ACCLAIMED CUBAN PIANIST & COMPOSER ROBERTO FONSECA SETS U.S. TOUR DATES

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ALBUM YESUN OUT NOW VIA MACK AVENUE RECORDS

“the most exciting pianist in Cuba” —The Guardian

“makes all possibilities seem possible, and the moment feel perfect, intensely true” –The New York Times

GRAMMY®-nominated Cuban pianist, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and bandleader Roberto Fonseca is set to tour North America this spring, making stops in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, DC, Boston, Berkeley and Santa Cruz. See below for a complete list of tour dates.

The tour comes in celebration of Fonseca’s new album, Yesun, out now via Mack Avenue Records to critical acclaim from NPR’s “Weekend Edition” and Alt.Latino, PRI’s “The World,” Downbeat, Jazziz, KCRW, WBGO, Afropop Worldwide and many more:

“[Album track ‘Cadenas’] has lots of contemporary references and feelings. And we can call it jazz, but it’s so much more.” –NPR "Weekend Edition"

“[Fonseca] has established himself among the young vanguard of musicians expanding our notions of Cuban music…Yesun is a combination of acoustic and electric expression of Cuban music, featuring jazz sensibilities that help his music stand apart. From beginning to end, Yesun is a major statement on the state of Cuban music from Roberto Fonseca.” –NPR Alt.Latino

“A tight-knit trio set that traverses the pianist’s mastery of Afro-Cuban rhythms, as well as modern classical and even reggaeton.” –The Guardian

“When it comes to 21st-century Afro-Cuban jazz, Roberto Fonseca is one of the music’s brightest lights…for those looking for a contemporary mosaic of Cuba’s jazz scene, Yesun mesmerizes.” –Downbeat

“One of the leading voices in Cuban music. Technical prowess for days, whatever genre he decides to sit down and put his attention to—Cuban, straight ahead, whatever—turns out to be phenomenal… [Fonseca is] a key figure of the global renaissance of Cuban music.” –Jazziz

“formidable ★★★★” –Mojo

“Yesun is a supremely assured statement that takes the Afro-Cuban stamp on modern jazz as a matter of settled fact.” –88.3 FM WBGO.org

“[Yesun is] a bold extension of [Fonseca’s] work in Cuban music, with particular attention to its African roots.”
–Afropop Worldwide

Yesun peaked at #1 on the NACC Latin Chart upon its release and is available to purchase and stream HERE.

Combining jazz sensibility and deep roots in the Afro-Cuban tradition, Yesun is the Havana-born artist’s ninth solo album. The record delves into the music of Fonseca’s homeland of Cuba while keeping its sights set firmly on the future, weaving in electronic beats, spoken word, retro-modern keyboards, Fonseca’s vocals and more.

Yesun is the album I’ve always wanted to make,” says Fonseca of a record that combines everything from jazz and classical music to rap, funk, reggaeton and electronic music. “All my influences are here. All the sounds and vibes that make me who I am.”

JazzTimes recently premiered the album track “Aggua” alongside a music video directed by Joseph Ros. Watch/share HERE.

“This tune felt very natural to write,” says Fonseca of “Aggua,” on which he plays grand piano, analog keyboards and percussion, as well as contributing bossa-nova style vocals. “I wanted to represent my Cuban roots with a tumbao”—the core rhythm that nourishes salsa, mambo and Latin jazz—“and I wanted to shake up some stuff.”

Yesun is a trio album whose 13 original tracks are bolstered by Fonseca’s regular bandmates, drummer Raúl Herrera and longtime double bassist Yandy Martínez Rodriguez. Guests include Grammy-winning American saxophonist Joe Lovano, lauded French-Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf, Grammy-nominated Cuban rapper/singer Danay Suárez, famed Cuban bolero diva Mercedes Cortés and a capella group Gema 4.

Yesun follows 2016’s ABUC, praised for its “incandescent Cuban contrasts” by The Guardian. That same year, Fonseca served as Artistic Director of the inaugural Jazz Plaza Festival in Santiago de Cuba. Most recently, he received the prestigious Ordre des Arts Letters (Order of Arts and Letters) from the French Ministry of Culture.

For more information, please contact Joe Cohen or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.

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ROBERTO FONSECA, YESUN
1. La Llamada (feat. Gema 4)
2. Kachucha (feat. Ibrahim Maalouf)
3. Cadenas (feat. Danay Suárez)
4. Por Ti
5. Aggua
6. Motown
7. Stone of Hope
8. Vivo (feat. Joe Lovano)
9. OO
10. Mambo pa la Niña (feat. Gema 4)
11. Ocha
12. No Soy de Esos
13. Clave

ROBERTO FONSECA LIVE
March 3 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Blue Whale
March 4 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Blue Whale
March 5 /// Santa Cruz, CA /// Kuumbwa Jazz Center
March 7 /// Berkeley, CA /// Freight & Salvage
March 8 /// Chicago, IL /// Armitage Hall
March 10 /// Washington, DC /// The Hamilton
March 11 /// Boston, MA /// City Winery
March 14 /// New York, NY /// Joe’s Pub