This spring sees the release of the new solo album by pianist Aruán Ortiz, a rising star from the jazz and improvised music scene of Brooklyn, New York. As a solo pianist he left his mark with his impressive album Cub(an)ism, released last year on Swiss quality label Intakt.
The Cuban-born musician incorporates different forms in his compositions, resulting in a unique new style. It reflects his fascination for modern classical music as well as Afro-Cuban traditions, and for great jazz innovators such as Ornette Coleman and Thelonious Monk.
‘Aruán Ortiz weaves multiple strands of tradition through his music, with an endgame of deep mystification. A creative force’ (New York Times).
‘Aruán Ortiz is a rising piano star with a sweeping contemporary technique – and the imagination and keyboard-power, fuelled by deep awareness of Cuba’s traditions, to be an enthralling one-man band too. On this solo set, Ortiz fuses hard-driving hooks, harp-like effects, thudding drum sounds and lyrical reflections on dissonance and intervals, uniting all of it with a creativity of pacing that constantly grips the attention’ (The Guardian, ****).