Cecilia Crespo (OnCuba) writes about the young Cuban musician Harold López-Nussa, calling him one of the most representative pianists in Cuban contemporary jazz. The pianist will be on tour in North America (Canada and the US) from September 17 until October 15, 2014. See excerpts of her interview with López-Nussa:
He discovered the piano by the age of eight and ever since he has never been able to put it aside. Harold, the son of renowned percussionist Rudy Lopez-Nussa and nephew of outstanding pianist Ernan, moves gracefully in classic piano, traditional Cuban music, popular music and jazz, which he considers very important. He is a classic pianist by training, though he combines the mastery of techniques with a need for experimentation by means of the combination of several rhythms and influences that helps us understand how he feels music “sang by instruments”.
Next September 17, he will travel to North America to start on a tour until October 15. He will offer about 20 performances in 18 US and Canadian cities. In this regard, OnCuba met with him and talked about the tour.
“We have been preparing these concerts with an US agency I have been working with for two years now. In 2013 we made a tour of eight performances, only with my brother, percussionist Ruy Adrián López-Nussa. [. . .] I will perform at the Monterrey Jazz Festival and other important US cities within its musical scenario: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, New York and Washington”.
What format have you chosen for these performances? We will perform as a trio. Once again I will play with my brother and bass player Jorge Sabo, a Cuban who settled in Los Angeles 12 years ago. Recently, we stayed about a month in Japan working. Even though it has not been confirmed yet, the idea is to make a record comprising the songs we play during these concerts.
Can you tell us what you songs are you planning to play during the tour? It will be a tour through my whole repertoire and I will include a few songs from my latest albums. I will do my best to make it a comprehensive selection because the US audience barely knows my work considering I have just performed a few times there. I will make a tour through the most representative pieces so far. I will include a selection of tracks from the albums El país de las maravillas and New day, and some new songs that will be recorded them.
New Day is your latest production. What makes it different from your previous albums? It was recorded in Cuba with the musicians I usually perform. I recorded my previous works in France and this one was recorded in Frank Fernandez Studio, in my natural environment. I take this opportunity to thank him for giving me the chance to play popular music in his wonderful piano. Furthermore, I wrote most of the tracks in this record, except for one I wrote along with Maikel Gonzalez, a trumpet player with whom I have been working with for several years. In these tracks I mix jazz with folkloric and traditional origins. I nourish from Cuba’s sound heritage of all times, including traditional, folkloric and popular music. [. . .]
For full interview, see http://oncubamagazine.com/culture/harold-lopez-nussa-cuban-jazz-through-the-us/