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Aruan Ortiz

Born: August 22, 1973    Primary Instrument: Piano

Aruan Ortiz

Aruán Ortiz is a critically acclaimed, Cuban pianist, an award-winning composer, and a solid producer and educator, not only on the New York City scene, but internationally as well.

Named “the latest Cuban wunderkind to arrive in the United States” by BET Jazz, this classically trained violist and pianist from Santiago de Cuba, considers himself “a curious person who loves music”, and portrays his music as an architectural structure of sounds, incorporating contemporary classical music, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and improvisation as primary material for his compositions. He has received a number of awards such as Latin Jazz Corner’s Arranger of the Year 2011 for his contribution on the album, “El Cumbanchero” (Jazzheads 2011) by flutist Mark Weinstein; Best Jazz Interpretation, Festival de Jazz in Vic, Spain (2000); and Semifinalist, Jas Hennessy Piano Solo Competition, Montreux, Switzerland (2001). ...
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Awards:

Latin Jazz Corner’s Arranger of the Year 2011 for his contribution on the album, “El Cumbanchero” (Jazzheads 2011) by flutist Mark Weinstein
”..one of the most creative pianists of the new generation of Cuban Jazz...” -Jazz News

“...one of the most versatile and exciting pianist of his generations.” Downbeat

“an arriving of a major talent”. Jazz Times

“A mark of quality on gigs and records” New York Times.

About Aruán Ortiz Quartet: ”the calling card of a group of inventive, daring souls who are unbound by musical boundaries and will push them to their limit.” The New York City Jazz Record

As a leader: 2012 “Textures and Pulsations”, Aruán Ortiz & Bob Gluck, Ictus 2012 “Banned in London”, Aruán Ortiz-Michael Janisch Quintet feat. Greg Osby, WWR 2012 “Santiarican Blues Suite”, Camerata Urbana Ensemble, Sunnyside 2012 “Orbiting”, Aruán Ortiz Quartet, Fresh Sound, 2009 “Alameda,” Aruán Ortiz Quartet, Fresh Sound, 2004 “Aruán Ortiz Trio, Vol. 1,” Ayva Música//Pimienta, 1996 “Impresión Tropical,” Aruán Ortiz, piano solo, Magic Music As a sideman: “Ceremonial”, The Afro-Horn, AACE 2013 “7 Jardines” Jazmin Prodan Quintet, Prodan Music, 2012 “Textures & Pulsations”, Aruán Ortiz & Bob Gluck DUO, Ictus 2012 “Journey to the Path Square,” Russell Kirk, Inner Circle Music 2012 “Afro-Horn MX”, Francisco Mora-Cattlet, AACE 2012 “Rise”, Raynald Colom, Jazz Village, 2012 Woody’s Delight”, Steve Turre, High Note, 2012 “Home” Wallace Roney Quintet, High Note, 2012 “El Cumbanchero” Mark Weinstein, Jazzhead, 2011 “Welcome to the blues world,” Christoph Seigrist, FSNT, 2010 “Evocacion,” Raynald Colom, Ad lib Art, 2009 “Meu mundo e oge”, Ligia França, Caligula records, 2009 “Earchitecture,” Jure Pukl Quartet, ORF, 2008 “Calls,” Arturo Stable Quintet, Origen Records, 2008 “Notes on Canvas,” Arturo Stable, Origen Records, 2007 “Nature’s Sound”, Paco Charlin, Free Code Records, 2007 “Junjo,” Esperanza Spalding Trio, Ayva Música, 2006 “La Isla de la Música,” Universal Music, 1996 “Por tu sonrisa,” José Aquiles, EGREM, 1995

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Primary Instrument:
Piano

Location:
Brooklyn, NY

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

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