The dazzling musician The New York Times called “a charismatic spark plug of a pianist from Cuba” made his debut at the Havana International Jazz Festival in 1990 when he was 15. A decade and several solo albums later, the rousing young jazz pianist joined the globe-trotting orchestra of Ibrahim Ferrer, the late, great sonero from the celebrated Buena Vista Social Club, touring the world and recording with him to growing acclaim. Fonseca also played with Buena Vista and recorded and toured with another of its solo stars, Omara Portuondo. A deft composer who draws on a wide range of musical traditions and genres, Fonseca brought together Cuban and African musicians for his highly praised 2012 recording, Yo, a mix of acoustic and electric sounds the Times called “by turns folkloric and turbocharged.” The keyboardist, DownBeat wrote, “is a terrific example of what makes 21st century improvised music so exciting: Fonseca is part of a generation of musicians who feel that all sounds from all countries are accessible to them, either in acoustic, electric or digitized form.” It’s impossible to sit still when Fonseca’s trio takes off.
Roberto Fonseca piano, keyboards, vocals
Yandi Martinez bass
Ramsés Rodriguez drums