Cuban jazz pianist Omar Sosa has a new solo piano album titled Senses. It was created at EMPAC, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York in February 2012. Omar was invited to an artist residency at EMPAC with Zimbabwean dancer and choreographer Nora Chipaumire to compose music for Nora’s dance-theater piece, Miriam. During the residency period, Omar used the state-of-the-art facilities at EMPAC, including a superb Yamaha CFIII concert grand piano, to record solo piano.
The resulting improvisations encompass Omar’s sixth solo piano recording, Senses, a very personal, intimate set of 16 impromptus – relaxed, introspective, infused with calm and tranquility.
About the recordings, Omar comments, “I feel peaceful. I feel love for the sake of love. The pieces are musical journeys, during which my Cuban roots emerge in unusual, deconstructed ways“.