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David Virelles


by Rosie G.

October 22, 2023

Cuban jazz pianist David Virelles grew up with music being played at home. His father is a singer and songwriter and his mother is a symphony flutist. He discovered jazz from his grandfather’s record collection and decided he wanted to check it out. He is a jazz artist on the rise and critics have been paying attention. He moved to Canada in 2001 and is now residing here in New York since 2009.

He started playing the piano at age seven and is classically trained. When he moved to New York he immediately started playing with jazz heavy hitters like Ornette Coleman, Chris Potter, and Mark Turner. Since then he has had his own trio and made his debut in 2014 with his album Mbókò. David Virelles’s music mixes jazz with Afro-Cuban ritual music and that fusion along with using two basses and two drummers for basslines and rhythm. He has released several albums since then with Nuna in 2022 and he just released his new album Carta this past June. 

The album is on my jazz playlist and for you jazz lovers this is one you will love. He has been playing around NYC and I’m sure will tour for the new album. Support independent music and musicians worldwide. Happy listening!


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