Personalities | Gonzalo Rubalcaba | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues
(Piano, keyboards, b. 1963)
A pianist with Romantic sensibilities, Rubalcaba is from a revered musical family and studied at Havana’s Amadeo Roldan Conservatory. He led an electric Grupo Proyecto on tours of Europe and Asia in the 1980s, representing triumphs of Castro-era Cuba, but the US denied him entry until 1993. Bassist Charlie Haden sponsored his first Blue Note Records albums and remains an important collaborator, while Rubalcaba has continued to compose lush yet abstract works for trio, quartet and quintet, occasionally employing electronics.
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