Sunday, August 1, 2010

About Music - Roberto Fonseca

Roberto Fonseca (born 1975, Havana) is a Cuban jazz pianist.. From an early age, Fonseca was surrounded by music: his father was a drummer, his mother, Mercedes Cortes Alfaro, a professional singer (she sings on her son’s album, Zamazu), and his two older half-brothers, Emilio Valdés (drums) and Jesús “Chuchito” Valdés Jr. (Piano) are also two young musicians of great international prestige.

After an early interest in drums, Fonseca switched to piano at the age of 8, and by 14 was experimenting with fusing American jazz and traditional Cuban rhythms; he appeared at Havana’s Jazz Plaza Festival in 1991 when he was just 15. He studied at the Cuba’s prestigious Instituto Superior de Arte, where he obtained a Master’s degree in composition, even though he often says that he was a really bad student. After earning his degree, he left Cuba to find his sound.

His first album, En El Comienzo, which he recorded with Javier Zalba and the group Temperamento, was awarded “Cuba’s Best Jazz Album” in 1999. This success encouraged him to work on two solo records: Tiene Que Ver and Elengo, combining latin jazz, drum and bass, hip-hop, urban music and Afro-Cuban rhythms.

In 2001, Fonseca went to Japan to record No Limit: Afro Cuban Jazz. He also toured with the Buena Vista Social Club the same year and has worked with Rubén González, Ibrahim Ferrer, Cachaito, Guajiro Mirabal and Manuel Galbán. In the 2003 he continued turning with Ibrahim Ferrer promoting Good Tour Brothers visiting the U.S.A., Europe and Asia in more than 80 shows. He has been acclaimed so much by the public as by the critic in each concert and its Temperament I make the opening of the show of Ibrahim Ferrer in Europe 2003 in but the prestigious theaters like Frankfurt Alter Oper in Frankfurt, Palais de Congres in Paris or the famous Albert Hall in London with a great success. 2004 saw more tours to Eastern Europe and South America. His latest album is called “Akokan.” Find out more at:

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