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2012 Juno Awards Jazz Nominations
Cuban Rhapsody gets Juno Awards nomination

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Rest of the Story, Chris Tarry (Nineteen Eight)
New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges, Colin Stetson (Constellation/Outside)
Idiosyncrasie, François Bourassa Quartet (Effendi/Sélect)
Cuban Rhapsody, Hilario Duran & Jane Bunnett (Alma/Universal)
Changing Seasons, Phil Dwyer Orchestra feat. Mark Fewer (Alma/Universal).
jazzblog.ca by Peter Hum

Jane Bunnett & Hilario Duran: Cuban Rhapsody (2011)
By Edward Blanco - www.allaboutjazz.com - September 3, 2011

Jane Bunnett and Hilario Duran Interview
The Jazz Session - www.allaboutjazz.com

Jane Bunnett & Hilario Durán - Cuban Rhapsody
By Raul da Gama - www.latinjazznet.com - July 26, 2011

Jane Bunnett & Hilario Durán release Duets CD
Hilario Durán and Jane Bunnett team up for duet album

When two of the most acclaimed modern explorers of Cuban music combine their prodigious talents on the music they love, musical magic happens. That is demonstrated in truly enchanting fashion on Cuban Rhapsody, the debut duet recording by Jane Bunnett and Hilario Durán.

New releases: Arctic Monkeys, Jane Bunnett and more
By J. D. Considine - www.theglobeandmail.com - June 10, 2011

Some albums are aimed at connoisseurs, with subtleties only an expert could appreciate; others are meant for the masses, with an appeal so obvious anyone with ears can hear it. Cuban Rhapsody is that rare recording that manages to be both. A collection of classic Cuban tunes, it finds pianist Duran and flautist/soprano saxophonist Bunnett performing with the sort of finesse and authority you’d expect from two musicians who’ve spent decades studying Cuba’s musical traditions. But along with that insight comes a joy and vitality that makes the dance element of these songs immediately infectious, and the melodic content utterly irresistible.

Jane Bunnett & Hilario Durán/Cuban Rhapsody
By Karl Stark - www.philly.com - June 5, 2011

Soprano saxophonist and flutist Jane Bunnett joins with pianist Hilario Durán on what is likely to be one of the top recordings of the year. Their duets cover compositions from the 19th century to the 1960s; that means they are romantic and unspoiled. Bunnett comes by her love of Cuban music honestly. She's Canadian, and compensates by having a 25-year obsession with the island's amazing vibe. Durán is a much-lionized native Cubano whose Latin Jazz Big Band is a going concern, and their duets are just the lightest thing going. The two wend through the Cuban canon with such deftness that you find yourself yearning for a mojito. Duran is a subtle cat who continually lands on intriguing stuff. Bunnett revels in the lightness of being that results.

Cuban Rhapsody: Jane Bunnett & Hilario Durán
By C. J. Bond - www.jazmusic.com - June 4, 2011

"Cuban Rhapsody" represents much more than an exploration of Cuban classical music. It is a story of a passionate, enduring love affair between two gifted musicians and the music they adore ; it is about the power of an art form to transcend artificial boundaries and make itself timeless; it is about the deep respect two artists have for each other's talent and the selfless contributions each has made to give voice to the traditions and joy of a music that consumes them; it is about the 'food' of love: Music...

Hilario Durán named one of the Top Hispanic Canadians of 2009!
On a Ceremony held on Friday, November 20, 2009 at the Pantages Hotel in Toronto, Hilario Durán received an award recognizing him as one of the “10 MOST INFLUENTIAL HISPANIC CANADIANS of 2009.”

NEWSPAPERS/MAGAZINES ARTICLES:

Hilario Duran and his Latin Jazz Big Band: From the Heart
By Raul d'Gama Rose - www.allaboutjazz.com - Monday, Aug. 18, 2008.

Duran & Sandoval, Together Again
Concert Review by: Paul J. Youngman
TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival - Saturday, June 28, 2008.

Cuban jazz great's 'dream come true'
Edmonton Jazz Orchestra with the Hilario Duran Trio
By Roger Levesque - www.canada.com - Friday, June 20, 2008.

Hilario Durán's jazz incorporates disparate Cuban threads
By Tony Montague - www.straight.com - Thursday, June 19, 2008.

Hilario Duran Trio: Tour Canada 2008
www.allaboutjazz.com - Posted on May 14, 2008.

Latin jazz great Hilario Duran, bassist Jodi Proznick win big at jazz awards
www.cbc.ca - CBC News - Tuesday, April 8, 2008 - Toronto.

Durán and Virelles meet Glenn Gould - thelivemusicreport.ca - by Tova G. Kardonne - October 2, 2007 - Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto.

