Greetings and Happy Holidays to you all…..We hope this message finds you in good health and good spirits....
It's hard to believe that we are at the end of yet another year in our adventure here on this good earth.
I am extremely pleased to announce that we completed tracking Ignacio Berroa's new album "Heritage and Passion". Some amazing talent including the likes of Luis Perdomo, Adam Rogers, Mark Shim,, Ricky Rodriguez, Boris Koslov , Mauricio Herrea. The sessions were expertly recorded by Jim Anderson at Avatar Studios.
As reported earlier, I continue to work on a trilogy of musical pieces entitled "Pasos". The first movement of the eventual trilogy was completed late last year and performed in December at Carnegie Hall. The 8-part manuscript of this installment is available for free download here. I am nearing completion of part 2.
For the last 3 or 4 months I have been "recomposing" an orchestral piece I wrote back in 1987 as my thesis in connection with my licensure in composition entitled "Embele Iruke" and I am extremely excited about the prospects of recording and performing this work in the near future. This piece could be considered a classical work, but will include elements of many movements, Cuban Folkloric music and rhythms combined with European Classical and Jazz sensibilities.
I had the pleasure of playing a concert with Anna Marii Jopek in Poland, where we were presented a gold album for the album "Polanna". I feel honored and blessed to have been asked to record and perform with Anna and my old friend Gil Goldstein and the wonderful group of exceptional musicians and people that were part of the project. I was treated with love and the utmost respect for which I am grateful.
I have also had the pleasure of playing at Jazzdor Festival with Armando Gola and Ernesto Simpson as well as several dates with the one and only Mr. Al Di Meola.
Volcan has begun touring the world. We have toured South America and Europe a bit and we are on our way to Japan, Russia, and other destinations this coming year. We are thankful for the response and excitement we are feeling everywhere we play. We expect to play at several jazz festivals in the States, including The San Francisco Jazz Festival.
Meanwhile, have begun our preparations for recording the second Volcan album in the next few months at 5Passion Studio in South Florida. We are happy to report that the first Volcan album was well received by critics and fans alike and is available for purchase here. You can hear snippets of the music here and you can listen to snippets of all 5Passion releases to date here.
We are expecting the arrival of Jose Armando Gola's "Electric Gola" and Yosvany Terry's "Ye-de-gbe" shortly. Yosvany's disc has been mastered and is in the artwork/packaging phase, while Jose's disc is in the editing phase….These offerings will be very interesting releases....
A video entitled " The Making of XXI Century" will soon be available on Blu-ray in high definition.
I continue to work on my next solo disc entitled "Caminos" . We are completing vocal and percussion overdubs in December and plan to finish editing and begin mixing in late December. I am very happy with the results, and once again we are blessed by the presence of many superb talents including Ernesto Simpson, Matt Brewer, Seamus Blake, Alex Sipiagin, Pedrito Martinez , Adam Rogers and as a very special guest on one selection….none other than Mr. John McLaughlin.
For further details check out my blog at http://www.g-rubalcaba.com/blog/
Lot’s of other great things developing, all for which I’m humbled and thankful.
As always, thank you for your support.
Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Gary Galimidi and the 5Passion family!