Finding Thought Provoking Music: Aruán Ortiz Trio Performing Hidden Voices

by chipboaz on June 26, 2017

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Today’s LJC Video Feature shines the spotlight upon an artist exploring the depths of his instrument and finding thought provoking music on the other side – pianist Aruán Ortiz. Born in Cuba, Ortiz has spent many years in New York, playing alongside a number of prominent jazz artists such as Wallace Roney, Esperanza Spalding, Steve Turre, and Terri Lynn Carrington, among others. He has also been an active band leader, recording and touring with his own trio, delivering a number of outstanding albums such as Alameda and Orbiting. Bringing a diverse background into the mix, which includes experience as both a pianist and violist in contemporary classical music, Cuban-Haitian rhythms, and avant-garde improvisation, his work as a composer and performer always pushes the music into new territory. His latest release, Cub(an)ism, is a solo piano recording that finds Ortiz completely exposed, giving us a transparent look at his musicianship. The playing throughout the album is always thoughtful and often rhythmic, throwing a broad color scheme upon the music with a masterful touch – Cub(an)ism is a beautiful look at an artist with a distinct approach to composition, improvisation, and his instrument. Our video finds Ortiz fronting his trio playing an inspiring piece called “Hidden Voices,” which is a fantastic look at the pianist in prime form – enjoy!

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