Chucho Valdés: The Creation – World Premiere!

Friday, Nov 5, 2021 at 8:00 PM - English

In a world premiere production commissioned by the Arsht Center, the great Cuban pianist and composer JESUS "CHUCHO" VALDES presents La Creacion (The Creation), his new work for big band, Afro-Cuban percussion and vocals. A suite in four movements, La Creacion explores the story of creation according to the Regla de Ocha, the Afro-Cuban religion known as Santeria It is an extraordinary summation of an extraordinary career.

"This new work represents the accumulation of all my experiences and everything I've learned in music"; says Valdes, who will celebrate his 80th birthday in October. "This is a moment of full maturity, personally and musically, and I feel prepared to do this work." La Creacion represents a return to big-band sonorities for Valdes. The pieces include elements of Santeria ritual music, African music, the blues and what Valdes describes as "an atmosphere in the style of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew". "This work is very significant to me" Valdes says. "I think it's my masterpiece so far."


Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132 (Map)

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