David Virelles: Gnosis (LP) | ECM 5765122

David Virelles: Gnosis (LP)


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Label: ECM

Cat No: 5765122

Format: LP

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Jazz

Release Date: 15th September 2017



David Virelles (piano, marimbula, vocals)
Roman Diaz (lead vocals, percussion)
Nosotros Ensemble


David Virelles (piano, marimbula, vocals)
Roman Diaz (lead vocals, percussion)
Nosotros Ensemble


In this vivid and exciting project, released simultaneously on CD and vinyl, the Santiago-raised and New York-based pianist-composer David Virelles looks towards one melting pot from the vantage point of another.

A far-reaching work with deep cultural roots, Gnosis speaks of transculturation and traditions, and of the complex tapestry of Cuba’s music - the sacred, the secular, and the ritualistic - but the work’s shapes and forms could only have been created by a gifted contemporary player thoroughly versed in the art of the improvisers. Strings, woodwinds and percussion all have their roles to play in Gnosis, viewed by Virelles as “several families functioning within one unit: this dynamic symbolizes multicultural interaction.”

Virelles’ responsive piano and the vocals and percussion of Román Díaz, a profound figure in the transmission of Afro-Cuban musical history, are at the centre of the action. Gnosis was recorded at New York’s Avatar Studios in May 2016 and produced by Manfred Eicher.

- David Virelles (piano, marímbula, vocals)
- Román Díaz (lead vocals, percussion)
- Allison Loggins-Hull (piccolo, flute)
- Rane Moore (clarinet, bass clarinet)
- Adam Cruz (percussion)
- Alex Lipowski (percussion)
- Matt hew Gold (percussion)
- Mauricio Herrera (percussion)
- Thomas Morgan (double bass)
- Yunior Lopez (viola)
- Christine Chen (violoncello)
- Samuel DeCaprio (violoncello)
- Melvis Santa (vocals)
- Mauricio Herrera (vocals)

1. Del Tabaco y el Azucar
2. Fititi Nongo
3. Lengua I
4. Erume Kondo
5. Benkomo
6. Tierra
7. De Ida y Vuelta I
8. Lengua II
9. De Ida y Vuelta II
10. Nuna
11. Epilogo
12. Dos
13. Caracola
14. Visiones Sonoras
15. De Portal
16. De Tres
17. De Cuando Era Chiquite
18. De Coral

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