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Harold Lopez-Nussa: from Havana to Indianapolis

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AAJ: How do you get booked at the Indy Jazz Fest?

HLN: Through my agency, they have done a great job to promote the Trio and our new album Un Día Cualquiera (Any Given Day)." We have twenty-seven concerts in North American and I really cannot wait to share our music with the US public. I always dreamed of playing in this country and having the opportunity to do a tour like this is a blessing. We hope that the audience of the Indy Jazz Fest will like our music.

AAJ: Will you be with your trio? What kind of repertoire will you play?

HLN: The trio is made up of two old friends and colleagues from a thousand battles. Ruy Adrian Lopez-Nussa, my brother, on drums and Angel Gaston Joya Perellada on the double bass. We have been playing together for a long time, not only my music, we have been together in many different projects, but this is the first time in more than ten years that we have been playing, that we can tour as a trio and record an album in our trio format. It is a dream that I had a long time ago and that I have been able to make come true. The repertoire will be primarily the music of our new album Un Día Cualquiera combined with some of our earlier material.

AAJ: What do you feel about two trios playing that night? (You and the Oscar Micheli Trio of the Dominican Republic)

HLN: It is always a great pleasure to share with colleagues and especially with Latinos like us. I am delighted with the opportunity to meet Micheli and listen to him playing live.

AAJ: What´s in store for the remainder of 2018? Are there any other recordings planned?

HLN: At the moment we are focused on the promotion of our album. After the tour in the USA, we will also be in Asia, Europe and South America. Last month I recorded a new project in France that should come out next year El Comité (The Committee)"; which is a collaboration between several young Cuban musicians. And we anxiously await our Indy Jazz Fest performance and hope to meet new friends in Indianapolis.

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