Harold Lopez Nussa: "Un Día Cualquiera: A Musical Journey from Cuba to America" | Talks at Google
My. Name is Brett Perlmutter, and I'm the head of Google, Cuba, it is, my distinct. Privilege, to. Welcome today's. Talk, at Google special. Guest. World-renowned. Musician. Stellar. Human, being hailing. From the island, of kuba, mr.. Harold lopez, noosa bienvenidos. Please join me in welcoming him as from. Placer when. At the akiko nosotros hoy tambien. Today's. Talk is about, music and it's not about just enjoying music it's about, letting. Music, be the fabric, that, binds, us it's about music, being a tool to, bridge countries, to, build bilateral, relations, to build multilateral. Relations to bring people together, today's. Talk is also about Cuba, it's about what's happening in Cuba it's about why Cuba, punches. Above its weight, artistically. And creatively and, it's, about using. The Internet as a. Platform to, share this. Content, this culture, this rich rich musical, history with, the rest of the world in. Dantes. Adult game hola. Everyone. Here is really anxious to hear from you we. Want to hear your music we want to hear your stories we're gonna have a lot of questions for you but I'd be remiss to start, if I didn't tell the audience a, little bit about you. Adult. Was born in central, Havana Cuba. To. A family of esteemed musicians. He, started playing piano when he was only eight years old. And after. That here's a part of many very famous and prestigious Cuban. Musical conservatories. After. Graduating, from the instituto. Superior de, artists a ISA he. Toured, with Amara, port window of the Buena Vista Social Club and he. Worked with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra before. Releasing his first album, canciones, in 2007. Now. At a mere age of 35. Years, old jazz pianist Harold, moussah has. Attained the kind of international recognition that, most, musicians only, could dream of first. Place at the Montreux, Jazz Festival solo. Piano competition. A performance. At Paris's, legendary, Olympia, yearly. North American, and European Tour's and, multiple. Album releases, to his name. Lopes, nooses music reflects the full range and richness, of the, Canon of Cuban, music with, its distinctive combination of classical, for chloric and popular elements, as well, as the embrace of jazz, improvisation and. Interactions. Lopez. Noosa shoes chose, the new album's, title india. Quaff guerra which, means just another day because in, his, words the idea is to put the music and the trio together in a studio and just play, the. Way we three, do everyday any day like, a concert, in the living room of your house, so. Welcome. Adult, to. Google's home today. This. Is your living room. The leg back, to. Alec wanna. Borrow. Money. To. Parity. Hello a to Allah. Allah. But. After I y'all. Wanna, go mama. Electronic. Pop. Some, people walk around. Congratulations. And thank you so much. So. That that's. The walk away do, I get the chance to make a deal and label. My first. American. Label album release which, which, was Alby I hate their journey so, I, think that that was incredible, for Cuban people and. For, Cuban artists in my case musician. And. Painters, writers. Everybody. We, we get more clothes from from. American. Artists we get more clothes from American. People and and that's I think that's what almost. All the people in Cuba wants and. What. Is el viaje what's, the trip what. The trip is. You. Know you you, can travel with the music you can travel that. Was the idea, we. Did, this album with an America with a Senegal. Bass, player, on finger. That. We made in Paris so and all these things to the music, because, music make us travel physically. And spiritually. Of, course so, that that, was the point with, RBI he so music, from many, different places from, Africa, from Europe from, Cuba, of course and of, course from here yes it's. Fabulous, Thanks, so. Let's change topics, slightly. We. Actually, I had the privilege of seeing, you perform most. Recently, in Washington DC, at the, Kennedy Center for Performing Arts at the artistic Google Festival yeah and you, were there with your brother and your uncle.
And Your, father yes I'm not mistaken so. It's a family affair what is the role of family and how is that created. Your musical, identity well. It's. Really, important, for me. Have. The chance to born in Havana. My, mother she was a piano teacher my, father he played drums my uncle he played piano my. Grandmother. Who, teach, me a lot of thing about music, she, was a piano player no professional, but great, piano player the piano that I have in my house is from her today, so, they, teach us the. Love to the music, the and. I think, that I learned from my grandmother. This, that I try to say. Every time music put people together I went. To many concert with her and I'm, remember, that she was telling, all the time you see all these people here, just listening, to the music this. Helped, the world and I am sure, music. Helped the work how. People be together sitting together no, matter your. Race no matter your religion no, matter anything. Politic, no matter anything music is, the language universal. Language and put can, put people together and daughter or that so um. You. Know I I, grew. Up taking. A, lot, of advance from my family, from my father for my uncle for my mother and now. Be able to play with my father, and my uncle in. In. The same band it's wonderful, it's something that I want to do more and more because it's now, I'm sharing my music with them and they when playing my own composition, for me it's very special, I was learning from them then they, are landing my own, composition. So this is this, is something that I really appreciated. And I, really. Love. To do that's. Beautiful and are your kids going to be musicians I don't, know I. Have. Two daughters and they dance all the day so I don't know if the well they will, be dancing or message but they love music so that's related heart that's your yeah that's, great. So. The, other thing I wanted to mention about the Kennedy Center is at. Google, we had the great fortune to be able to participate, by, live streaming the event so. Um people could see it live on YouTube and we, actually had, a live stream set up in Havana so people in Cuba could see the live stream. Which. Brings, me to this general concept of, how. Can the internet help, promote. Cuban. Arts and Cuban culture and, Cuban, music, how can platforms, like Google or, YouTube.
