Discover Jazz: Revolutionary Fusion
Cuba’s Post-Modern Edge
In the Caribbean, it is said music and politics go hand in hand. What took place in the years during and after Cuba’s revolution found musicians exploring new and often forbidden territory, eager to test the waters with rock and jazz – both initially prohibited by the new administration. But over the years, bold experimental groups such as Irakere (fronted by world-renowned pianist Chucho Valdés) emerged with a new sense of identity and sonic possibilities.
Joining Rebeca Mauleón as a special guest for this class is Grammy Award-winning Cuban drum virtuoso Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, one of the most powerful and versatile players today. Known for his visceral polyrhythmic technique and mind-boggling independence, Hernández first gained international attention as the drummer with Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Since departing Cuba El Negro has performed and toured with the most celebrated artists of our time, including McCoy Tyner, Carlos Santana, Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval, Roy Hargrove, Michel Camilo, John Patitucci, Giovanni Hidalgo, David Sanchez and Anthony Jackson, just to name a few. Horacio is on faculty at the Drummer's Collective and the New School in New York, and regularly conducts clinics and workshops at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, as well as for Pearl drums and Istanbul-Mehmet cymbals. Visit his website at elnegro.com. Additional guest artists for this class include bassist Gary Brown, saxophonist and All-Stars Director Paul Contos and members of the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars.