Join us for an hour of great music, poetry, and prayer, with Hilario Duran.
Chucho Valdes has declared Hilario Duran to be one of the greatest Cuban pianists of the 20th century, calling the Grammy-nominated and multi JUNO-award winner and nominee ‘an unparalleled pianist, composer and arranger of the first order’.
The Cuban born grew up in Havana into a musical family surrounded by a variety of diverse musical influences on a daily basis. Hilario’s formal music training, combined with a deep understanding of traditional Cuban music, as well as a love for jazz, allowed him to play a key role in the integration of Afro-Cuban music and jazz; Hilario Duran represents an important aspect in contemporary Cuban music as well as in Cuban music history; he is a virtuoso player, arranger, composer, and bandleader in his own right.
Always looking to stretch his creative boundaries, Hilario Duran presents in an intimate setting his original compositions that reflect a wide range of influences from Cuban classics (Lecuona, Amadeo Roldan, Ignacio Cervantes); jazz (Stan Kenton, Quincy Jones); Latin jazz (Perez Prado, Dizzy Gillespie, Mario Bauzá, Tito Puente, Chico O’Farrill, Chucho Valdés); traditional and modern Cuban melodies and rhythms; Afro-Cuban prayers influenced by gospel harmonies; American standards; Spanish styles, Flamenco- influenced melodies and Argentinean traditions.
This is a rare opportunity to hear this living legend of Latin jazz piano solo performance drawing on his native Cuban traditions his strong classical component. Hilario Duran, without a doubt, has a liquid tone and his virtuosity gets full play on these exploratory selections.