: Central Maui
Location Specifics: Castle Theater