Trance, the two-piano project featuring Chucho Valdés and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, brings together the leading living exponents of two generations in the great Cuban piano tradition.
As the title suggests, Trance is a collaboration that speaks of a profound connection to the spiritual forces that flow through the many tongues in music. But the title also alludes to the musical conversation between two brilliant players and composers whose friendship and mutual admiration and respect goes back decades.
Washington, D.C. is part of a larger Batalá family created in 1997 by Giba Gonçalves. Born and raised in Salvador, Bahia in Brazil, Giba was living in Paris when he first had the idea for the band. Open to anyone with an interest in learning the samba-reggae beat, the band started off with 60 people.
AMP Trio featuring Tahira Clayton is poised to reach new heights after being named the winner of the 2017 DCJazzPrix and earning an invitation to the 2018 DC Jazz Festival. Their most recent record, Three, was highlighted by a Japanese tour that included a cultural exchange workshop sponsored by the US Consulate of Sapporo.