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Music Program Lecture+Masterclass Series: Aruán Ortiz

The York College Music Program presents our 2019-20 Lecture+Masterclass Series, featuring pianist and composer Aruán Ortiz.
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  • When Oct 10, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM (America/New_York / UTC-400)
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Pianist Aruán Ortiz.

Aruán Ortiz

The 2019-20 Music Program Lecture+Masterclass Series presents pianist and composer Aruán Ortiz. Students from the music program will perform selections for Mr. Ortiz, who will also talk about his experiences as a jazz musician both in NYC and around the world.

Forty-two-year-old Cuban-born, Brooklyn-based pianist, violist, and composer Aruán Ortiz has written music for jazz ensembles, orchestras, dance companies, chamber groups, and feature films. His work incorporates influences from contemporary classical music, Cuban-Haitian rhythms, and avant-garde improvisation; and consistently strives to break stylistic musical boundaries. He has been called “the latest Cuban wunderkind to arrive in the United States” by BET Jazz and "one of the most versatile and exciting pianists of his generation" by Downbeat.

He has received numerous accolades such as the Doris Duke Impact Award (2014); Composers Now Creative Residency Award at Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (2014); the Jerome Foundation Travel & Study Grant (2013); Latin Jazz Corner’s Arranger of the Year (2011) for his contribution on the album, “El Cumbanchero” by flutist Mark Weinstein (Jazzheads, 2011); Fundación Autor, SGAE, and Generalitat de Catalunya Grant study grants (2002); Semifinalist, Jas Hennessy Piano Solo Competition, Montreux, Switzerland (2001); and Best Jazz Interpretation, Festival de Jazz in Vic, Spain (2000).

In 2009, Aruán's released "Alameda" (Fresh Sound New Talent), combining modern jazz, contemporary classical music, and Afro-Cuban rhythms. The album received four stars from the UK based magazine Jazzwise, and was named one of the top ten jazz CDs of the year in 2010. In response to his quartet's second album, "Orbiting" (Fresh Sound New Talent 2012), Downbeat Magazine called Aruán "one of the most versatile and exciting pianists of his generation." That year, 2012, was an intense one for Aruán. In addition to "Orbiting," he released three more EPs: "Banned in London" (Whirlwind Records), which received four and a half stars from Jazztimes; "Santiarican Blues Suite" (Sunnyside), which also received four and a half stars and was named one of the "best albums" that year by Downbeat Magazine; and "Textures and Pulsations" (Ictus). The New York Times noticed the prolific and intense work of Aruán, writing, "Keep an eye this year on Aruán Ortiz, ...who’s become a mark of quality on gigs and records, though you might miss half his work if you don’t listen broadly."