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Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymée Nuviola DUO “Viento y Tiempo”

Cimafunk

Sun. 10 July - hours 21:00
Arena Santa Giuliana
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Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymée Nuviola DUO “Viento y Tiempo”

“Viento y tiempo” is the project (re)uniting Aymée Nuviola’s vocal talent and Gonzalo Rubalcaba’s piano one. It was presented last year with a backup band. This is a more intimate version of the vocal-piano duo, which probably highlights its emotional essence more than the spectacular one. The return of the two Cuban stars is preceded by the latest international award for both: the 2022 Grammy Awards (the ceremony took place in Las Vegas on April 3rd). Rubalcaba won the Grammy Award for “Best Jazz International Album” ("Skyline" - Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette), Nuviola was nominated for “Best Tropical Latin Album” ("Sin Salsa No Hay Paraíso"). Behind the project of the two Cuban artists, there is a charming story about a new encounter between two stars who knew each other when they were kids: their mothers were close friends, and they both studied music at the Conservatory in Havana. Many years have passed since then, and Gonzalo and Aymée have become leading personalities of Cuban music in the world (she won one Grammy and one Latin Grammy; he won three Grammys and two Latin Grammys). And, of course, Rubalcaba is also one of the most famous jazz pianists worldwide. Today, they combine their talents to create what is expected to be a genuine tribute to Havana’s musical tradition. They recorded the project at Blue Note Tokyo. The record (“a tribute to their mothers and the music scene in Havana”) was nominated for a Grammy. _________________________________________________________________________________________  
  • Doors | 7 pm
  • Restaurant stage | 7:30 pm
  • Main stage | 9 pm
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Cimafunk

You can find the youngest Cuba in Cimafunk’s energy and rhythm. He is the most innovative project in recent years: part rapper, part soul man, looking to the future but constantly connected to the musical traditions and the incredible variety of sounds of his homeland. His second album, “El Alimento”, features Chucho Valdes and George Clinton, and it was produced by Jack Splash (Alicia Keys, John Legend). Born in Pinar del Río, he grew up listening to salsa and other Cuban genres, Stevie Wonder and James Brown. So it was almost natural for young Cimafunk to figure out the music to play in the future. His talent did the rest. After moving to Havana, he reached his musical maturity meeting the most important and innovative Cuban artists. In the fall of 2016, he started his solo career under the name of Cimafunk. His music is a brilliant synthesis of Prince’s funk, Al Green and Bill Withers’ soul music, Benny Moré and Bola de Nieve’s Cuban trova, and Los Van Van’s songo. It took Cimafunk only an album (“Terapia”), composed and produced on his own, and a video (the single “Me Voy”), to become the alternative Cuban music star, together with super energetic shows from L’Havana to Paris and New York. According to Billboard, he is one of 10 Latin Artists to watch in 2019. Since then, in just three years, Cimafunk has continued his rise to unify black music starting from the solid Caribbean roots but with massive doses of funk and African rhythms. He’s an authentic revolution for Cuba. On May 1st, 2020, in a recording studio in Havana, Cimafunk recorded a song with Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Aymée Nuviola. The result is a song and a video that spans and connects different generations of Cuban music. From this point of view, “Azúcar pa’ tu café” is a programmatic manifesto of borderless music. _________________________________________________________________________________________  
  • Doors | 7 pm
  • Restaurant stage | 7:30 pm
  • Main stage | 9 pm