Greetings and Happy Holidays! …..We hope this message finds you in good health and good spirits , ready to enjoy the new year....
We feel blessed to have experienced many wonderful things this year....
For starters, I am very humbled to say that I am now an "Artist in Residence" at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. I am eager to share my experiences with the tremendous young talent at this vibrant institution in the heart of Coral Gables. Many thanks to Shelly Berg and his crew.
Yosvany Terry's album entitled " New Throned King" was nominated for a Grammy! Congratulations Yos!
I am extremely pleased to announce that we have released Ignacio Berroa's new album "Heritage and Passion". featuring 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. You can listen to it here.
Jose Armando Gola's album entitled "Gola Elektrik" was also released this year on 5Passion records. This album features an army of talent. It's playing in it's entirety on Gola's Page. Please check it out.
"Faith-Live" , a solo piano concert recorded in South Florida a while back was also released this year.
5Passion is offering HD Audio 96K/24Bit Wav files for download. Check it out here and download the free sample.
"Caminos" has been mastered and should drop any week now. 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, Will Vinson and as a very special guest on one selection….none other than Mr. John McLaughlin.
We are anticipating the release of Seamus Blake's album for 5Passion. Check out the info here.
We are presently mixing a tribute album to my dear friend Charlie Haden who passed away in 2014. It should be available early 2015. Check out the links below. We will miss him dearly.
Will Vinson will be recording an album for 5Passion this coming spring. We are very pleased...
"Volcan" is entering the planning stages for Volcan II , and is planning to record in 2015. Volcan will take to the road this summer.
I continue to work on a trilogy of musical pieces entitled "Pasos". The first movement of the eventual trilogy was completed late 2013 and performed 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 14 to 15 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.
A year or so ago I 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. Check out the fabulous video below.
A video entitled " The Making of XXI Century" will soon be available on Blu-ray in high definition.
I played some of my music with the Metropole Orkest in Germany as part of Bremen MusikFest Goes Overseas, and that was a gas. I hope that this is the start of a long relationship with the Metropole Orkest . Dankjewel !!!
We would like to thank Mayo Garcia, Allan Tucker, Jim Anderson for their artistry in editing recording and mastering our albums.
We, in co-operation with Around Jazz, have the honor of announcing that in 2015, we will have the pleasure of working with Palast Promotion. Under the direction of Michael Stein and his assistance Sophia Kordt, Palast Promotion will handle booking for Gonzalo Rubalcaba projects. Please anticipate communication from Michael and Sophia as we move forward .
For further details check out my blog at http://www.g-rubalcaba.com/blog/ and 5passion.com
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!