Harold López-Nussa Trio

Harold Lopez Nussa, Photo by Eduardo Rawdriguez

Harold López-Nussa Trio
with Ruy López-Nussa and Julio Cesar Gonzalez
Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 8pm

Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union

Tickets

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  • $26-$31  |  NC State students $6.50

Pre-show Talk

Want to know what goes on in the mind of a rising jazz composer? Arrive early for a pre-show talk with Harold López-Nussa. Talk begins at 7pm in Talley Student Union, Room 3222.

About the Performance

“López-Nussa’s single-note grace is akin to Herbie Hancock’s, and his two-fisted attacks are as joyous as Chick Corea’s” – Downbeat Magazine (4-star review)

“El Viaje (The Journey),” the title track of Cuban pianist and composer, Harold López-Nussa’s latest record seems to sway gently like a boat in the water – as if readying for a voyage or returning to port after arrival. This scene aptly describes López-Nussa’s experiences of traveling throughout the world, yet always finding his way back home. This journey of body and spirit has led simultaneously to a musical exploration where he visits various genres and ideas while staying true to his foundational roots.

López-Nussa was born into a musical family in Havana on July 13, 1983. Not only are his father and uncle working musicians, but his late mother was a highly regarded piano teacher. At the age of eight, López-Nussa began studying at the Manuel Saumell Elementary School of Music, then the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory and finally graduating with a degree in classical piano from the Instituto Superior de Artes (ISA). “I studied classical music and that’s all I did until I was 18,” he says. Then came jazz.

López-Nussa is a highly sought-after composer and pianist, marrying classical piano chops with his jazz roots. Collaboration with veterans from the Buena Vista Social Club to singer Omara Portuondo, have helped shape his musical style – muscular, elegant, familiar and fresh, rooted in Cuban tradition yet permeated by sounds from other parts of the world.  Soon after López-Nussa’s “El Viaje” was released, it reached Number 1 on iTunes’ Jazz Chart.