Grammy Award-winner Oriente Lopez was born in 1962, in Havana, Cuba. As soon as he could reach the piano he began playing by ear and is self-taught on that instrument. In 1969 he began studying violin and two years later moved to flute as his primary instrument. Since his early years, Lopez experienced a growing interest in jazz and popular music. He also received 15 years of classical training at various institutions in Havana.
In 1983, Lopez joined the legendary band Afrocuba. He was with the band for seven years, recording Dile Que Vuelvo (1981), Eclipse De Sol (1987), and Sobrevolando (1988). Afrocuba shared the stage for five years with Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez and also produced two double albums, Causas y Azares (1986) and Oh, Melancolía (1988).
In 1993 Lopez moved to the New York area. He has worked as a pianist, flautist, musical director, composer, arranger, and producer. Throughout the years he has distinguished himself as a composer and has been especially prolific as an arranger. His collaborations include works with Regina Carter, Paul Simon, Paquito D’Rivera, Ralph Irizarry and Timbalaye, Patato, Fito Paez, Mauricio Zottarelli, Charlie Haden, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, among others.
Now, Lopez performs his music with various-sized ensembles. His compositions and arrangements continue to be recorded and performed by many artists around the globe.
Opening will be Francisco Ruiz and the Afrocuba Tribute Band. Ecuadorian singer/arranger Francisco Ruiz presents a tribute to Afrocuba.
Afrocuba Tribute Band
Lead Vocals - Francisco Ruiz, Quito, Ecuador
Vocals - Nichole Calderon, Toa Baja, Puerto Rico
Vocals - Andrés P. Rosario, Carolina, Puerto Rico
Piano - Issac Delgado Jr, Havana, Cuba
Bass - Santiago Herrera, Riobamba, Ecuador
Drums - Marcos Lopez, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Congas - Manuel Lara, Valencia, Venezuela
Timbales - Alí Alvarez, Havana, Cuba
Guitar - Italo Cunha, Brasília, Brazil
Flute - Enrique “Kalani” Trinidad, Carolina, Puerto Rico
Trumpet - Paul Sanchez, Quito, Ecuador
Trumpet - Tomer Ron, Tel Aviv, Israel
Tenor Saxophone- Edmar Colon, Coamo, Puerto Rico
Trombone - Fernando “Nanddy” Lopez, Puerto Rico
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