It is hard to say what Roman Filius hometown is. Probably, the best way to explain it is that he was born in Cuba but raised in music. After graduating from the Higher Institute of Art in Havana and working as a saxophone professor at the National School of Music in the same city, Filiu joined to the well-known band Irakere, leaded by Chucho Valdes, from 1997 to 2006. In those 9 years that he spent with them, Filiu not only became an experienced and respected musician but also he got to travel around the world. In the U.S Irakere performed at the Carnegie Hall and The Chicago Symphony Hall, among other important venues of the music scene. Also, he participated in the recording of the album Babalú Ayé (1999), which was nominated to the Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy Award.
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