Aruán Ortiz
Artist
A former classically trained violist and pianist, Aruán Ortiz was born in Santiago de Cuba in 1973, and began his studies at the age of 8 in his hometown. Continuing at the “Instituto Superior de Arte” in Havana, Cuba, he was marked by the influence of Bach, Mozart, Paganini and Lista among others. After receiving various awards as a violist (Amadeo Roldán award for Best Mozart interpretation, 1991, Best interpretation of Cuban Music, 1991) and playing as a soloist with the Santiago Symphony Orchestra in 1992 he gave up the viola at the age of 20 in favor of the piano, an instrument he had always preferred and with which he most identified in his search for new sounds. In 1995 he won Best Cuban composition at the Symposium of Cuban Music and he participated in La Isla de la Música (1996). This project assembled music from all over Cuba, was acclaimed by the international press, and was recognized as one of the first album to bring cuban music to the European and American mainstream. In the same year Aruán continued developing his sound and recorded his first album as a soloist, Impresión Tropical (Universal), a compilation of traditional Cuban music and original compositions played piano solo. During this period he was also awarded a series of scholarships to study classical piano with celebrated Cuban pianist and educator Cecilio Tieles at the Professional Conservatory in Vilaseca, Spain, and later jazz piano with Joanne Brackeen and Danilo Pérez at the Berklee College of Music. Influenced by jazz greats such as Bud Powell, Art Tatum, Thelonius Monk, and mentored by Horacio Fumero, Aruán’s jazz career took off as a sideman in Barcelona and Paris, playing with the greatest as Tata Güines, Felipe Cabrera, Flavio Boltro, Stephane Belmondo, among others. While in Europe he was the recipient of various awards including; Best Jazz Interpretation, Festival de Jazz in Vic, Spain (2000). He also participated in the recording of the definitive Miles Davis tribute record on Columbia Records with Vince Wilburn, Wallace Roney, Antoine Roney, Missy Elliot, and others.

Aruán Ortiz

A former classically trained violist and pianist, Aruán Ortiz was born in Santiago de Cuba in 1973, and began his studies at the age of 8 in his hometown. Continuing at the “Instituto Superior de Arte” in Havana, Cuba, he was marked by the influence of Bach, Mozart, Paganini and Lista among others. After receiving various awards as a violist (Amadeo Roldán award for Best Mozart interpretation, 1991, Best interpretation of Cuban Music, 1991) and playing as a soloist with the Santiago Symphony Orchestra in 1992 he gave up the viola at the age of 20 in favor of the piano, an instrument he had always preferred and with which he most identified in his search for new sounds.
In 1995 he won Best Cuban composition at the Symposium of Cuban Music and he participated in La Isla de la Música (1996). This project assembled music from all over Cuba, was acclaimed by the international press, and was recognized as one of the first album to bring cuban music to the European and American mainstream.
In the same year Aruán continued developing his sound and recorded his first album as a soloist, Impresión Tropical (Universal), a compilation of traditional Cuban music and original compositions played piano solo. During this period he was also awarded a series of scholarships to study classical piano with celebrated Cuban pianist and educator Cecilio Tieles at the Professional Conservatory in Vilaseca, Spain, and later jazz piano with Joanne Brackeen and Danilo Pérez at the Berklee College of Music.
Influenced by jazz greats such as Bud Powell, Art Tatum, Thelonius Monk, and mentored by Horacio Fumero, Aruán’s jazz career took off as a sideman in Barcelona and Paris, playing with the greatest as Tata Güines, Felipe Cabrera, Flavio Boltro, Stephane Belmondo, among others. While in Europe he was the recipient of various awards including; Best Jazz Interpretation, Festival de Jazz in Vic, Spain (2000).
He also participated in the recording of the definitive Miles Davis tribute record on Columbia Records with Vince Wilburn, Wallace Roney, Antoine Roney, Missy Elliot, and others..

