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Harlem Quartet’s collaboration with Cuban pianist/composer Aldo López-Gavilán offers a joyously energetic concert experience. Thanks to the recent thaw in US/Cuba relations, this collaboration sees López-Gavilán reunited with his older brother Ilmar, who left Cuba at age 14 and went on to co-found Harlem Quartet. López-Gavilán and Harlem Quartet showcase scintillating chemistry in a broad variety of repertoire. Programs include American jazz standards, bossa nova classics, and, of course, several original compositions from López-Gavilán that take audiences on a journey through Cuba’s myriad musical traditions. López-Gavilán will compose a new piece for the collaboration ahead of the 2017-18 season.

Posted: Apr-11-2017
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Monday's concert of the Harlem Quartet with pianist-composer Aldo López-Gavilán was lively and engrossing, becoming stronger as it went along .... each of the Harlem players can solo and riff, with violist Jaime Amador's sophisticated and precise playing standing out .... [López-Gavilán] is a terrific composer, with range, imagination and technique ... Some of the dreamier portions [of his arrangements] had a decidedly French feel — Saint-Säens meets Legrand — and elsewhere the febrile Cuban rhythms were further refracted in surprising combinations, López-Gavilán's superb pianism rocking the house as well. 

— The Washington Post
Posted: Oct-18-2016
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Posted: Jan-31-2017