Aldo López-Gavilán

@ Joe Henderson Lab at SFJAZZ Center

Friday July 12, 2024

07:00 PM - 11:00 pm

Havana-born pianist and composer Aldo López-Gavilán is an artist with his feet in two worlds, acclaimed for both his mastery of the Afro-Cuban jazz tradition as well as his stunning interpretations of the classical piano repertoire.

A true prodigy born to a musical family, his concert pianist mother introduced him to the piano and he began formal studies at seven, making his professional debut at 12 with Cuba’s Matanzas Symphony Orchestra and performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.3 with the National Symphony of Cuba at 17.

Since that auspicious start, López-Gavilán has toured the world and released ten award-winning albums of original compositions with many of Cuba’s finest instrumentalists and has composed for film and theater. He was the subject of Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider’s acclaimed 2021 documentary film Los Hermanos / The Brothers with his brother, violinist Ilmar Gavilán, who were separated for years by the state of political relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

The pianist was invited by renowned conductor Claudio Abbado to perform as soloist in a special concert dedicated to the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth, and recently composed the music for Catherine Murphy’s documentary Maestra, which traces Cuba’s effort in the early 1960s to abolish illiteracy after the Revolution. His latest album is the solo release Playgrounds.

Friday July 12, 2024

7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

All Ages

Cover: $30.00

Joe Henderson Lab at SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco