David Virelles Continuum Album Release Party
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Blend Media Group presents Cuban pianist and composer David Virelles’ highly anticipated album release Continuum, featuring Jazz legend Andrew Cyrille (drums), Ben Street (bass), Roman Diaz (percussion/poetry) and renowned Cuban sculptor/painter Alberto Lescay, joined by special guests Mark Turner (saxophone), Roman Filiu (saxophone) and Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet).
During this intimate event, David Virelles will give an exclusive performance of his highly anticipated US debut album Continuum, followed by an after-party featuring Grammy award winning musician, TV personality and music aficionado Ahmir ‘?uestlove’ Thompson, who will be spinning rare tunes. David Virelles’ fans will have the chance to purchase Continuum CDs and LPs, as well as limited edition posters of the album artwork. New York City will be David Virelles first stop promoting this historic record.
The Continuum project
The music on Continuum is inspired by Cuban folklore specifically Afro-Cuban religious practices. These complete systems include music, poetry, storytelling, dance, symbols, art, divination and magic, all comprised within highly complex cosmologies of varied origin. Inspired by David Virelles’ music, the renowned Cuban painter and sculptor Alberto Lescay produced 20 paintings for Continuum. The poetry of Roman Díaz on Continuum was created in Spanish as well as ritual languages from the three main cultural lineages of African origin of Cuba: Karabalí, Kongo and Yorùbá-Lucumí. He uses their inherited phrases creatively by morphing and reorganizing them, contributing to the oral traditions, and also demonstrating how these living practices continue to expand in spite of an ever-growing globalization. Díaz combines these languages to address each song’s individual theme and in doing so, he pays tribute to the multi-layered fabric of Cuban culture of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Born and raised in Cuba, pianist and composer David Virelles grew up in a musical family. His father is a professional singer-songwriter and his mother is a flautist in the Santiago de Cuba Symphony. He started studying classical music at the age of seven, as well as being exposed to the large array of Cuban music styles. Eventually, David discovered his grandfather’s jazz collection and also became interested in that tradition.
In 2001, he left for Canada as a protégé of Canadian musician Jane Bunnett, with whom he recorded several albums (two of them Grammy nominated), toured and collaborated with on a number of projects. While in Canada, David graduated from the music program at Humber College. He studied privately with pianist Barry Harris and has also studied composition with the influential composer Henry Threadgill, which had a profound impact in Virelles’ artistry. Over the years he has performed and/or recorded with: Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Henry Threadgill, Dewey Redman, Sam Rivers, Andrew Cyrille, Hermeto Pascoal, José Luis Quintana “Changuito”, Stanley Cowell, Rudresh Mahantappa, Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, Mark Turner, Paul Motian, Ben Street, Chris Potter, David Binney, Ravi Coltrane, Adam Rogers, Jeff Ballard, Jane Bunnett and “Spirits of Havana”, Miguel Zenón, Cuban visual artist Alberto Lescay, Howard Johnson, Dan Weiss, Adam Cruz Milestone Group, Jon Hendricks, Wadada Leo Smith, among others. In 2003 he became the first recipient of the Oscar Peterson prize, presented by Peterson personally. His debut album, Motion, was released in 2007 on the label Justin Time, after winning the Grand Prix de Jazz Award at the Montréal Jazz Festival that year.
Virelles’ current group is also named Continuum, featuring bassist Ben Street, legendary drummer Andrew Cyrille and percussionist Román Díaz, who continue to develop his artistic concepts. His anticipated album under the same name will be released on October 23rd, 2012 by New York based jazz label Pi Recordings. Increasingly in demand in the New York music scene as a solo-artist as well as a sideman, Virelles has performed and extensively toured with Steve Coleman’s Reflex Trio and Five Elements, Mark Turner, David Binney, Ravi Coltrane, Henry Threadgill, and Chris Potter, among others.
The New York Times about David Virelles :
"One of New York’s best pianists — a Cuban who came on the scene only four years ago but has been riveting in bands led by Steve Coleman, Tomasz Stanko, Chris Potter and others — has put together his own quartet, playing mature, mysterious, suitelike music, informed by the best post-’60s New York vanguardists. “Continuum,” its first album, includes the bassist Ben Street, drummer Andrew Cyrille and Román Diáz on percussion and religious invocations; at times it sounds like one of Andrew Hill’s small groups playing for the Yoruba saints..."
Find out more about David Virelles on
His Official Website