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Roberto Fonseca

Cuban music is currently enjoying a thriving renaissance; musicians from all over the island are performing in the world’s most prestigious venues, and pianists are undoubtedly the stars of this varied Cuban musical offer. Theirs is a golden generation, with renowned virtuosos displaying incredible technical prowess, and who’ve captured and charmed us. However, in the last decade, until now no one has emerged that is capable of brings together virtuosity and technique, and plays a music imbued with passion; with a unique, wordless voice that evokes feelings and makes us travel through different landscapes, a constant journey entering and exiting the island, without the need for a specific destination.

Born into a musical family in Havana in 1975, Roberto Fonseca remains faithful to the wish he has had from the beginning of his career: “I want my music to reach people who don’t know me, and I dream of one day becoming a reference for my audience…”

He started studying piano at the age of 8, though his initial passion was percussion. This interest at such an early age would clearly influence on his trademark “percussive” piano-playing style. At the age of 14, he created his first compositions, drawing inspiration from the Afro-Cuban genre, “At school we used to regard American Jazz as a reference; I felt that my music would be a fusion of both genres … I liked lots of jazz musicians, such as Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett, but also old American Funk and Soul classics.”

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Upcoming Shows

Date Detail Price
Mar23Sat
Roberto Fonseca & Fatoumata Diawara
Theatre At Ace Hotel DLTA
Los Angeles, CA
$29-59
May1Wed
Roberto Fonseca
Old Town School of Folk Music
Chicago, IL
Jun28Fri
Roberto Fonseca
Koerner Hall
Toronto, Canada
Mar24Tue
Roberto Fonseca
Salle Pleyel
Paris, France

Discography

Yo

Yo

Concord Music Group
2013

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Akokan

Akokan

Justin Time Records
2010

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Zamazu

C.A.M. Jazz
2007

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Tiene Que Ver

C.A.M. Jazz
1999

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