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Roberto Fonseca UK Tour | From 24th March till 1st April 2012

Feb 28th, 2012 | By | Category: Latest News

Roberto FonsecaThis Buena Vista Social Club prodigy and Havana Cultura star has grabbed Cuban music by the horns and drawn it, hot, stylish and sultry, into the 21st century. Roberto Fonseca’s new album, YO, is out this Spring and looks back to his Caribbean roots while striking forwards with red-hot grooves, electronic beats and sensuous lyricism that effortlessly updates Cuba’s musical lineage.

Fonseca hits the road as the album is about to be released with a seven-date UK tour starting on Fri 23 Mar. The tour line-up features Fonseca on piano and keyboards, Baba Sissoko on African percussion, Joel Hierrezuelo on Cuban percussion, Ramsés Rodríguez on drums, Yandy Martínez on bass, Jorge Chicoy on guitar, Javier Zalba on sax, flute and clarinet and Sekou Kouyate on kora. This group is the sound of things to come in Afro-Cuban music, and with Roberto Fonseca at the helm, it is sure to be one of the live shows to catch in 2012.

Opening for Roberto on this Black Routes tour is Ayanna, the first non-American to win the legendary Amateur Night Live at the Harlem Apollo, whose beguiling vocals skip and swing over intimate, honey-sweet cello. Her music was recently celebrated in an evening devoted to her work at the Kings Place Festival in London, and last year she was commissioned to write a new piece for the Bath Festival, following residencies at Wigmore Hall and Buy Levitra Aldeburgh. She’s just finished a UK tour with Natty and recording in New York with Kronos Quartet, which neatly captures her full range.

Sat 24 Mar MANCHESTER RNCM 7.30pm www.rncm.ac.uk
(0161 907 5555) – Tickets £15, £17.50 + bkg

Mon 26 Mar LONDON Barbican 7.30pm www.barbican.org.uk
(020 7638 8891) – Tickets £10 – £25 + bkg

Wed 28 Mar YORK Theatre Royal 7.30pm www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
(01904 623568) – Tickets £15 + bkg

Thu 29 Mar BRIGHTON Dome 7.30pm www.brightondome.org
(01273 709709) – Tickets £15, £17.50 + bkg

Fri 30 Mar BRISTOL St George’s 8pm www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk
(0845 40 24 001) – Tickets £21 + bkg

Sun 1 Apr BIRMINGHAM Town Hall 7.30pm www.thsh.co.uk
(0121 780 3333) – Tickets £15, £17.50 + bkg

A fabulously gifted pianist, composer and band leader … one of a new breed who can transcend musical boundaries through sheer quality.Guardian

A genre-busting tour de force … the lyricism of his playing recalls Herbie Hancock but he can animate the courtly dramas of Cuban tradition.Observer

Absolutely, wonderfully gripping.Arts Desk

His piano playing is muscular and quicksilver, percussively rhythmic and floating melodic.Evening Standard

It’s a heartbeat for contemporary Afro-Cuban life.Times

Thrilling energy.Uncut

An elegant line and an unhurried feel for time and space. Fonseca is a star.Independent

Sensuous, fresh, modern – Roberto Fonseca brings the piano dazzlingly to life.Daily Telegraph

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