(Prensa Latina) Bridgetown, Barbados – Cuban pianist Hernan Lopez-Nussa substituted for his fellow Cuban Jesus “Chucho” Valdés at the opening of the 10th Barbados Jazz Festival. Valdés, winner of various Grammy awards in United States, recently underwent emergency surgery in one of his knees in Havana, the festival organizers explained. However, the company producing the festival, GMR International Tours, stated that the absence of the famous Cuban musician would not dampen the opening night, since his substitute has great international prestige. Lopez-Nussa is a graduate of the Cuban Higher Institute of Arts and started his career in the 80’s with the group Afrocuba, highlighted the local tourism agency. The young pianist also worked with famous Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez in the production of the albums Causas y Azares and Oh, Melancolía. Clubs such the Ronney Scott of London and New Morning of Paris and venues in cities including Chicago, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Madrid and Rome have witnessed his virtuosity.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.