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Chucho Valdés @ Chicago Symphony – La Creación w Yoruban band & MONK’estra
October 18, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
CHUCHO VALDÉS LA CREACIÓN – MUSIC DIRECTORS HILARIO DURÁN & JOHN BEASLEY
La Creación is an extraordinary career-spanning masterwork rendered with the vibrant sonic palette he forged in the epochal Cuban jazz fusion band Irakere.
In celebration of his 80th birthday in 2021, Cuban piano legend Chucho Valdés went back to the beginning, the very beginning. La Creación, his new three-movement suite for big band, Afro-Cuban percussion and vocals, recounts the story of creation according to La Regla de Ocha, the Afro-Cuban religion also known as Santería.
Encompassing sacred Yoruba chants, the blues, post-bop harmonies and what Valdés describes as “an atmosphere in the style of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew,” it’s an extraordinary career-spanning masterwork rendered with the vibrant sonic palette he forged in the epochal Cuban jazz fusion band Irakere.
Review: Chucho Valdes Creation’ at the Palau de la Música, Barcelona
Portentous, spiritual, at times thick and finally irresistible put the Palau on its feet with an irresistible encore by Irakere, the question remained as to whether ‘Creation’ is, indeed, his greatest work. The most ambitious, for sure. – Canadian News
MONK’estra with Yoruban Horns
Trumpets: James Ford, Brian Swartz, Etienne Charles, Brian Lynch
Trombones: Francisco Torres, Wendell Kelly, Ryan Dragon, Juliane Gralle
Woodwinds: Bob Sheppard, Tom Luer, Adam Schroeder, Marcus Strickland, Carlos Fernandez
CHUCHO VALDES – LA CREACIÓN Yoruban Band
co-conductors/arrangers/keyboards – John Beasley & Hilario Duran Torres
Dafnis Prieto | Jose Gola | Roberto Vizcaino Torre – percussion
Bata & Vocal
Erick Barberia L De Guevara | Yosvani Gonzalez Franco | Felipe Saria Linares | Yenisel Valdes Fuentes
US and European Tour
02 Detroit Jazz Festival – streaming live on YouTube and Quest TV
21 Hollywood Bowl with MONK’estra
22 Paramount Theatre Oakland with MONK’estra
23 Monterey Jazz Festival with MONK’estra
07+08 Rose Theatre, Lincoln Center, NY
14 Berklee Performance Arts, Boston
16 Kennedy Center, Washington DC
18 Chicago Symphony Center
18 London: EFG London Jazz Festival – Spiritland Royal Festival Hall
24 Hamburg: Elb Philharmonie
25 Berlin: Hans de Culturen de Welt
26 Toulouse: La Halle aux Grain