Pablo Cardenas has been called one of the best Cuban pianists of his generation. Equally at home playing classical, jazz, fusion and Latin jazz, Cardenas brings his boundless energy, charisma, and rhythms to the stage to Pat’s House of Jazz at the Osborne Bay Pub on Jan. 14.
In demand at jazz festivals in Cuba, Canada, Spain and the U.S., Cardenas, who now makes Victoria his home, says he was “destined for a life in music after his hands first touched a piano at the age of five.”
In Cuba, the classically trained pianist performed classical recitals and taught music theory, classical and jazz piano at the National Conservatory of Music where he first began his studies. He also spent five years at the National School of Music in Havana. He has collaborated with such accomplished musicians as vocalist Leo Vera and groups like Mambo Club International Jazz Band.
Since arriving in Canada in 2010, he has been teaching and performing with world-class musicians such as Alexis Baro, Phil Dwyer, Ana Velinova and Adonis Puentes.
Cardenas’ music projects include his Latin Jazz Combo and Project Fusion who have performed on CBC Radio, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Vancouver Cuban Music Festival, Roots and Blues Festival and the Victoria International Jazz Festival.
The January 14th show is part of a popular weekly jazz series at the pub in Crofton, Sundays at 2 p.m. The series is organized by a group of dedicated volunteers whose aim is to keep all types of jazz alive in the valley. They showcase some of the Island’s best musicians playing a myriad of styles, including big band, show tunes, bop, Latin, New Orleans jazz and more — jazz for every taste. The group recently came under the umbrella of the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society.
Admission is $15.
For information, phone 250-324-2245 or visit osbournepub.com