The Danae Olano Trio, Brilliant Pianist from Cuba
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Doors open at 7:30pm. Concert from 8 – 10pm
Dánae Olano (piano): “Young pianist Dánae Olano composed three of the numbers and collaborates closely with Bunnett in the composing and arranging. She is a Havana Conservatory graduate, equally as comfortable with Chopin as with Chucho Valdes. Her bewitching playing permeates the whole album, with the aid of a wonderful polyrhythm section…” — London Jazz News
Dánae Olano was born and raised in the musical melting pot of Havana, Cuba. She began classical musical studies at age 7 at the Alejandro García Caturla Music School, continuing at the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory of Music. She graduated from the University of Arts (ISA) in Havana as an accompanying and solo pianist, obtaining the Piano Cum Laude distinction. Her professional career began to blossom while studying in university. There, she made incursions into theatre music, being part of recognized companies like El Ingenio and Teatro de la Luna. During that time, she was also a co-founder of the band Alami, immersing herself and fellow Cuban-Canadian singer Dayme Arocena into jazz music. She was also a founding member of Banda XX, conducted by drummer Yissy García. Currently, Dánae is best known in North America as a founding member of the all-female band Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, which since its formation in 2013 has earned a Juno Award and been nominated on one other occasion, as well as earning a Grammy nomination. She is the band’s pianist and also sings, composes, and arranges for this renowned ensemble. She has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious jazz clubs, including Birdland, The Blue Note and Bimhuis as well as at top festivals such as the Monterrey, Newport and Saratoga Jazz Festivals in addition to Jazz al Parque in Bogota, Colombia. In 2018 she shared stage with pianists Jason Moran, James Francis, Booker T. Jones and Jane Bunnett as part of NPR’s “A Jazz Piano Christmas”, which was hosted by Felix Contreras at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
Yoser Rodriguez (bass): One of the premier bass players of Toronto’s burgeoning Latin and world music scenes, Cuban-Canadian musician Yoser Rodriguez has recently made the transition from in-demand bassist to singer/songwriter with the launch of his original project, the Yoser Rodriguez Trio. Originally trained as a classical guitarist at the renowned Guillermo Tomas Institute in Havana, Yoser studied bass with Carlos del Puerto and toured Cuba with Fiebre Latina before moving to Toronto in 2003. He wasted no time establishing his reputation as a go-to sideman and a versatile, communicative performer who is proficient on electric, upright, and baby basses. Specializing in salsa and Latin music (Hilario Duran, Adonis Puentes, Lula All-Stars, Willie Torres), Yoser has also recorded and toured with jazz and crossover artists such as Andy Narell, Alex Cuba, Jane Bunnett, Jesse Cook, Odessa-Havana, and Amanda Martinez.
Axel Bonnaire (drums):
was born on the small island of Guadeloupe. It is in this French territory located in the French West indies that this young drummer took his first steps as an artist. He was introduced to music by his music-loving parents from a very young age and developed a keen interest in drums at the age of 3.
He began his musical career in 2013 by participating in a 5-day gospel festival, JASPE, playing in front of over 5000 people. Subsequently, he decided to come to Quebec in 2017 to study music, starting with a DEC Technique in Music and Song at Cégep d’Alma Lac-St-Jean for 3 years, and recently obtaining his bachelor’s degree in music Interpretation from the University of Sherbrooke in 2023. During these years of study, he continued to perform with artists such as the singer Wesli, songwriter Frank Custeau, music doctor Julian Gutierrez, popular singers from the 80s Joe Bocan, Marie Denise Pelletier, Marie Carmen, and many other artists.
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