Aruán Ortiz - Piano
From the sold-out box set, Newvelle Season Two.
“A Romantic, dreamy and almost mystical Cuba permeates this recording by Aruán Ortiz” - Raul da Gama
When the film maker Ben Chace finished shooting the movie Sin Alas (“Without Wings”) in Cuba he reached out to Aruán Ortiz to score it. The haunting original “Cuban Nocturne,” the title song on this album, is the film’s theme. In addition, Chace had a particular piece in mind for the film—Ignacio Cervantes’ “Ilusiones Perdidas.” The short, playful piece is very well known in Cuba but has special resonance for Ortiz. It’s a piece of music he’s been circling since childhood.
Sparked by that collaboration with Chace, these songs became a reflection on the music that saturated Ortiz's childhood. A repertoire that, for the most part, he has never played before. As Ortiz weds his singular genius for improvisation to the classical repertoire of his homeland, what emerges is an investigation of selfhood. It’s the sound of a man balancing and synthesizing the elements of his musical identity.