Help. Share what's so special about what you're doing. Could. Be like the most important, way to promote Ironman, is their future I mean this, is the way that the things happen, today and Inc you are we're like far, away from that so, because, we don't have internet, connection. Is, very, hard to get, internet connection everybody know that so I remember, that when I was in Washington and. My family was you. Know I didn't, know that was thanks to Google but thank you because, my family watched it you, know the concert that happened in Kennedy Center what you were and that was great fabulous, fabulous this is unique. And this is the future you cannot. Stop. That it's. Wonderful. The power that have, internet. To promote art is something, that we need to, to. Take with, us on do. Things with this so. If Google could wave, its magic. Wand. Great. Your all, of your internet wishes what would they be, sir. So, if if, we, had the. Ability yeah. To do anything you, know in our magic ball for your magic and you, could grant. Or if we could grant your wish what would your wish oh let's boot aboard internet in Cuba okay they are quarter okay. Yes, yes. Okay. Cool so, I, want, to talk about kind, of the the, roots and, the tradition, of of your music and your compositions. You come, from. A very, very. Rich, musical. History that. I don't think outside of Cuba, people. Understand. The, depth of and your. Music even has traces, of afro-cuban. Music. I. Think one of your canción is one, of your songs is like. Rock my lava yeah. Could. You tell us a little bit about the antecedents, of your own music well, yeah definitely. Our. Music, have a lot of influence, different, and influence and we have a great, tradition in Cuba. About traditional. Cuban music that we that, we call like popular, music, and we, have this afro-cuban. Reading. Related. To, to, religious, to African, religious Yoruba, our choir the first one that we just play it it's, called allegra, and ella. Voice one of the gods in the Yoruba, religion and, they have his own. They. Have when they do a ceremony, they think for Allah and they have the. Butter. Drums playing freedom, and they have people, who sing and this. Composition, that we did is big. We, took this route. We reach, the. Butter drums made something I talk into content. And. Then they sing and, we. Put some voice, over there so, we took that from there and then we try to put in our way or today until that yes, more contemporary. That's, from there and there from the Sun from, the cha-cha-cha, from, the bolero from many many places, so. I think that our work music have a lot, from there and then of course from the gas because, we we are loved. We're, in love with gas and we'll listen a lot I was listening a lot yes when I was a kid in my home and also. With classical. Great. Composer, because the three of us we taught in the school like classical, music this is what what we learning, in Cuba when we when you learn music it's, just about classical, so, the three of us we study all all, the great classical. And European, composers so, I think it makes, between all of these and more things that are coming every day so, that's. Wonderful so who are, your jazz. Inspirations. Well. I have, many many. I remember. More my father used to listen a lot of my daily son Bill Evans in my house. This. Give me a lot of inspiration Chick, Corea Herbie. Hancock. My. Uncle introduced me to the world of Keith Gary he's, a huge fan as well as me and then. A lot of Cuban musician, I don't from Benny more until, true. When Gonzalez, Bay well this the father of future well this two greatest piano, player from Cuba. From. Many, many musicians that inspires, us a lot so. What was it like to grow up in your house Oh a. Little, crazy I remember. We. We, was born my brother he, played around with me. And I we grow we was, born in a very, little apartment, in central Ana so, I, remember that we have had the dining room with the piano of my mother and then in a kind of my son eeny the drums of my father and the, bed of my mother, on my father so yeah, we have all day, friends. Of my father coming to my house and play some. Student, from mother coming. To my house and take a lesson so music was like part of our. They. Like. Play, baseball it you. Know see television and listen. To music it's something yeah, it's basically in your blood yeah yeah they're fine so. Who. Here knows the, way no Vista Social Club I think most. Everyone everyone. Tell. Us about your, experience, with Amara, well. That was that, was amazing, for me Oh Maura, she, she. She was famous in the world thanks to when I with associate law but, she has, been famous in Cuba forever so, when I was a kid she she, was from. From wherever she's like one of the greatest artists. In Cuba from all times. I. Was, I was very lucky to be. Able to play with her travel, her I was, traveling, with her for three, three, years all around the world I was, able to record with her and, invite her to one, of my CDs and she's a wonderful person she, is so.