Aruán Ortiz

Aruán Ortiz, experimentado violinista y pianista clásico, nació en Santiago de Cuba en 1973 y a los 8 años comenzó a estudiar en su ciudad natal. Continuó en el “Instituto Superior de Arte” de La Habana, Cuba, donde fue marcado por la influencia de Bach, Mozart, Paganini y Lista entre otros. Después de haber recibido varios reconocimientos como violinista (Premio Amadeo Roldán por Mejor Interpretación de Mozart, 1991 y Mejor Interpretación de Música Cubana,1991) y haber tocado como solista con la Orquesta Sinfónica de Santiago en 1992, renunció a la viola a sus 20 años para comenzar a tocar piano, instrumento que siempre prefirió y con el que más se identificaba en su búsqueda de nuevos sonidos.
En 1995 ganó en la categoría “Mejor Composición Cubana” del Simposio de Música Cubana y participó en La Isla de la Música en el año 1996. Este proyecto reunió música de todas partes de Cuba, fue aclamado por la prensa internacional y fue reconocido como uno de los primeros álbumes en traer la música cubana al mercado europeo y estadounidense.
En el mismo año continuó desarrollando su música y grabó su primer album como solista, Impresión Tropical (Universal), una compilación de música tradicional cubana y composiciones originales tocadas a piano solo. En este período se les fueron concedidas varias becas para estudiar piano con el celebrado pianista cubano y educador Cecilio Tieles, en el conservatorio profesional de Vilaseca, España, y luego jazz piano con Joanne Brackeen y Danilo Pérez en el Colegio Berklee de Música.
Influenciado por grandes jazzistas como Bud Powell, Art Tatum, Thelonius Monk y con Horacio Fumero como mentor, la carrera de jazz de Aruán despegó como acompañante en Barcelona y Paris, donde tocó con grandes como Tata Güines, Felipe Cabrera, Flavio Boltro, Stephane Belmondo, entre otros. Durante su tiempo en Europa recibió varios premios, incluyendo en 2002 “Mejor Interpretación de Jazz” en el festival de Jazz de Vic, España. También participó en la grabación del reconocimiento definitivo a Miles Davis por Columbia Records junto a Vince Wilburn, Wallace Roney, Antoine Roney, Missy Elliot, entre otros.

Albums

Aruán Ortiz Trio Vol.1

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“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.”

Aruán Ortiz

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.

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“Este álbum es el principio de la búsqueda de la verdad la cual en su esencia nos puede dar libertad, energía y sobre todo conciencia de que para transmitir la magia de la música tenemos que amar, creer y crecer con lo que hacemos.”

 – Aruán Ortiz

La reciente formación del trío de Aruán Ortiz junta a tres talentosos músicos de mucho mundo en un proyecto concebido por su líder hace muchos años.

El trío de jazz es la reunión del pianista Aruán Ortiz y Francisco Mala nativos del sudeste de Cuba, y el antiguo compañero en Berklee Peter Slavov de Bulgaria, creando una unión tan leal a sus raíces de jazz mundial como a sus influencias bepop. Thelonius Monk, Andrew Hill, Herbie Hancock, Paul Chambers y Roy Haynes se encuentran entre las influencias más frecuentes y están presentes en el sonido fresco y atractivo de su album debut, Aruán Ortiz Trio, Vol. 1.

Cuando llegó a Boston, Massachusetts en 2002, Aruán se reunió con Francisco Mela. Y comenzó la magia experimentando, usando su entrenamiento en el jazz buscaron un nuevo sonido que fusionara la Conga de Santiago de Cuba -un fuerte ritmo festivo tocado por más de 80 percusionistas al mismo tiempo- con el lirismo de los géneros cubanos serenata y trova, un movimiento musical liderado por el Trío Matamoros a principios del siglo 20. En ese tiempo tuvieron la fortuna de conocer a Peter Slavov, y los tres actuaron por primera vez en el Wonder Bar de Boston en 2002.

Peter, quien nació en Bulgaria, contribuye al trío con un ritmo de jazz excepcionalmente fuerte, permitiendo una libertad rítmica, melódica y armónica entre piano y batería.

El trío comenzó a tocar de forma regular en el legendario Wally’s Jazz Café de Boston en octubre de 2003 con otros importantes artistas locales como Darren Barrett, Walter Smith III, and Warren Wolf, experimentando en sesiones Hard-bop y Latin Jazz Nights con las composiciones originales de Aruán, inspirando ovaciones nunca antes oídas en el club. Luego, el trío grabó su primer álbum, Aruán Ortiz, Vol. 1, en el estudio 1 de WGBH.

lanzado por la disquera española Ayva Música® en febrero de 2004.

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