Buena Vista Social Club’s Roberto Fonseca heads to Warwick Arts Centre

Roberto Fonseca

Famed Cuban pianist airs tracks from his new solo album, ABUC. 

Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca visits Coventry’s Warwick Arts Centre on Saturday 11 March 2017.

 A former member of the famed Buena Vista Social Club, the brilliant jazz musician first came to widespread attention when he appeared at Havana’s International Jazz Festival aged just 15.

After releasing his debut solo album, Tiene que Ver, in 1999, he went on to replace Rubén González’ in the lauded Buena Vista Social Club (BVSC), before accompanying BVSC’s Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo on tour. He’s since collaborated with Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, tracing the links between Cuba and Africa on the 2015 album At Home.

ABUC is the title of Roberto’s latest collection – the eighth he’s released under his own name, and his first to appear on the world famous Impulse! (a label whose back catalogue includes key releases by such jazz greats as Art Blakey, John Coltrane and Charlie Mingus).

ABUC ranges from contradanza and mambo, to cha-cha-cha, danzon and bolero, infused with the spirit of the improvised descarga jam and hip-hop. With his exceptional septet, the album makes for a dizzying and inspiring journey through Afro-Cuban music, and is swarming with subtly veiled references to the past.

For his appearance at Warwick Arts Centre, the Grammy-nominated Roberto will be joined by his usual quartet of drums, bass and percussion, plus a three-part horn section, and singer.

Saturday 11 March 2017
Roberto Fonseca
Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL
8pm, £24
Box Office: 024 7652 4524

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