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Cuban Pianist Roberto Carcasses To Make Rare U.S. Appearance On July 17
Published July 3, 2008

Performance is part of Miami-based FUNDArte’s 2008-2009 Unplugged Series

FUNDarte presents visionary pianist Roberto Carcassés in an exclusive one night performance on July 17 at 8:00 p.m. in Little Havana’s Manuel Artime Theater. One of the most prodigious musicians and producers of his generation, Carcassés (1972) has made an indelible contribution to fusion through his uniquely accented music.

 

Better known as Robertico Carcassés in artistic circles, he graduated specializing in percussion from the National School Of Arts in Havana in 1991. A year later he embarked on numerous tours in Argentina, Germany, and Spain as a pianist in Santiago Feliú’s band. In the 90s Carcassés and sax player Yosvany Terry led the Afro-Cuban jazz outfit Columna B in the U.S., and around the same time he gave a workshop at Stanford University.

 

Throughout his career Carcassés has been invited to many international jazz festivals, including the Barcelona Jazz Festival (’97), the Havana Festival (‘95, ’96, ’97) and the Utah Jazz Festival (‘98). He has participated in albums that have shaped the landscape of contemporary music in Cuba, most notably Trampas Del Tiempo (Pavel y Gema), Jazz Timbero (alongside his father, trumpet player Bobby Carcassés) and Twisted Noon (Columna B). In 1997 Carcassés composed the soundtrack for the film Violetas (México), as well as some songs for the films Cuarteto De La Habana (Spain) and New Rose Hotel (USA).

 

Carcassés has collaborated with masters such as Chucho Valdés, Changuito, Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, Gonzalito Rubalcaba and Harper Simon, amongst other renowned musicians. His most recent productions are Goza Pepillo, as bandleader for Interactivo, a collective he formed several years ago, Breathe, the sophomore album of singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Yusa, and Techari, as guest collaborator on Ojos De Brujo’s last studio album. In all of his projects Carcassés displays the talent and skills that harmonize with his singular tendencies and sonorities. His group Interactivo, which brings together the crème de la crème of young Cuban instrumentalists, garnered the highly coveted Cubadisco award in 2006.

 

Currently Carcassés is putting the final touches on his new album Matizar, with plans to finish production in Miami.

 

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