• Aldo López-Gavilán and Ilmar Gavilán

We regret to announce that the Ilmar Gavilán and Aldo López-Gavilán concert has been cancelled, as one of the principal performers has contracted chickenpox.

Though nothing can truly replace the experience of watching the brothers perform live, please note that we are still offering a free stream of Los Hermanos/The Brothers, the documentary about the brothers’ complex history and musical prowess, as part of our Illuminations “Place and Displacement” programming for the 2021–22 season.

Jazz

Ilmar Gavilán, violin
Aldo López-Gavilán, piano

Aldo LÓPEZ-GAVILÁN Eclypse
Caipiriñame
Hermanos
Momo’s Tale
Epilogo
– – –
Arboles en el aire
Waltz
Quick Tune
Viernes de Ciudad
Pan con Timba

Musician brothers Aldo López-Gavilán and Ilmar Gavilán grew up together as young prodigies in Havana in the 1970s. At 14, Ilmar was sent to the former Soviet Union to continue his violin studies; as an adult, he eventually settled in New York, where he founded the Grammy-winning Harlem Quartet. Younger brother Aldo remained in Cuba after training in London, and was mentored by the island’s revered jazz and classical piano masters, his significant talent achieving renown internationally but eluding wider recognition in the States due to the 60-year-old US embargo on Cuba.

Reunited (and the subject of a 2020 documentary film, Los Hermanos), the brothers form a duo like no other, defined by a sweetly delicate lyricism one moment, and an infectious rhythmic energy the next. They play compositions by Aldo, recorded on their duo release Hermanos, that weave together dreamy chamber sonorities with Afro-Cuban jazz and folk forms. “[López-Gavilán is] a terrific composer, with range, imagination and technique…[his] superb pianism rock[ed] the house as well” (The Washington Post).

An Illuminations: “Place and Displacement” event.

Beyond the Stage

In LOS HERMANOS/THE BROTHERS, virtuoso Afro-Cuban-born brothers—violinist Ilmar and pianist Aldo—live on opposite sides of a geopolitical chasm a half-century wide. Tracking their parallel lives in New York and Havana, their poignant reunion, and their momentous first performances together, this documentary offers a nuanced, often startling view of estranged nations through the lens of music and family.

This free stream is available January 16–30 and offered as part of Cal Performances’ Illuminations programming to both provide deeper context for the brothers’ Cal Performances concert, and to propose another lens through which to view and understand the 2021-22 Illuminations theme of “Place and Displacement.”

Tickets are free for this stream, but registration is required.

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Jan 23, 2022, 5pm
Add to Calendar 01/23/2022 05:00 pm 01/23/2022 06:30 pm America/Los_Angeles Ilmar Gavilán, violin; Aldo López-Gavilán, piano https://calperformances.org/events/2021-22/jazz/aldo-lopez-gavilan-ilmar-gavilan-2122/ Zellerbach Hall
Cancelled
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Jan 23, 2022, 5pm
Add to Calendar 01/23/2022 05:00 pm 01/23/2022 06:30 pm America/Los_Angeles Ilmar Gavilán, violin; Aldo López-Gavilán, piano https://calperformances.org/events/2021-22/jazz/aldo-lopez-gavilan-ilmar-gavilan-2122/ Zellerbach Hall
Cancelled
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