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Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Aymée Nuviola New Duo Album: ‘Live in Marciac’

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Pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Vocalist Aymée Nuviola Make Magic on Live in Marciac, their new duo album due out May 27 via 5Passion

Multi-GRAMMY® winning jazz pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba and both GRAMMY® and Latin GRAMMY® winning vocalist Aymée Nuviola present a collective mastery on their latest collaboration, Live in Marciac, due out May 27 on 5Passion Records. Live in Marciac captures an evocative and timeless live concert, full of Latin jazz classics and a few originals, from the duo’s 2021 tour performance at the Jazz in Marciac festival in France at the Chapiteau Concert Hall. 

Album cover - Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymée Nuviola: Live in Marciac
Album cover – Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymée Nuviola: Live in Marciac

Childhood friends from Cuba, Rubalcaba and Nuviola first united as musical collaborators in 2020 with the release of Viento y Tiempo – Live at Blue Note Tokyo. The record was hailed for its celebration of Afro-Cuban jazz influence, receiving a 2020 GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Latin Jazz Album category. Now with the release of Live in Marciac, the illustrious duo returns in glory, incorporating a superlative blend of masterpieces that defy musical trends. Live in Marciac follows a banner year for both master musicians; Rubalcaba just won a GRAMMY® for his jazz trio album, Skyline, the first Latin American musician to do so as a leader in the Best Instrumental Jazz Album category. Nuviola was nominated this year as well for Best Tropical Latin Album for Sin Salsa No Hay Paraíso, and performed during this years’ telecast. 

Eager to perform live in a post-lockdown world, the duo seized an opportunity in 2021 to embark on a multi-city duo tour throughout Europe, which included a performance at the Jazz in Marciac Festival in late July in the Southwestern corner of France. For Rubalcaba and Nuviola, these live performances represented a dignified restoration to their musical relationship. “To play live again is to come back to life. It is to live again as we know how to do it, and doing it with Aymée is divine,” Rubalcaba reflects.

Throughout the pandemic, Rubalcaba and Nuviola began their duo work together, eventually materializing as what Nuviola describes to be a “totally genuine and unique” musical relationship “with all the rigor that Cuban music deserves.” One aspect of this relationship is the overarching message on Live in Marciac: emotional memory. 

With their animated Cuban rhythm and flavor, Rubalcaba and Nuviola create a sound that connects audience members to their past experiences. They achieve this through some stunning performances of jazz classics, including “Lágrimas Negras” and “El Manisero,” two arrangements that played momentous roles in their musical adolescence and growth. Other tracks on the recording, like Nuviola’s original composition “Nada es para ti” balance the repertoire while embracing an intimacy typical of a vocal-piano duo offering.

Gonzalo Rubalcaba is a virtuoso musician and considered one of the leading artists in Afro-Cuban jazz. He has received worldwide acclaim from outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, NPR, Downbeat, the Chicago Tribune, and others. He has been nominated for 18 GRAMMY® and Latin GRAMMY® Awards collectively and has won five in total.

Aymée Nuviola, who has been nicknamed “La Sonera del Mundo,” has effectively fused timba, jazz, son and salsa throughout her impressive musical career. In 2020, she won the GRAMMY® award for Best Latin Tropical Album for her album A Journey Through Cuban Music and in 2018, she won the Latin GRAMMY® award for Best Tropical Fusion Album, for her album Como Anillo Al Dedo. 

Two accomplished, international music forces unite on Live in Marciac, a breathtaking display of music’s power to unite, heal, dream, merge and elevate our spiritual capacities. On this impressive collaboration, Nuviola and Gonzalo are found as expressive and mesmeric as ever, proving that music can create a community no matter where it comes from and travels to.

Source: Lydia Liebman Promotions

Founder, Editor, Webmaster: Latin Jazz Network, World Music Report, That Canadian Magazine. A passionate and committed communicator with a sensibility for the arts based in Toronto, Canada.

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Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band to release new recording: “Vox Humana”

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Drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, Bobby Sanabria
Drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, Bobby Sanabria

Celebrating 25 years! The multi-Grammy nominated Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band is set to release their new recording: “Vox Humana” featuring vocalists Janis Siegel, Antoinette Montague, Jennifer Jade Ledesna.

Recorded Live at Dizzy’s Club Cola in NYC
Release Date: Spring 2023
Record Label: Jazzheads

New York – January 18th – On the heels of their Grammy nominated and 2019 Jazz Journalists Association Album of the Year Award winning critically acclaimed masterwork, West Side Story Reimagined, and in celebration of their 25th anniversary – drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, Bobby Sanabria and his Multiverse Big Band return with their most ambitious work to date, VOX HUMANA.

Bobby states, “Over the course of our many Grammy nominated albums we’ve occasionally featured tracks with vocals. But I’ve always envisioned doing an entire vocal album framed by the Multiverse Big Band. Now with three of today’s greatest contemporary singing talents – multi-Grammy award winner Janis Siegel from the Manhattan Transfer, blues and jazz Queen Antoinette Montague, and the multilingual powerhouse, Jennifer Jade Ledesna, today that vision has finally become a reality.

The individually distinct voices that Janis, Antoinette, and Jennifer possess make them each unique. But the X factor they all have is they are all masterful improvisors in the best sense of the jazz tradition. Added to the mix is our great conguero, Oreste Abrantes, who also sings lead on two tracks. Having that multi- dimensional vocal talent framed by the power, nuance, and tonal variety that only a big band can provide, combined with the repertoire I’ve chosen to showcase them and the band and the incredible variety of Afro- Latin, straight ahead swing, funk, R&B, and rock rhythmic vocabulary that we are masters of and readily have at our disposal in the Multiverse, I believe VOX HUMANA will prove to be our greatest achievement. 

Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band: "Vox Humana"
Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band: “Vox Humana”

That repertoire has a personal meaning to me as I see VOX HUMANA as a biographical work. I’m a product of my environment. I’m a Nuyorican, a person of Puerto Rican descent growing up in New York City. In my case the South Bronx during a time period when pop, jazz, R&B, rock, funk, and Latin music of all kinds all co-existed as equals. It was the last era when the big bands of masters like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Machito, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Don Ellis, and more were in the public eye, and they became my heroes. Vocalists who could deliver a message with subtlety, nuance, and when needed, power, were called upon to deliver poetry crafted by genius song writers. You’ll hear all that and more through the soaring vocals and improv talents of Janis, Antoinette, and Jennifer, along with Oreste, as well as the incredible jazz-oriented arrangements and exciting Pan Afro-Latin rhythms played by a big band that literally takes no prisoners when it hits the stage.”

The repertoire Bobby speaks of includes 1 original and 12 unique re-workings of pop hits like Spooky, Christine Aguilera’s Genie In a Bottle, and Steely Dan’s Do It Again; NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri’s, Mi Congo and Puerto Rico along with the island’s greatest composer, Rafael Hernandez’s, Capullito De Aleli; the classic Joe Cuba R&B bolero, To Be With You; Brazilian standards Partido Alto and Amazonas; and from the world of Broadway theater, I Love You Porgy, and the iconic jump blues, Let The Good Times Roll. The CD also includes an original message bearing piece, Who Taught You That, as well as what may possibly be the most exciting interpretation of the Ellington associated classic, Caravan, and that has ever been recorded. 

Adding to the excitement of the performance, VOX HUMANA was recorded in front of a live audience. Bobby states, “As with our previous work, we recorded VOX HUMANA live at NYC’s Dizzy’s Club Coca – Cola. My musicians represent NYC’s finest. That means they’re the greatest in the world. The added level of excitement created by the audience inspired us in the MULTIVERSE Big Band to a heightened new level of performance virtuosity that listeners will hear explode out of the speakers just as the audience at Dizzy’s experienced in person.”

The history of the Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band is indeed one based on his rich multi-cultural heritage as a Nuyorican growing up in New York City’s South Bronx. His concept of having a big band that has no genre boundaries with limitless possibilities was forged 25 years ago back in 1998. It has yielded a series of groundbreaking, critically acclaimed albums that have all been Grammy-nominated with the band thrilling audiences worldwide at venues like the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The Ravinia Festival, Verona Jazz Festival in Europe, and more.

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