International Jazz Day

The All Star Group VOLCÁN featuring: Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Armando Gola

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  • Venue: Tbilisi Concert Hall
  • Location: Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Date: 30 April, 2016
  • Time: 20:00

Volcán, an all-star group featuring the prodigious talents of Jose Armando Gola, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Giovanni Hidalgo and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, is the product of years of friendship, respect and a diverse and rich musical heritage. With over 150 albums between them as leaders and side-men, these highly revered musicians have joined forces to our delight.
Why Volcán? The Volcáno incorporates the four elements of nature, Earth, Air, Wind and Fire. Looming large and at times ominously over otherwise unremarkable landscapes, the Volcáno reminds us of the goals we aspire to, the ensuing journey and the value of the climb to the summit.

Gonzalo Rubalcaba (Piano/Keyoboards)

May 27, 1963, Gonzalo Julio Gonzalez Fonseca was born in post-revolutionary Havana into a musical family rich in the traditions of the country’s artistic past. During his childhood, in addition to the standard fare of elementary schools, Gonzalo absorbed the Cuban musical heritage of his nascent environment through personal contacts within his family, notably his father, pianist Guillermo Rubalcaba and his two brothers (pianist and bassist) as well as from leading musicians who were frequent houseguests: Frank Emilio, Peruchin, Felipe Dulzaides and others. He also assimilated, through scarce and treasured recordings, the tunes and styles of 40’s – 70’s US jazz masters: Thelonius Monk, Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson among pianists; and instrumentalists Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Art Blakey. Gonzalo loved drumming and early in his career studied both piano and drums. Despite the diversity of his background, Gonzalo’s initial formal musical training was entirely classical. He began his training at Manuel Saumell Conservatory at age 9, where he finally chose the piano as his main instrument. He moved up to middle- school at AmadeoRoldan Conservatory and finally earned his degree in music composition from Havana’s Institute of Fine Arts in 1983.

Gonzalo RubalcabaPiano/
Horacio “El Negro”
Jose Armando