Nachito Herrera

 

About

Nachito Herrera is one of the world’s great Cuban pianists. He blends jaw-dropping technique and rich,
powerful soulfulness in an amazing display of musical power and emotion. Herrera received a nod from the
state of Minnesota in 2014 when he was named an Immigrant of Distinction, and an American Heritage
Award from the American Immigration Council, one of three musicians in 2012 (along with Australian Tommy
Emmanuel and South Korean Yura Lee) to receive this prestigious prize.


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Areas of Representation: Worldwide

Biography

Nachito Herrera is one of the world’s great Cuban pianists. He blends jaw-dropping technique and rich,
powerful soulfulness in an amazing display of musical power and emotion. Herrera received a nod from the
state of Minnesota in 2014 when he was named an Immigrant of Distinction, and an American Heritage
Award from the American Immigration Council, one of three musicians in 2012 (along with Australian Tommy
Emmanuel and South Korean Yura Lee) to receive this prestigious prize. (The last Latin musician to receive
the honor was Carlos Santana.)

Although he has been residing in Minnesota for the past few years, his renown is growing. He has played
multiple times at the preeminent piano festival in North America, the Gilmore Festival. In 2011 Herrera was
part of a 40-city tour of American performing arts centers and theaters as the pianist in the Afro-Cuban All
Stars.

Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera’s talent was recognized early on; he performed Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.
2 with the Havana Symphony Orchestra at age 12. Herrera revisited that experience in October and
November of 2012, appearing again with the Havana Symphony and playing Rachmaninov while on a tour of
the US.

Combining Western Classical music with traditional Cuban rhythms, Herrera has been at the forefront of an
exciting renaissance in Cuban music. While in his twenties, Herrera took the job of Musical Director at the famous “Tropicana” nightclub in Cuba, playing every night and deepening his repertoire. He spent the late
1990s touring with ¡Cubanismo!, serving as lead pianist, arranger, and musical director as they toured the
world.

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Videos

News

  • Paul Krugman; DakhaBrakha in Kiev

    Friday Night Music: Dakhabrakha in Kyiv

    New York Times
    September 15, 2017 12:22 pm

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    For those who haven’t seen previous clips, no, they aren’t doing ...

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  • Russia’s riot grrrl activists, Pussy Riot, bringing their psych rock theater production, “REVOLUTION” to SXSW and West Coast.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2/24/2017
    Russia’s riot grrrl activists, Pussy Riot, reveal a 9 date West Coast warm-up tour around the SXSW premiere of their psych rock theater production, “REVOLUTION.”
    Based on the original novel by Maria Alyokhina, this show tells the story of everyday women gathering to resist the fascist regime of President Vladimir Putin. From their ...

  • Gisele João Headlines First NY Fado Festival Gisele João, Portugal’s most widely acclaimed fado singer to emerge in this decade, headlined the NY Fado Festival this past weekend at the Schimmel Center. Jon Pareles of the NY Times had this to say:
    “From her first song, “Madrugada sem Sono” (“Dawn Without Sleep”), Ms. João summoned a full spectrum of fado’s tempestuous passions, from ...

Press

“Hotter than the burning tip of a contraband Cuban cigar. Stronger than a straight shot of Havana rum. As
exciting as a World Series game, with ‘El Duque’ on the mound. Explosive. Crowd pleasing. Rhythmically
intense. Romantic. Dynamic. Jaw-droppingly good.” – Tom Surrowicz, Minneapolis Star-Tribune


“With unbridled freedom, he jams with potent montunos and high-energy timba to solos that can melt snow off
the sidewalk.” – Jesse Varela, Latin Beat Magazine


“Herrera’s powerful leadership keeps the audience’s attention during the fury of pounding montunos and
cascading lines.” – Live At The Dakota II Music – Jazz Times

Downloads/Media

Technical Riders:

Nachito Herrera Rider 2018: Coming Soon (pdf)


 

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