Chucho Valdés Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Legendary Afro-Cuban Jazz Group Irakere with Major U.S. Fall Tour and New Release on Jazz Village
Chucho Valdés's Tribute to Irakere - Live in Marciac, WILL BE RELEASED DIGITALLY OCTOBER 19 AND ON DISC October 20
"[Valdés is] a pianist of imperial command, possessed of a dazzling,
deceptively casual virtuosity."
- The New York Times
Four decades ago, Chucho Valdés revolutionized Cuba’s musical landscape as founder and leader of the jazz ensemble Irakere, whose sound-world and arrangements remain strikingly modern to this day. For forty years, the volcanic energy of the music of Irakere, propelled by dance rhythms and symphonic orchestrations, brought to life a fantasy universe filled with untamed creatures and sounds of mythical drums. Today, at 74, Valdés demonstrates his irrepressible vigor with a re-discovery of original Irakere charts – here entrusted to the young musicians of his new band, The Afro-Cuban Messengers, "whose playing is typically met with some actual jaw-dropping by audience members" (Billboard). Not content with reiterating old repertoire, on Tribute to Irakere - Live in Marciac, available on Jazz Village October 20, the master has reinvented and refashioned those charts into wonderful source material for a new generation of musicians.
Valdés´s GRAMMY®-nominated 2013 release Border-Free also features The Afro-Cuban Messengers, who grew up in Cuba listening to the music of Irakere — something that became a defining element for this project. The Chucho Valdés: Irakere 40 tour is a celebration of the legendary Cuban band with its bold fusion of Afro-Cuban ritual and popular music, jazz and rock, marked a before and after in Latin jazz.
Chucho Valdés: Irakere 40 – 2015 Tour
Oct 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Walt Disney Concert Hall (with Eddie Palmieri)
Oct 22 - Tucson, AZ - UA Presents / Fox Tucson Theatre
Oct 23 - Scottsdale, AZ - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Oct 25 - Rohnert Park, CA - Weill Hall at Sonoma State University
Oct 27 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre for the Performing Arts
Oct 29-Nov 1 - San Francisco, CA - SFJAZZ Center
Nov 4 - Columbia, MO - Missouri Theatre
Nov 6 - Chicago, IL - Symphony Center Orchestra Hall
Nov 7 - Holland, MI - Hope College / Dimnent Memorial Chapel
Nov 8 - Ann Arbor, MI - UMS / Michigan Theater
Nov 10 - New York, NY - The Town Hall
Nov 12 - Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center
Nov 13 - San Juan, PR - Centro de Bellas Artes
Nov 14 - Miami Beach, FL - Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater
Nov 15 - Bethesda, MD - The Music Center at Strathmore
Nov 16 - Durham, NC - Duke Performances / Page Auditorium