Jazz Batá

Chucho Valdés & Yilian Cañizares

A return to the sources of Afro-Cuban jazz

Chucho Valdés Piano
Yelsy Heredia Double bass
Yaroldy Abreu Percussion
Dreiser Durruthy Bombalé Batá drums, vocals
Invitée Yilian Cañizares Vocals, violin

With a career stretching back more than fifty years, legendary Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés is one of the main architects of the fusion between Cuban and African music. He has worked to promote Afro-Cuban jazz since the end of the 1960s. His project ’Jazz Batá’ is an outstanding contribution to this endeavour. With his iconic group Irakere, which features a variety of percussion instruments, including the Batá (a drum used in the practice of the religion of Yoruba), he has, over the years, offered an explosive cocktail of Afro-Cuban rhythms and rock beats, as well as jazz-inspired harmonies and improvisations. For this concert that returns to the sources of Batá jazz, the festival suggested inviting the dazzling Cuban singer and violinist Yilian Cañizares, who is also no stranger to Transatlantic musical meetings.