Catch Cuban pianist David Virelles ft. Román Díaz & Ago Lona at Zinc Thursday, July 26.

DANGEROUS RHYTHMS: Q&A with David Virelles

Chucho Valdes, the legendary, 76-year-old Cuban pianist whose late father, Bebo, was one of the architects of Latin Jazz, has referred to the young musician David Virelles as a "genius." For the 35-year-old Virelles, with a long career still ahead of him, this is a formidable compliment to live up to. Still, few jazz aficionados would argue with Chucho's assessment. Since arriving in NYC in 2009, through a handful of records and live performance, Virelles has established himself as the new face of Latin Jazz in the 21st Century. His music is challenging, virtuosic and boldly original. The highly sought-after performer chooses his gigs sparingly, so the Dangerous Rhythms Latin Jazz Explosion is thrilled to be able to showcase this remarkably talented composer and pianist. T.J. English, curator, and host of the series, recently caught up with Virelles to ask some questions about, among other things, his upcoming show at Zinc.

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