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Aldo López-Gavilán and the Harlem Quartet at the Kennedy Center

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. 

Robert Battey, The Washington Post

Conductor and orchestra provided glorious support for Cuban pianist Aldo López-Gavilán’s shimmering, exciting performance of George Gershwin’s grand Rhapsody in Blue ... A young man who captivates in both classical and jazz veins, Lopez-Gavilan captured both the rhythmic invention and the melodic inspiration the composer intended. Orchestra and soloist played as one — a radiant reading under the baton of a man who seemed to enjoy the work as much as we did. The guest artist provided a lagniappe with a dazzling encore, one of his own compositions, titled Oddudua.

L Pierce Carson, Napa Valley Register

A rare glimpse of Cuban pan-musicality is on view this weekend as the López-Gavilán brothers — pianist Aldo and violinist Ilmar, with the Harlem Quartet — make their West Coast debut in a program of jazz, classical and Afro-Cuban music for piano and string quartet.

Paul de Barros, The Seattle Times
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