image003 (1)In the span of less than fifteen years and numerous solo and collaborative recordings, Cuban-born pianist and composer Roberto Fonseca has established himself as one of the most innovative and charismatic musicians of his generation by blending the diverse sounds of Latin and American jazz, Afro-pop, hip-hop, soul and numerous other shades of music from all corners of the world.

Touring with the Buena Vista Social Club™, the legendary GRAMMY® Award-winning Cuban collective, proved a fertile training ground for Fonseca’s early career. In the years since, thanks to an innovative artistic sense that has never shied. away from eclecticism and multiculturalism, Fonseca and his music have become the bridge between the traditional sounds and the new voice of Cuban music.

His latest album, Yo – which translates to “I” or “me” in his native Spanish – is Fonseca’s most daring recording to date. Recorded in a single week in Paris, Yo is a finely crafted blend of traditional acoustic instruments with elements of cutting-edge electronica – a mesmerizing musical alchemy that pays homage to Cuba’s African roots while at the same time updating the country’s rich musical lineage. Released August 27, 2013 on Concord Jazz, Yo was nominated for a GRAMMY® Award in the category of Best Latin Jazz Album.

“This album unveils the beginning of a new phase more than the closure of an old one,” explains Fonseca.  “On Yo, I want to delve deep into my roots in light of my experiences and show the diversity of my musical universe, all these ideas which I had put aside, unable to use until now.”

Fonseca’s live shows have been capturing audiences worldwide for more than a decade. When he hits the road in this fall, he will be accompanied by bassist Yandy Martinez and drummer Ramsés Rodriguez.



TUE 21 Minneapolis, MN Dakotas Bar Club
WED 22 Chicago, IL Mayne Stage
THU 23 Santa Cruz, CA Kumbawa Jazz Center
FRI 24 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theater
SUN 26 San Francisco, CA Miner Auditorium
TUE 28 Washington, DC Blues Alley
WED 29 New York, NY The Highline Ballroom
THU 30 Cambridge, MA Regattabar
SAT 1 Miami, FL Olympia Theater at Gusman Center/ Miami Nice Jazz Festival