Aldo & Ilmar López-Gavilán
Havana, May 18 (RHC)-- The CD ‘Brothers’ –the first by the duo made up of Aldo López-Gavilán and his brother Ilmar won in the 24th edition of Cuba’s Cubadisco Awards in the category of instrumental music.
Brothers, released soon on digital platforms, includes ten tracks –all of them composed by Aldo López-Gavilán, with arrangements for piano and violin by the two brothers. The album was conceived in 2019 in the context of several presentations of the duo in New York.
The performances in the US also led to the shooting of the documentary Los Hermanos / The Brothers, by US filmmakers Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider. The documentary has been exhibited in some dozen film festivals in the US and was also recently broadcast on PBS.
A violinist trained in the former Soviet Union, Spain and the United States, where he currently resides, Ilmar López-Gavilán has performed in some of the world’s top concert halls. A multi-award-winning musician, in 2012 he won a Grammy with his Harlem Quartet. He has performed and recorded with such renowned musicians as John Pattituci, Winton Marsalis and Chick Corea.
Aldo López-Gavilán is considered a virtuoso pianist with a long, fruitful career during which he has shared on stage with Cuba’s National Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory Youth Symphony, Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra, Sao Paulo Jazz+ Orchestra and the “Simón Bolívar” Youth Symphony of Venezuela, among others. He has recorded 13 albums, 5 of which have been nominated to Cubadisco Awards, including ‘El ocaso de la hormiga y el elefante,’ the winner of the coveted prize in 2000.
Cubadisco is the Cuban music industry annual awards festival, held every May. Last year it was cancelled due to the pandemic. This year’s 24th edition runs through May 23rd, on digital platforms and national television, with Spain as guest country of honor.