Roberto Fonseca, York Theatre Royal, March 28

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Friday March 23, 2012

From: The Press, York

Roberto Fonseca, York Theatre Royal, March 28

CUBAN pianist, composer and band leader Roberto Fonseca will play York Theatre Royal on Wednesday, direct from performing with his band at the Barbican in London and on the Sage stage at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival.

He will make no distinction between concerts, whatever the size of hall.

‘For me, there is no contrast, because a concert is not dependent on the venue. It’s dependent on the music,’ says Roberto, on the phone from a Paris hotel earlier this week.

‘It can be really huge or small, or it can be the most famous hall in the world, that doesn’t matter. The thing that’s more important is the spirit of the music. We try our best, even in the street.

‘The people who are there, wherever we’re playing, they just want to listen to the music, which is an international language.’

Roberto, who cut his teeth as a Buena Vista Social Club prodigy, now leads the new generation of Cuban musicians, and on his new album, Yo, he takes that status further as he brings together 15 singers and musicians from Algeria, Senegal and other African nations to create an Afro-Cuban sound.

The likes of Baba Sissoko, Sekou Kouyate, Fatoumata Diawara, Faudel Amil and Assane Mboup feature on a record that blends traditional acoustic instruments with electronica and Fonseca’s Latin jazz.

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