Film: “Playing Lecuona”


Released in Spain in 2015, Playing Lecuona—directed by Pavel Giroud and Juanma Villar Betancort—has been playing since last week in Florida at theaters such as the Coral Gables Art Cinema. Dedicated to Bebo Valdés, the film follows three illustrious protagonists of Latin jazz, pianists Chucho Valdés, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Michel Camilo. El Nuevo Herald’s Pilar Ayuso calls it “a treat for the senses.” The film won as “Best Documentary” at the Montreal World Film Festival. If you love Cuban music, this is a must-see.

Description: Playing Lecuona is a musical journey though the works and living spaces of Ernesto Lecuona, the internationally acclaimed pianist and piano composer from Latin America. Serving as guides through Lecuona’s music are the three most gifted Latin Jazz pianists in the world: Chucho Valdés, Michel Camilo, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Valdes fuses Latin Jazz together with Afro-Cuban rhythms in Lecuona’s native Havana; Camilo recreates elegant aural soundscapes in New York and the Canary Islands; and Rebalcaba fuses Jazz and Flamenco in Seville, the heart of Andalusia-Spain and a source of great inspiration to Lecuona. Together, these three musicians provide a rich portrait of Lecuona’s music and its influence.

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