Roberto Fonseca is one of the most extraordinary, charismatic young pianists, composers and band leaders to explode from Cuba in recent times. He wowed audiences as a member of Buena Vista Social Club, co-produced Ibrahim Ferrer’s last album with Nick Gold, and his debut album Zamazu was released to global acclaim.
An explosive pianist, Fonseca’s dazzling music draws on the traditions of Cuban music though he also brings the lyricism of Herbie Hancock and the drive of McCoy Tyner to his music as well as an unparalleled gift for melody. Soulful and beguiling, his music transcends artificial definitions such as jazz or Latin but is a vibrant, wondrous contemporary reinvention of the venerable traditions of both musics.
ROBERTO FONSECA : 3 NOV.
47 Frith Street
“A fabulously gifted pianist, composer and band leader… a gift for melody that outshines more celebrated peers…one of a new breed who can transcend musical boundaries through sheer quality.” Guardian
“Confirmation that the 36-year-old Cuban pianist is one of the most gifted, adventurous spirits of his generation… by turns playful and passionate, YO boasts poise and experimentation in equal measure.” Observer
“A tumbling mix of electro and analogue sounds, creating am absorbing, textured showcase for some extraordinary musicianship. The energy Fonseca applies to mixing traditions is exhilarating” Metro
“YO goes beyond the usual bounds of Afro-Cuban jazz with a mix of melodic and muscular tunes.” The Times