On Saturday, December 1, Chucho Valdés will perform in Zankel Hall, in Manhattan. That will be the first of two shows the 70-year-old Cuban pianist, composer and bandleader will play during Carnegie Hall’s month-long “Voices From Latin America” festival. At the first show, Valdés will debut his new quintet and play music from his forthcoming release, due next year. “We are going to do a wide selection of songs,” he says, “and the whole show will have a very different sound because the new musicians play differently and think differently rhythmically. That has completely changed the sound of the quintet. The whole feel is more contemporary.”
Valdés returns to Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, December 4, with three renowned Latin jazz pianists—Egberto Gismonti, Danilo Pérez and Gonzalo Rubalcaba—in a distinctive program that will features solo and duo performances before culminating in a four-piano extravaganza with all of the pianists performing together for the first time.
In addition to his two performances, Valdés shares the role of artistic advisor for the festival with three other acclaimed musicians: guitarist Gilberto Gil, composer Osvaldo Golijov and conductor Gustavo Dudamel. Through his advisory role, Valdés will pay homage to the Afro-Cuban jazz tradition and its worldwide influence by helping to curate a series of Cuban-focused performances for the festival.
Carnegie Hall’s “Voices from Latin America” is a citywide festival from, held from November 8 to December 11, 2012, inviting audiences to explore the diverse cultures of Latin America. The festival encompasses music, dance, film and visual arts of many regions with more than 70 performances and events at Carnegie Hall and partner cultural institutions, including particular focuses on the music of Cuba, Brazil, Venezuela and Mexico.
For more information, including a full listing of festival events, go to http://www.carnegiehall.org/LatinAmerica/.