Aruán Ortiz is a critically acclaimed Cuban pianist, award-winning composer, and a solid producer and educator, not only on the New York City scene, but internationally as well.
Named “the latest Cuban wunderkind to arrive in the United States” by BET Jazz, this classically trained violist and pianist from Santiago de Cuba, considers himself “a curious person who loves music”, and portrays his music as an architectural structure of sounds, incorporating contemporary classical music, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and improvisation as primary material for his compositions. He has received a number of awards such as Latin Jazz Corner’s Arranger of the Year (2011) for his contribution on the album, “El Cumbanchero” (Jazzheads 2011) by flutist Mark Weinstein; Best Jazz Interpretation, Festival de Jazz in Vic, Spain (2000); and Semifinalist, Jas Hennessy Piano Solo Competition, Montreux, Switzerland (2001).
'BANNED IN LONDON' was recently selected by Downbeat Magazine as one of the best albums of the year (2013) with 4.5 stars and one of the Best Albums of 2012 (Critics' List) by London Jazz and The Jazz Breakfast!
Mar 14-22, Don Byron Quartet European Tour:
Mar 14: Saalfelden/Austria
Mar 15: Lienz/Austria
Mar 16: Mestre/Italy
Mar 17: Bolzano/Italy
Mar 20: Stockholm/Sweden, club
Mar 21: Bergen/Norway
Mar 22: Voss/Norway
Mar 31: Aruán Ortiz Quartet at Jazz at Lincoln Center
ARUÁN ORTIZ QUARTET AT THE LISINSKI CONCERT HALL, ZAGREB, CROATIA, OCTOBER 22, 2013: