David Virelles Quintet

David Virelles Quintet


Winner of the Grand Prix de Jazz de Montreal and 2008 nominee for Best acoustic band, Best Latin Jazz Artist & BEst Recording this quintet is lead by David Virelles a stunning young pianist and the "most promising jazz piano player" in the country.


A unique and original blend of jazz and improvisation where the members' interaction is of extreme importance. The band's goal is to play original and creative music. Compositions incorporate influences from various musical traditions such as Africa, Cuba, Brazil and the United States as well as elements from European Classical music.

David Virelles - Piano

David was born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba on November 10, 1983 in a family of musicians (his father is a singer-songwriter and his mother a flutist in the Santiago de Cuba Symphony Orchestra). Studying classical piano since he was 7 his hometown offered a very rich variety of music that marked David’s musical personality. He was also an avid listener to his grandfather’s jazz record collection and especially the music of the great American Jazz artists like Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis.
At 15, Virelles won 1st Prize at the Concurso Jojazz in Havana Cuba. The competition was adjudicated by several of the most prestigious jazz musicians in Cuba and afforded David an introduction to piano legends Frank Emilio Flynn and Chucho Valdes. Soon thereafter he was invited to appear on the late Cuban trombonist Juan Pablo Torres’ CD "Together Again", which also included veterans Giovanni Hidalgo, Robin
Eubanks, Horacio “el Negro” Hernandez and Chucho Valdes.
In 1999, David met Canadian Jazz flutist/ saxophonist Jane Bunnett in one of her visits to his hometown’s conservatory. Bunnett, who is known for her contributions to the world of Latin Jazz, invited David to appear on her C.D "Alma de Santiago". This album also featured some of the most remarkable artists of David’s hometown of Santiago de Cuba, such as Tiburon Morales, Cuarteto de Saxofones de Santiago de Cuba and the "trova" group Los Jubilados. The album was a critical success and it was nominated for both a Grammy and a Juno Award.
In May of 2001, Virelles was invited to Canada by Jane Bunnett to perform at the Toronto Arts Awards and study with some of the most outstanding Jazz musicians in the Toronto scene such as Don Thompson and Brian Dickinson.
David graduated from the Jazz Music program at Humber College, where he performed with Jazz greats Paquito d’ Rivera, Michael Brecker and Bill Holman. In October of 2003, Virelles was chosen as the recipient for the first Oscar Peterson Prize. The Canadian Jazz Master himself presented this award to Virelles at the ceremony.
Since his arrival in Canada, David has also studied with Jazz legends Barry Harris and Steve Coleman. In the last four years he has appeared with Bunnett’s band “Spirits of Havana “. Virelles’s contribution to Bunnett’s band can be heard on her album "Cuban Oddyssey”, which won the Jazz Journalists Awards in 2003 and was also nominated for a Juno Award and a Grammy Award. David was also featured as an arranger as well as a performer on the Jane Bunnett Juno nominated C.D. “Red Dragonfly” with the Panderecki String Quartet as guests. He also contributed to Bunnett’s latest album “Radio Guantanamo”, which won a Juno Award in 2006. Also in 2006 he was nominated for the Canadian National Jazz Awards in the category of Best Latin Jazz Artist and won the C.B.C. Galaxy Award for Rising Star. David was also part of the first Art of Jazz Festival in Toronto where he performed with the likes of Sheila Jordan, Jane Bunnett and the Spirits of Havana, Ray Vega, The Art of Jazz Orchestra, Francisco Mela and Ricky Franco and the P-Crew Orchestra. He has performed with some of the most outstanding jazz musicians in Canada, including Neil Swainson, Terry Clarke, Reg Schwager, Don Thompson, Kirk McDonald, Kieran Overs, Remy Bolduc, Denzel Sinclair, Richard Underhill, Rich Brown, Roberto Occhipinti, Alex Dean, Barry Romberg, Archie Alleyne, Norman Marshall Villenueve, P.J Perry, Dave Young, and Phil Dwyer just to name a few. David has also performed/recorded with Stanley Cowell, Dewey Redman, Steve Coleman, Mark Turner, George Garzone, John Benitez, Howard Johnson, Jason Palmer, Warren Wolf, Francisco Mela, Charles Flores, Horacio “el Negro” Hernandez, John Lockwood, Luis Mario Ochoa, etc. David was also (along with his group the David Virelles Quintet) the recipient of the Grand Prix de Jazz General Motors for 2006 at the Montreal Jazz Festival.
The band will be touring Canada in the summer 2008 and Latin America in the spring of 2009.

Luis Gonzalez Denis, Alto Sax

Luis Gonzalez Denis was born in Camaguey, Cuba in
1983. In 1993, Luis started his musical studies at the Escuela Vocacional de Arte Luis Casas Romero in his hometown of Camaguey, where he subsequently continued at the Escuela Profesional de Musica Jose White. Luis later moved to the Cuban capital, where he graduated at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Musica (ENA), the alma mater of several of Cuba's most prominent musicians. Upon his arrival in Toronto in 2004, Gonzalez has performed and recorded with some of Toronto's most outstanding


David Virelles has crafted an impressive debut with “Motion,” (June 2007), which features his excellent quintet, as well as such guests as Mark Turner, Celso Machado and Virelles father, José Aquiles. The recording is the result of having won the Grand Prize at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal in 2006.

Set List

The set list is provided before each performance and consists of original scores.