“Conversations” is the newest project of Spanish violinist Pablo Rodríguez and Cuban pianist Humberto Ríos, which fuses jazz, Canarian & Cuban folklore, and the classical music of the early 20th-century Impressionist era. In these conversations, you will hear unique sounds, when the violin becomes a small guitar or a percussion instrument, and the piano is “played” from within! Without losing sight of the melodic simplicity, the music alternates between improvisation – marked by the subtlety of violin and piano – and moments of high voltage.
Pablo & Humberto met in 2015 at the conservatory of Codarts Rotterdam where they both studied classical and jazz music. They quickly discovered that there was plenty of chemistry between them and, since then, they have been collaborating very actively across many projects.
In December of 2017, they began the production of “Conversations” in which they explored the musical roots of their respective jazz & classical backgrounds, culminating in an exciting one-hour set of original compositions. Immediately afterwards, they had the pleasure of presenting this repertoire during their latest tour of Holland, Germany, Zaragoza, Valencia, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and La Palma.
The German newspaper Helmstedter Nachrichten defined the concert as “a real emotional spectacle” … “the classical training of the two musicians allowed them to move playfully through a wide spectrum of classical music, folklore, jazz and funk, and to shine with spontaneous improvisations. For example, Humberto Ríos, whom this year received the Leiden Jazz Award, played not only the keys but also the piano strings, while Pablo Rodríguez transformed his violin into a mandolin or a cajón”.
They are currently preparing their first debut album, to be released in 2019.
14 APRIL | Fenix Music Factory | Rotterdam
22 APRIL | Elmhaus | Schõningen, Germany
24 APRIL | Workshop, CSMA | Zaragoza
25 APRIL | Teatro Joaquín Roncal | Zaragoza, España
28 APRIL | Cafe Mercedes Jazz | Valencia, España
02 MAY | Workshop en Fabrica Isleta | Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
03 MAY | Gabinete Literario | Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
04 MAY | Bodega El Grifo (con Alexis Lemes) | Lanzarote, Canary Islands
05 MAY | El Paso | Tijarafe, La Palma, Canary Islands
06 MAY | Casa de la Cultura | Tazacorte, Canary Islands
07 MAY | Casa del Maestro | Tijarafe, La Palma, Canary Islands