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Five Questions for Harold López-Nussa

Cuban pianist’s brief debut U.S. tour ends Friday in Cambridge

Harold López-Nussa
Harold López-Nussa

The young Cuban piano virtuoso Harold López-Nussa first came to the attention of many U.S. jazz buffs a couple of years ago via #Ninety Miles#, the cross-cultural collaborative project spearheaded by Stefon Harris, David Sánchez and Christian Scott. But López-Nussa has been gaining recognition internationally for a while now elsewhere, having won the Solo Piano Contest at the 2005 Montreux Jazz Festival, toured widely in Europe and performed twice at the Montreal Jazz Festival (where he’ll make a third appearance on July 1). Now the 29-year-old is finally embarking on his first tour of the U.S., as a duo with his drummer/vibraphonist/percussionist younger brother, Ruy Adrian López-Nussa. We caught up with the pianist as he began the east-coast leg of their five-stop trip, which concludes Friday at the Regattabar in Cambridge, Mass.

How has the tour been going thus far? Are you happy with the reception you’ve been getting in the U.S.?

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