Smart, She's, so cute she's, so talent, she's, so, Jesus that was amazing, for me and I learned a lot of things I, learned. Disrespect. For the music is at. That level is like you. Know I remember that we sometimes, we, get him back front, three-month. Tour to Cuba and, I was just. Sitting. In my sofa. Of my living room and I put the, television I saw Marin life on the TV, how. She can do that she's, in the music all the time so. That's. That's. Helped you know and and that made, me a lot of give. Me a lot of more, more respect for the museum more love to the music yeah she showed me that so. That must have been one of your most formative, experiences, were different her definitely what. Else was another formative. Experience, in your career Oh. Many. Things you know the half for. Example right now have, the. The. Chance to be able to play in the States who was also dreamed for me for many years, took, my music to the American. Audience and I have. Being able to do it thanks. To many. People, helped me great. Manager, that. I have that is an American. Great, people who really, support also help us to be here, tonight, I am tomorrow in highway, and then Monterey, and then San Francisco, and this is this is wonderful, this is the the. Most. Important, for me is take my music to different, audience see, the reaction, make new friends make, know new people that that, was all always, my dream that, when I was a kid and still still. My dream get. Get, more attention in my music this is something, that not, many musician, can do so on I'm very proud. And I'm, very grateful to, be, able to do that so. What was your first visit to the United States. What. We saw Maura like Sohn, years ago maybe 10 but, then with my my. Arm probably. Was like six. Years ago I think I made this little to just my brother and I we, even was not able to have a bass player with us because, we was in, the very beginning so, we did a song, concert. In the in California, and we play in New York for. One day from. There until today we have been coming. Every. Year like, 2 or 3 4 times so I'm I'm very happy. To to, be able to do that so, it sounds like you've learned a lot from your experience, in the United States, sorry. It sounds like you've learned a lot oh yeah our experience, yeah yeah I mean I learned I'm. Mostly. Unlearning about people. In the United States who. Are. Incredible. You know we are so so, close. From, from, the people the, real people in United States in Cuba we have a lot of things in common we, love the same things we love baseball, wait, what we love in Cuba you lost people here so we love music of course we will of gasps in Cuba you guys, you love Cuban. Music so it's you, know this many. Things in common so I'm very, happy to. Come. Here moremore. And, we're happy to have you so. So. For, people, from the United States and people watching around the world what. Should we learn from, you what should we learn from Cubans oh. Wow. I don't know maybe. That we.
We. Don't care about, we. Care but even, when we are not able to get, all. That we need we, we, are able to be happy with what we are with what wish. What we have sorry, I don't know if I explain myself or fect but, but, yeah I I mean, people in Cuba they're they, share a lot of things that's, that was what, I loved, the more in Cuba they share sugar, like yourself, she. Can teach, your music, they share life, people, life. Is very close from one from from from another I am very close of all my neighborhood, over, there I know everybody. Know me say, hello to me in the streets that's that's that's very for. Me I have. A lot of support. I, feel, that I have a lot of support from people in Cuba so, this is something something, different it's, the life is quite, different here sometimes, not that good because sometimes your neighborhood he put their music like. One. Game in the morning you, you can't say anything because you did last. Week and you did the same thing. So. You're on this tour you're. Here in Google. New York you said you're going to California to San Francisco, and going around the United States you've just been in Spain. In France. In, Japan. You're. From central Havana, did. You ever think you would be doing this no no never. Never that that was always a dream but. Know. That that's. More than I was packing so. I'm, very, very happy and I'm trying to do in I hope. That I'm keep. The level to keep doing that and. To desert that this is wonderful, it's. Fabulous, well, I have one last question but before I ask it I want to ask folks from the audience if they have questions to. Please stand up and you. Can come up to the mics and ask anything and everything. That you would like. Please. If you just go up to the mic so your question is recorded. Hi. I'm. CUBAN, oh wow. Wants. To keep up with my parents were born there oh wow, and my. Question is what do you miss most about, Cuba, when you're abroad when. I, owe. My, family my, family my friends I have two little daughters, have. A wife and I have a lot of friends and they yeah, I miss, them a lot yeah and have your daughters come, to the States, oh I, took one of ya the bigger, one who have only five I took her like 20, days, ago onto with me for a week, so, she. Was able to get to New York Boston. She. Was like getting, crazy with the United States, she's. Telling all her friend their friend over. There oh I