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Thursday October 23, 2014

From Falls Church News-Press

Press Pass: Roberto Fonseca
By Drew Costley

Robert Fonseca (Photo: Carlos Pericas)
Latin jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca was surrounded by music from an early age. His father was a drummer, his mother is a professional singer and his two older brothers are also musicians who are internationally known.

Fonseca, who has been playing the piano since he was eight years old, studied classical music at the prestigious Instituto Superior de Arte in his native Cuba. But his classically-trained, technically-sound musical background doesn’t really matter to him when he’s playing live. “The point for me is not to try to show the skills. I mean, all musicians have skills,” Fonseca said.

“But that doesn’t matter – how much skill you have…I went to the classical music school in Cuba and there I was playing all those classical composers and that was the time that I showed my skill. Now is the time to make mistakes and enjoy jamming with the musicians, jamming with the people. That’s very important. We’re kind of losing that today.”

While speaking with the News-Press, Fonseca was in his hotel room in Chicago ahead of his Wednesday night show at Mayne Stage. It was the first date of his eight-city tour of the United States. He’ll be playing at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 8 and 10 p.m.

“I’m really excited. It’s really important for musicians to come to American to play,” Fonseca said.

“Latin jazz is difficult to reach people today because there are many different styles of music that people want to go to. But I’m really excited, really happy to play here because I was dreaming of coming here with my own band and my own music…it’s a dream come true.”

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