Chucho Valdés U.S. Tour

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Chucho Valdés - Tribute to Irakere - 40 Years

Chucho Valdés Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Legendary Afro-Cuban Jazz Group Irakere with Major U.S. Fall Tour and New Release on Jazz Village

Chucho Valdés - Tribute to Irakere - Live in MarciacFour decades ago, Chucho Valdés revolutionized Cuba’s musical landscape as founder and leader of the jazz ensemble Irakere, whose sound-world and arrangements remain strikingly modern to this day. For forty years, the volcanic energy of the music of Irakere, propelled by dance rhythms and symphonic orchestrations, brought to life a fantasy universe filled with untamed creatures and sounds of mythical drums. Today, at 74, Valdés demonstrates his irrepressible vigor with a re-discovery of original Irakere charts – here entrusted to the young musicians of his new band, The Afro-Cuban Messengers, “whose playing is typically met with some actual jaw-dropping by audience members” (Billboard).  Not content with reiterating old repertoire, on Tribute to Irakere – Live in Marciac,  available on Jazz Village October 20, the master has reinvented and refashioned those charts into wonderful source material for a new generation of musicians.

Chucho Valdés’ GRAMMY®-nominated 2013 release Border-Free also features The Afro-Cuban Messengers, who grew up in Cuba listening to the music of Irakere — something that became a defining element for this project. The Chucho Valdés: Irakere 40 tour is a celebration of the legendary Cuban band with its bold fusion of Afro-Cuban ritual and popular music, jazz and rock, marked a before and after in Latin jazz.

Chucho Valdés – Tribute to Irakere – Live in Marciac will be released digitally on October 19 and on disc on October 20, 2015.

Label: Jazz Village
Release date: October 2015
Website: valdeschucho.com
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Chucho Valdés – piano
Yaroldy Abreu Robles – percussion, vocals
Rafael Águila – alto sax
Rodney Barreto – drums, vocals
Dreiser Durruthy Bombalé – batás, lead vocals
Ariel Bringuez – tenor sax
Gastón Joya – double bass, vocals
Manuel Machado – trumpet
Reinaldo Melián – trumpet
Carlos Sarduy – trumpet

Chucho Valdés: Irakere 40 – 2015 Tour

Oct 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Walt Disney Concert Hall (with Eddie Palmieri)
Oct 22 – Tucson, AZ – UA Presents / Fox Tucson Theatre
Oct 23 – Scottsdale, AZ – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Oct 25 – Rohnert Park, CA – Weill Hall at Sonoma State University
Oct 27 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre for the Performing Arts
Oct 29-Nov 1 – San Francisco, CA – SFJAZZ Center
Nov 4 – Columbia, MO – Missouri Theatre
Nov 6 – Chicago, IL – Symphony Center Orchestra Hall
Nov 7 – Holland, MI – Hope College / Dimnent Memorial Chapel
Nov 8 – Ann Arbor, MI – UMS / Michigan Theater
Nov 10 – New York, NY – The Town Hall
Nov 12 – Boston, MA – Berklee Performance Center
Nov 13 – San Juan, PR – Centro de Bellas Artes
Nov 14 – Miami Beach, FL – Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater
Nov 15 – Bethesda, MD – The Music Center at Strathmore
Nov 16 – Durham, NC – Duke Performances / Page Auditorium

*Source: Harmonia Mundi/Jazz Village

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