Cuban Summit - Pedrito Calvo and Hilario Durán - thelivemusicreport.ca - by Joyce Corbett - Sept. 30, 2007 - LULA Lounge, Toronto.

Hilario Duran and Daughter Yailen DuranFamily Matters

As Toronto's annual jazz festival kicks off tomorrow, we offer living proof that musical talent is in the blood

By Ashante Infantry for The Toronto Star
Photography by Yvonne Berg
June 21, 2007

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From The Heart - AllAboutJazz.com - By Edward Blanco - 2006

HILARIO DURAN - From The Heart - JazzTimes.com - By David Whiteis - Nov. 2006

The Beaches swing to the sounds of jazz - International Jazz Fest is turning 18 this year and the lineup keeps getting better - Jul. 16, 2006. www.corrieretandem.com

Cuban super session - For his new album, Hilario Duran was joined by two other jazz greats from Castro's island - Jul. 4, 2006. www.thestar.com

Thank you from T.dot for the cha cha cha - By Joyce Corbett - July 1, 2006. www.thelivemusicreport.com

Hilario Duran thinks big
The Globe and Mail, Toronto. By MARK MILLER. Friday, November 4, 2005.

Deep Danzón - Hilario Durán's Havana good time
NOW Magazine, Toronto. By JASON RICHARDS. November 3, 2005.

Hilario Durán All Star Big Band at LULA Lounge
The Live Music Report. By Joyce Corbett. June 23, 2005.

INTERVIEW: Hilario Durán on Latin Jazz Network.

CD REVIEW: New Danzon por Hilario Durán Trio - Jeasselyn Menahem (En Español)

Hilario Durán" Durán is a genuine virtuoso, attacking the keyboard with an arsenal of devices that includes runs executed in octaves, block chords at fast tempos, and that method so characteristic of Cuban pianists, sudden dance figures executed in two hand unison. While these can sometimes feel like habits, the energy that they create is a virtue in itself. Durán's creativity is heightened when he finds ways to challenge that vast technique."
Stuart Broomer, The Globe and Mail - Nov. 18, 2000

“...Virtuosity in Cuba is also often matched of necessity to versatility. Durán is a case in point. His last band in Havana, Perspectiva, employed synthesizers and played fusion-jazz, while his Canadian recordings are replete with traditional jazz references -that's a quote from the classic 'Stormy Weather', for example, in 'Autumn Nocturne' on Habana Nocturna'- and contemporary jazz harmonies."
Mark Miller, The Globe and Mail, Toronto

"Hilario Durán is an unparalleled pianist, as well as being a composer and arranger of the first order... one of the greatest Stone and Spin Cuban pianists of this 20th Century.”
Chucho Valdés

“With what old-time barrelhouse and boogie players used to call 'a left hand like God', and a fertile harmonic and melodic imagination, Durán shines..."
Robert Palmer, Writer & Critic

"Beginning the session with a bubbling, hyperactive solo medley dubbed 'Homage To Chano Pozo', Durán showed how adept he is at making the fusion of Latin rhythms, African roots and North American jazz a musical event that's refreshing, a jumping-off point for innovative experiment."
Geoff Chapman, The Toronto Star - May 30, 1997

"Durán's signature showed itself. It is a lightning-fast right hand that darts out and ignites bursts of aural fireworks. Contrasted against jagged rhythm patterns played in the middle register, these explosions are like joyous shrieks heard at carnival time"
James Hale, The Ottawa Citizen - July 21, 1996

“Hilario Durán is the latest virtuoso jazz pianist to emerge from Havana... these were bravura performances, in which Durán made abundantly clear his comfort with all of the extremes that a piano holds, and spanned the distances between them - between the most heavily percussive and the most lightly lyrical - with a roll of the wrists - some roll, some wrists."
Mark Miller, The Globe and Mail - June 14, 1996

Hilario Durán is one of the top few virtuoso jazz pianists from Cuba. In jazz critic Robert Palmer words, Hilario "is simply one hell of a modern jazz pianist" who is gifted "with what old-time barrelhouse and boogie players used to call 'a left hand like God', and a fertile harmonic and melodic imagination."

Durán has gained an illustrious career and a solid reputation; along with Chucho Valdés and Gonzálo Rubalcaba, Hilario Durán is ranked among the greats as one of the most important contemporary Cuban pianists.

Hilario Durán is one of Cuba's premier exponents of Latin Jazz, renowned for his piano playing and composing skills. His impressive track record speaks for itself. Durán has worked with some of the world's giants of jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie and Arturo Sandoval.

Durán has performed at many prestigious festivals throughout the world: Montreux, Paris, Nice, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, Chicago, Havana and North Sea jazz festivals. He has also worked extensiveIy in some of the best jazz clubs throughout Europe, Canada and Latin America.

 
     
 
 
 
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