Havana-based composer and pianist Harold López-Nussa is a musician whose musical voice is now being heard around the world. El Viaje (The Journey), López-Nussa’s international debut, visits many genres of music and travels smoothly between classical, native and jazz inspirations. The album reached No. 1 on iTunes Jazz Chart and No. 2 on Amazon’s Jazz Chart. It features The Harold López-Nussa Trio with younger brother Ruy López-Nussa on drums and percussion, himself a star in the distinguished López-Nussa Family of renowned Cuban musicians. A conservatory-trained pianist, Harold López-Nussa is the first Cuba-based musician to release an album internationally since the lifting of many of the restrictions associated with the longstanding trade embargo.
López-Nussa’s most recent release, Un Día Cualquiera is a forceful statement from a Cuban musician leading his tight-knit Cuban band, recorded in the U.S. (at WGBH Studios in Boston, Mass.), and influenced by music from both countries in ways that transcend narrow notions of “Latin jazz.” The album nods to classic Cuban composers and musicians but it focuses mostly on pianist Harold López-Nussa’s original compositions and his distinctive trio concept.