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Friday, February 07 2014, 8:00pm - 11:00pm
The Art of the Piano: David Virelles Friday, February 7, 2014 at 8 pm $20; $10 Students Recently named one of four young pianists on the rise by the New York Times, Cuban born pianist and composer David Virelles grew up in a musical home. He started studying classical music at the age of seven, as well as being exposed to the large array of Cuban musical expressions. In 2001, he left for Canada as a protégé of Canadian musician Jane Bunnett, with whom he toured and recorded several albums. David graduated from the music program at Humber College, where he became the first recipient of the Oscar Peterson prize, presented by Peterson personally. He has studied with pianist Barry Harris and with the influential composer Henry Threadgill, which has had a profound impact in Virelles’ artistry. Over the years he has performed and/or recorded with: Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Chris Potter, Ravi Coltrane, Henry Threadgill, Hermeto Pascoal, José Luis Quintana “Changuito”, Stanley Cowell, Mark Turner, Paul Motian, Jon Hendricks, Wadada Leo Smith, Milford Graves, Sam Rivers, David Binney, among others. His debut album, Motion, was released in 2007 after winning the Grand Prix de Jazz Award at the Montréal Jazz Festival that year. David Virelles’ group is named Continuum (featuring bassist Ben Street, legendary drummer Andrew Cyrille, percussionist Román Díaz and painter Alberto Lescay) which released an album in 2012 on the Pi Recordings label to wide critical acclaim worlwide. "The young Cuban-American pianist, already an MVP sideman to iconoclastic leaders like Henry Threadgill and Steve Coleman, offered an ambitious, assured debut album, saturated with poise, proficiency and duende.” – #3 - Time Out New York albums of the year “This is my jazz artist of the year. He’s another amazing Cuban pianist and mixes old rumba mystique with free jazz.” – Gilles Peterson Jazz artist of the year “This young Cuban pianist’s new album, “Continuum” (Pi Recordings), moves backward, forward and sideways through history. Intuitive and original, it’s equally of the American experimental jazz tradition, Afro-Cuban religious culture and modern non-jazz composition. It’s got nerve and soul and memory.” – Ben Ratliff, New York Times, no.1 Album of 2012
Location: GALLERY 345 345 Sorauren Avenue (South of Dundas St. West, East of Roncesvalles)
Contact: Edward Epstein


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