Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa announces a rare 14-city North American Fall trio tour from September 20 through October 14, 2014. Booked by Ted Kurland Associates, the tour includes performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival (Monterey, CA), SFJAZZ Center - featuring David Sánchez (San Fransisco, CA), The Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Jazz Standard (New York, NY), Scullers Jazz Club (Boston, MA), Blue Whale (Los Angeles, CA), SPACE - Society for the Preservation of Art & Culture (Evanston, IL), L'Astral (Montreal), and Jazz Bistro (Toronto), among other venues and cities (full tour schedule listed below). In support of the 31-year-old pianist's latest album, New Day (released on JazzVillage in October 2013), the touring trio will feature drummer Ruy Adrián López-Nussa (Harold's brother) and bassist Jorge Sawa Pérez.
In December 2010, López-Nussa came onto the radar of prestigious booking agent, Ted Kurland (Ted Kurland Associates), who considers Harold to be one of the best young talents coming out of Cuba. The following year, the pianist was one of the featured artists on Ninety Miles, a project that came together after Wynton Marsalis & Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra conducted a five-day residency in Havana, working and performing with students. The album was released on Concord Picante and also featured Stefon Harris, David Sánchez and Christian Scott. Soon after, López-Nussa released his sophomore album, titled El Pais de las Maravillas (JazzVillage).
López-Nussa's latest release, New Day, showcases his ever-growing confidence as both composer and improviser, and features the first use of electronic keyboards on one of his own albums. His compositions for New Day were equally fueled by the sights, sounds, and creativity of modern Cuba as by its legendary history. "I haven't recorded in my homeland in a long time," says López-Nusa. "This made the album really special because here I'm surrounded by the people and situations that inspire my music."
Harold López-Nussa is a child of two worlds. Born into a musical household in Cuba and educated by his French grandparents, López-Nussa took an early interest in classical piano before attending the prestigious ISA School in Havana. At the young age of 20, López-Nussa shifted his focus to the fiery Cuban jazz of his youth, but not without the nuanced, classical touch of his education. López-Nussa made his mark touring across Europe from Verdona and London to Vienna and Paris before winning the esteemed Solo Piano Contest at the 2005 Montreux Jazz Festival and recording his first solo piano album, Sobre el Atelier.
Fall 2014 - North American Tour
September 20 / Blue Whale / Los Angeles, CA
September 21 / Monterey Jazz Festival / Monterey, CA
September 25 / SFJAZZ Center - Miner Auditorium Feat. David Sánchez / San Francisco, CA
September 26 / Iowa State University - Maintenance Shop Memorial Union / Ames, IA
September 29 / SPACE - Society for the Preservation of Art & Culture / Evanston, IL
September 30 / Jazz Standard / New York, NY
October 1 / The Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage / Washington, D.C.
October 3 / The Side Door Old Lyme Inn / Old Lyme, CT
October 4 / Montpelier Arts Center / Laurel, MD
October 7 / Wellfleet Preservation Hall / Wellfleet, MA
October 8 / Scullers Jazz Club / Boston, MA
October 9 / L'Astral / Montreal, Quebec, Canada
October 10-12 / Jazz Bistro / Toronto, ONT, Canada
October 14 / Festival de Jazz de Quebec - The Cercle / Quebec City, Quebec, Canada