With his jazz quintet, Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés brought the best of his work to his first in Southeastern Asia. He performed at the Festival of the Mosaic of the Music in the Esplanade Theater in Singapore, and at the concert hall of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The concert “Mucho Chucho” in Kuala Lumpur marked the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and Malaysia.
Accompanied by bass player Lazaro Rivero, drummers Juan Carlos Rojas and Yaroldy Abreu, as well as singer (his sister) Mayra Caridad Valdés, “Chucho displayed his virtuosity and won the sympathy of the public from the moment he played the first accords on the piano.”
Valdés recently won his 6th Latin Grammy award for his CD Juntos para Siempre, recorded with his father. He is presently working on an album with Omara Portuondo, “with piano and voice only.” His formula for success, he explains, is “Play, work, rehearse, train without ever stopping. Continue experimenting, support the work of his children. Move forward and continue creating new things. That is the raison d´être of a musician.”