was there. Your. Performance, was incredible, think oh thanks you thank, you thank, you please. All, right thanks for coming and giving us such great performance, and pleasure when. I was watching you play, like this it was totally, crazy and I'm curious like how much is improv, versus, you're. Gonna play exactly that stuff oh there's. A lot of improv yeah we we. Took we, have like like. A song that, we D we do, just. Just the son and the one then we is just, improvisation, so we took from there and we try, to create things and of. Course when. You do this like every day sometimes, you do same things that that. Same. Phrase that you did yesterday, but we are always trying to don't don't do the same things so, this is their this, is the complicated, part, to be able to create every, day a different phrase. A different, freedom in in, the improvisation, but there is a lot definitely and with those guys who knows me that, well for, me it's very easy they they they, they always give me something to create so that we will listen to each other a lot and from there we try to create and create was. It hard to earn music. From your mic your parents, know. They helped me a lot, they, helped me a lot I made my mother she was sitting with me in the piano and when I was a kid trying, to study. And practice it with me a lot I was, like. I. Want, to play baseball and. She was no you need. To do it one more time so but but thanks to that I am. Able. Today to play, piano but they support, me a lot not, just when I was a little kid then when I was trying to get to. Change from classical. Music to play. Something else like yeah so Cuba, music they support me a lot I didn't, have these support from my teachers, but, I do, have for my family so I'm, very very, grateful for, for. All the support that they gave me onto today. I. Think. We have another question over here are, you playing any shows in New York while you here no. No no now we was, playing in just, standard tonight and at the end of July yeah and, my second is I was wondering for you to talk about the future of jazz music and what you think like where it's going because, I feel like it's been a medium that's kind of stayed standing, still for a long time and I'm wondering you know where, do you see it going in the future the, Jazz in general, well.
I Think, that there's a lot of young, musician, trying trying things is. Sometimes. Hard because. Yes it's not getting that. Big. Attention. In the world unfortunately, but, but, still still. Great festival, all around the world in Europe in, Asia, here. And States so. There, is a lot of young people trying to do things that that's where we are trying to do to. Take from from, from, what, we know from our, area, touch and put new things into, that so I'm there if people doing here, in the states they're near is one. Of of course is the the, top of the top here, there is so many jazz. Artists from. All, around the world but, there is people I mean in Europe and there is people in Cuba. There is a lot of jump people doing things Incredibles. There unfortunately. Not everyone, is able to take, his art, here but I. Think. That that, I. Don't. Know I don't know for, sure but, we will try we will try to get the yes active. Of course on get attention from more, people I. Have. One last question for you. And it's. About. The, last song that you're, gonna play for us okay, which, I believe is called Hialeah. Oh we just played oh you already played sorry, we always I always chained them the, order the scandal sorry okay well I'm so, yeah. Yeah Hialeah, hi. Elise neighborhood, him in Miami. Where. Where, a lot of Cuban lived there it's like a little Cuba, you go there and these people playing domine on the street music, is loud. People. Are yeah. The. Chair of sugar I'm chicken, also over there so he's, it's almost like Cuba and when I was there my my, first time I was they. Blow, my mind so, I wrote this little piece 404 Hialeah and I call it like that and. What does it mean to you what is Hylian more broadly Miami oh. You. Know in Cuba, we. Will. Listen a lot of bad sense about Miami people, they, are again Cuba, then, again our political, over there and I when first, I first, visit Miami I was I was. Like him at home and I have so many friends over there I have family, friends. This. Is almost cure when I when, I get out from the plane they. Dispatch. Its. They. Are close to the United States right but they they, are almost so. I feel, so well over there and all, the time that I get there I I have a great time so I, love. Miami. Well. I actually think that kind of brings us full circle to. Where we started that your, life's experience. Your, music, is really, testament, to the fact that we, have so, much in common definitely, so much to learn from each other and so much to share back and forth and with the rest of the world so. Thank you for doing that here with us at Google New York my pleasure and you have one more song for us oh yeah.
So, As, I change the let. Me see I think that we're gonna play somebody my brother. The name is Guajira and go here is a kind of. Like. Quite music. From the country. The country those, the countryside of Cuba so like, a country music from Cuba I don't know something, like that so Guajira we're gonna play it for you alright well thank you so much thank you saying so much it's a pleasure. You. You. You.