Harold Lopez-Nussa Duo Featuring Ruy Adrian Lopez–Nussa; Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Harold Lopez-Nussa Duo
Featuring Ruy Adrian Lopez–Nussa

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

“… a stylish composer and a powerful pianist…” – eJazzNews

Cuban pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa is among the brightest stars in the new wave of clave-based jazz artists taking Latin jazz in a new direction. His performance on the American/Cuban collaborative project, Ninety Miles, with Stefon Harris, Christian Scott, and David Sanchez, signaled the arrival of a new talent. An excellent composer, as well as an excellent pianist, Nussa has put together an incredibly exciting duo with his talented younger brother, Ruy Adrian, on drums, vibraphone, and percussion. The Latin music blog, Timba, in praise of Nussa’s latest recording, El País de las Maravillas, wrote, “the songwriting here is deep and beautiful.”

Lopez-Nussa was born in Havana, in 1983, to a family with an impressive musical pedigree. His father is drummer Ruy Lopez-Nussa, and his uncle is pianist Ernan Lopez-Nussa, both well-respected musicians. Music was a natural choice for Harold. He began piano lessons at a young age, first learning European classical music, then being drawn more and more to popular music and jazz. By age 20, Lopez-Nussa was fully immersed in jazz, performing in Havana nightclubs and studying American bebop. He won the Montreux Jazz Festival’s solo piano contest in 2005, attracting the attention of festival founder Claude Nobs, who produced his first album, Sobre el Atelier. A second album, Hernecia, was released in 2009 to critical raves.

Aside from his sophisticated piano style, it is Lopez-Nussa’s fully-realized compositional skills that set him apart from his musical peers. His talent for pulling together jazz, classical, and traditional Cuban styles, melding them into a refreshing sound of his own, has won Harold an international fan base. The duo with his younger brother, percussion phenom Ruy Adrian Lopez-Nussa (also a composer), is nothing short of explosive. Their piano and drums/vibraphone format allows for an instantaneous, dynamic interplay between the two young musicians that keeps everybody on their toes. Soulful melodies and powerhouse rhythms mix with transcendent balladry. If anyone thinks Latin-jazz as a creative vehicle has “played itself out,” the Harold Lopez-Nussa Duo offers evidence quite to the contrary. In their hands, Latin-jazz is just getting started.

Harold Lopez-Nussa Duo

DATE: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $20/Adv $23/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Sandy Sloan

(831) 427-2227

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