Harold López-Nussa Trio

Saturday September 8, 2018
8:00pm
$35 public | $30 members

Tickets will go on sale to members June 1 at 12:00pm 

Coming straight from Havana, Cuba and at barely thirty, Cuban jazz pianist Harold López-Nussa attained the kind of international recognition that most musicians could only dream of: first place at the Montreux Jazz Festival’s solo piano competition; a performance at Paris’s legendary Olympia; yearly North American and European tours; and five albums released to his name. 

With influences ranging from Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock and John Coltrane to Sting, he was trained in the formidable classical music education system set up in Cuba after the revolution.

López-Nussa composes music for cinema, and has received the Award to the Best Original Soundtrack at the 9th New Filmmakers Exhibit for his music in the Cuban documentary Salvador de Cojímar, by director Ernesto Sánchez. Other Titles in his assets are: Fábula (prize Cubadisco 2014 for best soundtrack) by director Lester Hamlet, animation short movie 20 años by director Bárbaro Joel Ortiz, documentary 4/Gato by Karina Cáceres, El Camino de las Gaviotas, animation short movie coproduced between Cuba and Brasil and his more recently work is the soundtrack of Ya no es antes by director Lester Hamlet.

Un Día Cualquiera is a forceful statement from a Cuban musician leading his tight-knit Cuban band, recorded in the U.S. (at WGBH Studios in Boston, Mass.), and influenced by music from both countries in ways that transcend narrow notions of “Latin jazz.” The album nods to classic Cuban composers and musicians but it focuses mostly on pianist Harold López-Nussa’s original compositions and his distinctive trio concept. These compositions are mostly new, save for one or two, such as the opener, “Cimarrón,” which are older pieces reinvented for the present moment.

López-Nussa chose the new album’s title, which means “Just Another Day,” because, he said, “the idea is to put the music and the trio together in a studio and just play, the way we three do every day, any day—like a concert in the living room of your house.”