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 Rachmaninoff’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 Rachmaninoff 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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2018
Aug 12, 2018  
San Jose, CA USA Cafe Stritch
7:30PM  
Aug 9, 2018 Venue Info
Palo Alto, CA USA Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
8:00PM  
Apr 29, 2018 Venue Info
Palo Alto, CA USA Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
8:00PM  


Videos

News

  • DakhaBrakha featured on PRI’s “The World” Marco Werman and Allison Herrera recently discussed a DakhaBrakha concert at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis on their summer tour of the USA.

    “When you go to hear the Ukrainian band, DakhaBrakha, the first thing you notice is their outfits.

    The group’s three female vocalists, Iryna Kovalenko, Olena Tsybulska and Nina Garanetska, wear towering hats made of black lamb’s ...

  • Songlines Music Awards 2018 Nominees! Congratulations to two Riot Artists performers who have each been nominated in multiple categories for the Songlines Music Awards 2018!

    Oumou Sangaré: Best Artist; and Africa & Middle East
     

    Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: Best Group; and Europe
    We wish them luck in the awards ceremony in October!

  • Paul Krugman; DakhaBrakha in Kiev

    Friday Night Music: Dakhabrakha in Kyiv

    New York Times
    September 15, 2017 12:22 pm

    Since that’s where I am at the moment. It is, by the way, a surprisingly handsome city. Just looking at the city center you’d have no idea how much stress Ukraine is under.
    For those who haven’t seen previous clips, no, they aren’t doing ...

  • Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares included in NPR’s “The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women” NPR has created “a list of the greatest albums made by women between 1964 and the present, as an intervention, a remedy, a correction of the historical record and hopefully the start of a new conversation. Compiled by nearly 50 women from across NPR and the public radio system and produced in partnership with Lincoln ...

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: Download (pdf)


 

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