Sat, Jun 04

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Buffalo

Hilario Duran Trio

It is Latin jazz in any setting. Superb performances of extraordinary music. Chucho Valdes has called him "One of the greatest Cuban pianists of the 20th century".

Hilario Duran Trio

Time & Location

Jun 04, 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM

Buffalo, 19 Wadsworth St, Buffalo, NY 14201, USA

About the Event

The outstanding musical interplay of Hilario's stellar Trio makes a journey through various music styles from Afro-Cuban

chants to Danzon, Bolero, Cha-Cha-Cha in a Latin jazz show with Afro-Cuban music and elements of Modern Jazz.

Together, bassist Roberto Occhipinti and drummer Mark Kelso are an additional gift for this amazing Trio led by the Toronto-based Hilario Duran, one of the most innovative and genuine piano virtuosos of our times.

The Trio is one of Hilario's most expressive musical formations; this musical format offers a glimpse of future directions for Cuban-inflected music. One of his albums, "New Danzon," won the Juno Award for Best Jazz Album of the Year 2005, and "Motion," the second album of the Trio, was Juno nominated. The music of the Trio is a revelation, a tried, tested well-oiled machine that exudes camaraderie and sixth sense. Duran has perfect soul mates in drummer Mark Kelso and bassist Roberto Occhipinti. The empathy between them is not only the key to resolution; it helps take the music to an enthralling high.

C.S.A. Nominee 2021 Achievement in Music Original Song –The Cuban Film, winner of the Louis Applebaum Composers Award, Hilario Duran, is well-recognized for his piano playing and composing skills. The Cuban-born Hilario Duran grew up in Havana into a musical family surrounded by various musical influences. His first work as a professional musician was Cuba's Los Papa Cun-Cun Ensemble. Later on, in the 70's, he was Chucho Valdés' chosen successor in Cuba's most modern big band, ‘Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna’. Hilario was also a pianist, arranger, and composer of Arturo Sandoval Group. In 1990 Hilario was the band's director of the group called Perspectiva, formed with Arturo's band's remaining members when Sandoval immigrated to the U.S.

Since arriving in Canada, Hilario has made a name for himself. He is a multi-Canadian Juno Award winner and nominee; an American Grammy nominee; a multi-Canadian National Jazz Award winner & nominee; and the proud recipient of the 2007 Chico O'Farrill Lifetime Achievement Award, from Latin Jazz U.S.A., for his outstanding contributions to Afro-Cuban Jazz and Latin Jazz. In addition, he has recently been recognized as the winner in the Latin Jazz category of the Latin Awards Canada 2020, 6th Edition. After making his mark in Cuba, Duran continued to essay his skills as a pianist, producer, composer, arranger and musical director of remarkable virtuosity. He is one of Cuba's premier exponents of Latin Jazz Cuban-Canadian jazz pianist Hilario Duran is a fixture on the Toronto music scene. Duran immigrated in 1998 to Canada and was named ‘One of the Ten Most influential Hispanic Canadians’ in 2009. Also, Hilario has been named Best Artist of the Year 2013 by the Toronto Musicians' Association and the 2014 Best Vision Award Winner (Premio a la Trayectoria). Hilario Duran represents an essential aspect in Contemporary Cuban music and Cuban music history; he is a virtuoso player, arranger, composer and bandleader in his own right. Chucho Valdes has called him "One of the greatest Cuban pianists of the 20th century".

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