Aruán Ortiz Trio Vol.1
“This album is the beginning of a search for a truth which in its essence can give us freedom, energy, and above all a consciousness that in order to transmit the magic of music we must love, believe, and grow with what we do.”
The recent formation of the Aruán Ortiz Trio brings together three talented and worldly musicians in a project conceived many years ago by its leader. The jazz trio is a reunion of pianist Aruán Ortiz and Francisco Mela, natives of southeastern Cuba, and fellow former Berklee student Peter Slavov of Bulgaria, creating a union as faithful to their world jazz roots as to their bebop influences. Thelonius Monk, Andrew Hill, Herbie Hancock, Paul Chambers and Roy Haynes are among the most prevalent influences and are present in the fresh and attractive sound of their debut album, Aruán Ortiz Trio, Vol. 1.
Arriving in Boston, Massachusetts in 2002, Aruán reunited with Francisco Mela. And the magic began experimenting; using their jazz training, they searched for a new sound that would fuse the conga from Santiago de Cuba—a strong festive rhythm played by more than 80 percussionists at the
same time—with the lyricism of the Cuban forms serenata and the trova, a musical movement lead by the Trio Matamoros at the beginning of the 20th century. At the same time they had the fortune to meet Peter Slavov, and the three jammed for the first time at the Wonder Bar in Boston, in 2002.
Peter, who was born in Bulgaria, contributes an exceptionally strong jazz timing to the trio, allowing a rhythmic, melodic and harmonic freedom between the piano and drums.
The threesome began to play regularly at the legendary Wally’s Jazz Café in Boston in October 2003 with other important local musicians such as Darren Barrett, Walter Smith III, and Warren Wolf, experimenting with Aruán ́s original compositions in hard-bop sessions and Latin Jazz Night, and inspiring ovations such as never heard at the club. The trio would then record their first album, Aruán Ortiz Trio, Vol. 1, at WGBH Studio 1
released by the Spanish label, Ayva Música® in February 2004.