By Roza Grigoryan
Photos by Armen Simonyan
Grammy Laureate Gonzalo Rubalcaba Performed in Armenia
Gonzalo Rubalcaba, a Cuban pianist, four-time Grammy laureate, performed at the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall on April 30, on the International Jazz Day. This time he came to our country with his trio musicians, Matthew Brewer and drummer Eric Harland. The concert was organized by "Armenian Association of Jazz" and "Mezzo Production".

Gonzalo Rubalcoba is considered one of the most prominent and famous figures of jazz. Born in a family of musicians, the future pianist and composer began his first steps in the music at the age of six, playing drums. During his professional career Rubalcaba collaborated with such jazzmen as Desy Gilper, Chucha Valdes, Charlie Heiden and others. Herbie Hancock, the goddess of jazz, described him as the best pianist of the century. Rubalkoba has released about 25 CDs, two of which "Nocturne" (2001) and "Land of the sun" (2004), were awarded the Grammy Award.

Erik Harland, a Grammy nominee, is a representative of the famous Zildjian brand, accompanied by a number of international artists. He is considered one of the most demanded drummers of the 21st century and has been featured in more than 260 records.

Matthew was surrounded by music at an early age. His father and grandfather are also from the music scene. Matthew has collaborated with such artists as Greg Osborne, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Li Coniquette, David Sanchez and others.

By the way, this was not the first visit of Gonzalo Rubalcaba to Yerevan - he had already been in our country. Before the concert had managed to meet Mayor Hayk Marutyan, who on April 30 hosted the Armenian jazz masters. During the meeting with the mayor, the musician noted that a concert in the capital of Armenia is a great responsibility, as the Armenian jazz has wonderful traditions and excellent audience.

Rubalcaba presented his original songs and improvisations at his Armenian concert. After the concert at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall, Rubalcaba went to Cascade, joining the Armenian jazzmen and presenting original performances to the participants of the open-air concert dedicated to the Jazz International Day.