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Miguel De Armas

Photo: Benito Castillo


Performance is approximately 45 minutes with no intermission.

From Cuba to Canada, the musical stylings of Miguel De Armas are nothing short of brilliant. The Havana-born pianist has recorded more than 50 albums and collaborated with an array of Cuban legends, including Compay Segundo. In 1988, he co-founded NG La Banda, a group single-handedly responsible for creating the Cuban salsa offshoot called timba.

Now based in Ottawa, Miguel brings his bright Latin beat to the festival’s Canada Stage series for a performance that is nothing short of a master class in original Cuban rhythms – airy, feel-good jazz that spreads itself comfortably in all directions and into all kinds of music. Effortlessly weaving Cuban and North American jazz in a wonderfully eclectic way, Miguel remains a stalwart in the world of Cuban music, a keyboard colossus with a rapidly growing Canadian following.

This concert is part of Canada Scene’s free Scene@6 series. Running every evening at 6:00 from July 2 to 23, the series showcases this country’s top folk, roots, world, and jazz artists in the NAC’s new Atrium.

Miguel's writing is tremendous. It’s authentic and it’s contemporary. Miguel is the real thing.

Roddy Ellias, Ottawa Citizen