Three Pianos: Chucho Valdés, Michel Camilo, & Gonzalo Rubalcaba

by chipboaz on February 21, 2017

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One of my favorite videos of the past few months has been a duet between Chucho Valdés and Michel Camilo on the Cuban classic “El Manisero.” It’s pretty amazing to see these two virtuoso pianists, that have demonstrated a mastery of the style for years, play side by side. There’s an uncanny display of musicianship and technical ability, but honestly, that’s not the thing that really grabbed me about that video. The thing I love is simply how much the two of them enjoy the performance – they’re appreciating the music, their instrument, and each other. I can’t really think of anything more engaging than two master musicians just having fun playing music.

Well, maybe there could be something more exciting – instead of two master musicians enjoying each other, how about three? Today’s video revisits the combination of Valdés and Camilo, but this time adds one more party – Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba. The three pianists did a series of concerts celebrating the music of Ernesto Lecuona, which brought them onto the same stage several times. This was a follow-up to the three pianists performing works of the celebrated composer on the album Playing Lecuona. This particular video captures the pianists on stage before one of these concerts, warming up and sound checking. It’s informal and inspired, giving us a look at a fun interaction between these three musicians.

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