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Aruán 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).

Before arriving in New York to play with the Wallace Roney Quintet, Aruán was one of the key members for the Esperanza Spalding Trio’s debut album Junjo (Ayva Music 2006), where All about jazz said: “The trio has… splendid flashes of precision from pianist Aruán Ortiz who is excellent throughout”

Aruán has recorded five recordings, all very well received by the critics. “Alameda” (Fresh Sound, 2010), received 4 stars in Jazzwise magazine (U.K.), and was reviewed as “a sophisticated outing of modern jazz.” This album was named one of the top jazz CDs of the year in 2010 by numerous jazz magazines and blogs around the world.

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”..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

Primary Instrument

Piano

Willing to teach

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Discography

Cub(an)ism

Cub(an)ism

Intakt Records
2017

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Cuban Nocturne

Cuban Nocturne

Newvelle Records
2017

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Hidden Voices

Hidden Voices

Intakt Records
2016

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Orbiting

Orbiting

Fresh Sound New Talent
2013

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Open & Close/The Sphinx

Open & Close/The Sphinx

Aruán Ortiz
Hidden Voices

Koko

Koko

Aruán Ortiz
Orbiting

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