Rafael Zaldívar at Montreal International Jazz Fest 2020


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Exclusive intimate concert with Rafael Zaldívar. Recorded in a studio specially designed for the occasion at l’Astral, in la Maison du Festival. Festival International de Jazz de Montréal – special digital edition.

Rafael Zaldívar: acoustic piano and keyboard / piano acoustique et clavier électronique
Rémi-Jean LeBlanc: electric bass / basse électrique
Louis Vincent Hamel: drums / batterie
Elli Miller Maboungou: congolese percussion (drums) / percussions congolaises

Concert intime exclusif avec Rafael Zaldívar. Enregistré dans un studio spécialement conçu pour l’occasion à l’Astral, dans la Maison du Festival. Festival International de Jazz de Montréal – édition spéciale numérique.

Cuban pianist, composer, artistic director, and educator: Dr. Rafael Zaldivar’s exceptional contributions to jazz have been acclaimed by the JazzTime and Downbeat jazz magazines. Born in Camaguey, Cuba, Zaldivar obtained a B.A. from Montreal University and a M.A. plus a D.Mus. from McGill University. The pianist has worked with jazz icons such as Barry Harris, Kenny Barron, and Herbie Hancock and he has performed with jazz luminaries as Steve Coleman, Greg Osby, Roy Hargrove, Terri Lyne Carrington, Francisco Mela, Nate Smith, Ari Hoenig, and Dan Weiss. The bandleader has participated in many international jazz festivals, including the Jazz Festival of Rochester (New York); the Jazz Festival of Queretaro (Mexico); and the Festival Jazz North Sea (Holland). The composer has received distinguished Canadian Awards as Opus, Grand Prix Musical Archambault, and CBC prizes. His sophomore album, Drawing, was nominated for ADISQ and JUNO Awards as “Best Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year” featuring saxophonist Greg Osby as special guest.


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