Celebrate some of Cuba’s finest artists and leading Cuban American creators May 8 -20th at Artes de Cuba at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The music of Cuba is the result of many cultures… overlapping, inspiring, and innovating.
Jorge Luis Pacheco is opening at the festival on May 8th and performing May 12th (Piano Marathon featuring Aldo López-Gavilán and Jorge Luis Pacheco). Pacheco’s future perpetuates and propagates more roots & branches with his deep classical training & his free spirited, soulful, improvisation. Cuba has long shared its great cultural riches with the world, including some of the most incredible pianists on the planet. A fresh, new face has emerged and is making waves with his “flying hands.” Jorge Luis Pacheco has a unique style that presents a new voice in jazz. His untethered creative, emotionally profound, technically virtuous artistry are steeped in his classical training and hailing from Havana, Cuba – this fiery young talent is fast becoming a seasoned veteran, having performed at some of the most respected venues in the world. From Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York – the Jazz Capital of the World to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Pacheco wowed the crowd at New York’s Blue Note Jazz Festival and gained notoriety at the legendary Apollo Theater for the Lifetime Achievement Award ceremonies presented to living legend Herbie Hancock. Whether solo piano or with his quartet, Pacheco is staking his claim in the jazz world.
Having collaborated with Wynton Marsalis and Arturo O’Farrill, this young talent expresses charisma, exciting energy and respect in his ‘live’ performances. Monty Alexander exclaims Pacheco “defies genre.” Pacheco is a virtuoso pianist, composer, arranger, percussionist and vocalist. His Jazz is a confluence of Cuban jazz, American jazz, and classical music with a measure of contemporary pop to keep things up to date.
Pacheco’s original documentary scores are wide ranging, soulful explorations of lyrical, textured, emotional, and sometimes fast moving melodies, chords, and rhythms. A new piano symphony he scored entitled “Andino” was inspired by the music of South America.
Con El Pache Me Voy (2018): Available soon on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, and more!