Nachito Herrera, Pianist
Eglise Guitérrez, Soprano
Opera, jazz and Cuban music come together in Operafusion!
Having performed in the best venues in their own categories (from NY’s Blue Note to Covent Garden and from the Montreal Festival to the Deutsche Opera Berlin), two of the best-known international Cuban artists, Herrera and Gutiérrez will combine forces and perform together for the first time in a beautiful program that will mix classic operatic repertoire with Cuban rhythms and jazz improvisations. Not to be missed!
Nachito Herrera has stunned Cuban audiences at the age of twelve, performing “Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2” with the Havana Symphony Orchestra. In the late 1990’s, Nachito joined the famed ¡Cubanismo! as its lead pianist, arranger, and musical director, playing many of the worlds finest concert halls and prestigious festivals. “Explosive. Crowd Pleasing. Rhythmically intense. Romantic. Dynamic. Jaw-droppingly good” is how the Minneapolis Star-Tribune described Herrera’s musicianship, a talent which, according to jazz critic and Playboy Guide To Jazz author Neil Tesser, “…vaults him into the upper echelon – a trinity comprising Chucho Valdes, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and now Nachito Herrera”. Following a Winter 2009 tour as a member of The Afro Cuban All Stars, Nachito will embark on extensive worldwide touring on his own.