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It must be satisfying to have DownBeat magazine praise your work, and that’s just what happened to this pianist in 2015. And now, David Virelles will be performing in JAZZMADRID for the first time. This Cuban musician grew up in a home where everything worked in his favour. He began studying music at the age of 7, while at home he was able to enjoy the traditional music of his country and that of jazz musicians such as Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk or Andrew Hill.
Virelles, the first person to win the Oscar Peterson award, has an impeccable curriculum to his name. This can be seen by the fact that he has had the privilege of accompanying such personalities as Wadada Leo Smith, Tomasz Stanko, Ravi Coltrane, Steve Coleman, Sam Rivers, Andrew Cyrille, Chucho Valdés, Paul Motian or Henry Threadgill, among many others.
His album “Continuum”, 2012, was selected by the New York Times as one of the best of the year, and “Mbòkó”, 2014, performed equally well, although in this case we need to add the Village Voice and the aforementioned DownBeat Magazine. In one of his most recent albums, “Gnosis”, 2016, he performed solo on the piano, but the album that has to date generated the greatest expectation among fans and the media alike is “Igbó Alákorin (The Singer’s Grove) Vol I & II”, from 2018.