Classically Cuban Concert | "Lineage"

Event information
Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Wertheim Performing Arts Center, 10910 SW 17th St., Miami

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David Virelles


Featuring Hilario Bell and José Armando Gola

DownBeat Rising Star David Virelles knows his roots. Cuban piano legend Chucho Valdés hailed him as "the most advanced of our pianists" and tastemaker Gilles Peterson called him a member of "the new school of pianists from Cuba." Though the 35-year-old pianist left Cuba in 2001, the country's rich musical heritage stays at the forefront of his work, and he often returns to his birthplace of Santiago de Cuba to study with musicians there. From his home base of New York City, he collaborates frequently with American masters such as Henry Threadgill, Mark Turner, Ravi Coltrane, and Chris Potter.

For this concert, Virelles will explore a repertoire of danzones by some of the legendary composers of this 19th-century Cuban genre. With this program, Virelles intends to illustrate the genre's evolution, informed by a modern approach. He will be joined by Hilario Bell on timbal—a percussion instrument originally used in típicas—and José Armando Gola on acoustic bass.

Cuban-born pianist and composer David Virelles was classically trained at the Esteban Salas Conservatory in Santiago de Cuba. Since his arrival in New York City, he has appeared on live concerts and recordings with prominent jazz musicians. He has released four albums to critical acclaim, documenting a wide sonic range. DownBeat Magazine named him #1 Rising Star in the piano category in 2017.


General Admission: $25

Alumni, Faculty & Staff: $20

Current FIU students: $10

Tickets sold online here.

Please call (305) 348-1991 for assistance with tickets or other information.

Cosponsored by the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, the FIU Libraries, and the Cuban-American Studies Association.