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Roberto Fonseca

Cuban music is currently enjoying a thriving renaissance; musicians from all over the island are performing in the world’s most prestigious venues, and pianists are undoubtedly the stars of this varied Cuban musical offer. Theirs is a golden generation, with renowned virtuosos displaying incredible technical prowess, and who’ve captured and charmed us. However, in the last decade, until now no one has emerged that is capable of brings together virtuosity and technique, and plays a music imbued with passion; with a unique, wordless voice that evokes feelings and makes us travel through different landscapes, a constant journey entering and exiting the island, without the need for a specific destination. Born into a musical family in Havana in 1975, Roberto Fonseca remains faithful to the wish he has had from the beginning of his career: "I want my music to reach people who don’t know me, and I dream of one day becoming a reference for my audience…” He started studying piano at the age of 8, though his initial passion was percussion

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Roberto Fonseca: Viaggio oltre gli schemi e le barriere

Read "Roberto Fonseca: Viaggio oltre gli schemi e le barriere" reviewed by Paolo Marra

Figura di spicco del Latin jazz del nuovo millennio Roberto Fonseca racchiude in sé le eterogenee influenze europee ed africane che hanno caratterizzato l'evoluzione della musica popolare cubana, sua terra di origine. L'energia espressa con sorprendente tecnica pianistica affonda le radici nello spirito piu profondo delle tradizioni dell'isola caraibica tradotte, lontano da inutili stereotipi, in ponti ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Roberto Fonseca, Christian McBride, King Oliver and More

Read "Roberto Fonseca, Christian McBride, King Oliver and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week's show is book-ended by Latin jazz, as we take off with the talented Roberto Fonseca and we land with the multi platinum-selling Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass. In between, we focus on new releases by Christian McBride and Kansas City's own Todd Wilkinson as well as on the music of forward looking artists ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

SFJAZZ: Decades After, Five Years In

Read "SFJAZZ: Decades After, Five Years In" reviewed by Arthur R George

Five years after the jny: San Francisco, California organization SFJAZZ created its own building, the SFJAZZ Center, it has proved a raving, even rampaging, success, unrelenting in programming, sales, education, and music production. Its number of concerts has doubled from 248 to more than 500. Its membership has increased by almost 200% to more than 14,000. ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Roberto Fonseca: The worthy heir of Afro-Cuban Jazz

Read "Roberto Fonseca: The worthy heir of Afro-Cuban Jazz" reviewed by Gabriel Medina Arenas

Success didn't knock on his door by random luck. Roberto Fonseca has worked hard to earn his reputation as one of the most renowned and skillful Cuban jazz pianists of his generation. The 38 year-old musician started playing drums when he was four years old and played at the International Jazz Festival of Havana ...

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Label: Concord Music Group
Released: 2013

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Harold Lopez-Nussa: New Day

Read "New Day" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Following in the footsteps and tradition of Chucho Valdés, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Roberto Fonseca, Harold López-Nussa is at the forefront of a new generation of Cuban jazz pianists, one that includes Rolando Luna and Marialy Pacheco--fellow winners of the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition. López-Nussa's win in 2005 launched an international career that has since ...

NEWS: EVENT

Outlook Great For Orange County (CA) Jazz Fans For Upcoming 2013-14 Season

In Southern California, Orange County’s jazz fans have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming 2013-14 season. Events begin September 17 at Segerstom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa with Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club showcasing the magical music of Cuba. The club presents some of Cuba’s finest jazz artists: singer–Omara Portuondo, guitarist Eliades Ochoa, ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Jazz Festivals Flower in Colombia

Jazz Festivals Flower in Colombia

By Mark Holston Colombians know a great deal about the power of music. In the 1980s and early '90s, when cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar and other drug lords turned South America's second most populous country into a battlefield, music was used as a tool to lure youngsters away from a life of drug-fueled violence. In the ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Roberto Fonseca, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Daniel Humair, Michel Portal & Vincent Peirani perform at Souillac Jazz Festival this July

Roberto Fonseca, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Daniel Humair, Michel Portal & Vincent Peirani perform at Souillac Jazz Festival this July

The new jazz generation converges with its Afro-American roots this year at the Souillac Jazz Festival in southwest France, to be held from 15 to 21 July. SIX EVENING CONCERTS 16 July The Trio d'en bas will stage an entertaining and unusual spectacle in the Grottes de Lacave. 18 July The drummer Daniel Humair will lead ...


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