Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio Brings The Sounds of Cuba to Washington, D.C. with Album Release Performance at The Kennedy Center (Terrace Club) – Saturday, October 8

Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio
Brings The Sounds of Cuba to Washington, D.C.
with Album Release Performance at 
The Kennedy Center (Terrace Club) – Saturday, October 8

Show In Support of Mack Avenue Records Debut El Viaje

Harold Lopez-Nussa / piano

Luques Curtis / bass
Ruy Adrián Lopez-Nussa / drums

Saturday, October 8

Two Sets at 7:00pm & 9:00pm

The John F. Kennedy Center
For The Performing Arts
KC Jazz Club @ The Terrace Gallery

2700 F Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 
Phone: 202-467-4600

“Harold has the requisite command of folkloric Cuban dance grooves 
as well as a broader palette of jazz and pop, and his playing, 
while virtuoso, avoids mere flash.” – Boston Globe
“Lopez-Nussa’s single-note grace is akin to Herbie Hancock’s, 
and his two-fisted attacks are as joyous as Chick Corea’s.”  – DownBeat

Cuban pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa is set to perform in Washington, D.C. at The Kennedy Center (Terrace Club) on Saturday, October 8 with sets at 7:00pm and 9:00pm. The performance is part of his United States tour celebrating the release of his Mack Avenue Records debut album El Viaje (released on September 9, 2016). Lopez-Nussa is joined by bassist Luques Curtis and Harold’s brother Ruy Lopez-Nussa for a special night of music.

El Viaje (The Journey),” the title track of Cuban pianist and composer Harold López-Nussa’s debut release on Mack Avenue Records, seems to sway gently like a boat in the water–as if readying for a voyage or returning to port after arrival–trumpet and voices whispering memories. This scene aptly describes López-Nussa’s experiences of traveling throughout the world, yet always finding his way back to his hometown of Havana, Cuba. This journey of body and spirit has led simultaneously to a musical exploration where he visits various genres and ideas while staying true to his foundational roots.

The release of López-Nussa’s music stateside is a significant postscript to President Obama’s recent trip to Havana. The conservatory-trained pianist is the first Cuba-based musician (he has dual citizenship in both Cuba and France) to release an album internationally since the lifting of many of the restrictions associated with the longstanding trade embargo. States Mack Avenue Records President Denny Stilwell, “Harold follows in the modern day tradition of exemplary Cuban pianists who have recorded and toured internationally. We feel he is an emerging artist with immense creative potential to breakthrough.”

Even as López-Nussa brings his experiences elsewhere back home, Havana never becomes just a backdrop. This is a recording made in Havana. For him, the city, its sounds and its people are a point of departure–and return. “I’ve always liked the idea of projecting myself to the world from here,” he says. “The personal ties are very strong for me. A lot ties me to this country,” he said. “I want this to be my place to create–even if I can have those great experiences traveling. The personal is essential for my creative process. Being able to go out into the neighborhood where I grew up, a place that I know so well, walk on the Malecón, sit by the sea. This is where I want to be.”

About Harold López-Nussa:
López-Nussa has moved with ease between the classical, popular and jazz music worlds. A quick look at his experiences reveal a recording of Heitor Villa-Lobos´ “Fourth Piano Concerto” with Cuba’s National Symphony Orchestra (2003) but also winning the First Prize and Audience Prize of the Jazz Solo Piano Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland, in 2005. He was part of projects as diverse as Ninety Miles (a recording with David Sánchez, Christian Scott and Stefon Harris) and Esencial (an album of compositions by revered Cuban classical guitarist, composer and conductor Leo Brouwer), both in 2011.
As for his popular music and on-the-job training, he was part of projects such as the Cuba volume of Rhythms del Mundo, which paired him with veterans from Buena Vista Social Club and he spent three years in the touring band of singer Omara Portuondo, an opportunity he calls “a blessing.” He has distilled all those experiences not only into a rich, personal style, as a player and composer, but it infused López-Nussa with an engaging attitude about making and sharing music.

Harold Lopez-Nussa -
Harold Lopez-Nussa – “El Viaje” EPK

Harold López-Nussa · El Viaje
Mack Avenue Records ·  Release Date: September 9, 2016


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