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Hilario Duran “Contumbao” Quartet

Heartfelt homage to Cuban music from past to present, led by the widely renowned pianist Hilario Durán, who grew up in Havana.

This concert is recommended by:
LUCY WOODWARD

Cuban pianist/composer Hilario Durán makes his instrument sound like an orchestra and this virtuoso style makes him a favorite of legendary compatriot Chucho Valdés. With his Contumbao Quartet he pays homage to Cuba’s rich musical history, with a repertory that spans the entire spectrum of Cuban music.

In the 1970s Hilario Durán was Chucho Valdés’ chosen successor in Cuba’s most modern big band, Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna, which also contained members of the future group Irakere. In the 80s Durán worked with Arturo Sandoval and Dizzy Gillespie and made his international breakthrough. In the 90s he migrated to Canada where he leads his Latin Jazz Big Band. He has performed with musicians as varied as Michel Legrand and Michael Brecker.

Hilario Duran piano, Roberto Riveron bass, Jorge Luis Torres Papiosco percussive, Amhed Mitchel drums