Concert generously supported by
Nance Gelber & Dan Bjarnason
and Deborah Leibow & Ken Snider
Pianist Hilario Durán’s 20-piece Latin Jazz Big Band is joined by special guests, drummer Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, and Sarita Leyva’s Rumberos and Iré Omó Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble with Amado Dedeu, for this Koerner Hall concert! Havana-born, Toronto-based Durán is ranked one of the most important contemporary Cuban pianists and arrangers today. In 2005, he formed his explosive 20-piece Big Band Orchestra with top Canadian and Cuban musicians in Toronto. Recipient of multiple Juno Awards and Canadian National Jazz Awards, he has been nicknamed “Contumbao” for his creative use of the tumbao repetitive bass figures. In this Koerner Hall concert, the musicians will perform Afro-Cuban music and pieces from his most recent recording, Contumbao.
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