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Yaroldy Abreu

Last updated: January 10, 2023

Yaroldy Abreu Robles is one of the most prominent percussionists of his generation in Cuba, who has dedicated his career to interpreting latin jazz and afrocuban jazz. He graduated from the Institute Superior of Arts in La Habana, Cuba in 2001. Since then, he has developed a very intense professional career as a member of the experimental percussion group Pi-a-pá, the Cinco Puntos ensemble, Maraca & Otra Visión, Irakere and Chucho Valdés Jazz Quartet and Chucho Valdés & The Afro-Cuban Messengers.

Yaroldy has recorded several albums and toured around the world, participating in the most important jazz festivals. In 1997 he won the first award in the VI National Percussion Competition (in the specialty of Cuban Percussion), during the VIII PerCuba International Festival.

He also performed and recorded on the album New Conceptions, with the Chucho Valdés Jazz Quartet, which won the 2004 Latin Grammy Award in the category of Latin Jazz.

Yaroldy is Professor of Cuban Percussion at the Institute Superior of Arts in La Habana and offers workshops and masterclasses in universities and conservatories around the world.

He has performed and recorded with Winton Marsalis, Monique Seka, and others.

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