Pianist Axel Tosca Presents Music from His New Self-titled CD
at The Zinc Bar TONIGHT
The Zinc Bar
82 West Third Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 477-ZINC (9462)
Set Times: 8:00 pm and 9:30 pm
Cover Charge: $15.00
Tosca was born into a musical family. His mother is internationally-acclaimed singer Xiomara Laugart, known as “The Voice of Cuba.” His father is singer/songwriter Albert Tosca. Since the age of seven, when Axel shifted his focus from guitar to piano, he has absorbed a variety of musical styles from Cuban hip hop to Latin jazz through studies at some of Cuba’s most prestigious music schools. After relocating to the United States in 2005, he performed for two years in the Las Vegas show “Cuban Night.”
Though steeped in jazz traditions, Axel doesn’t look like a cerebral jazz composer in a dark flannel suit. With a shock of day-glow yellow hair (or sometimes red) standing straight up and a matching goatee pointed straight down, he looks more like a madcap scientist experimenting with things that could potentially bubble up. “Axel Tosca” is a clearly thought out, richly-scored addition to contemporary jazz, incorporating beats from around the world woven into soulful, melodic and complicated structures.
The nine tracks on “Axel Tosca” are a virtual culinary tour of Latin America, Africa, Asia and American funk rhythms. They include “Accent,” “Siboney,” “One for Grew,” (by Robert Glasper), “Fulani in Love,” “Hologram,” “Afri Asia,” “Estrella,” “Vibe” and “Rio.”
For tickets and more information, go to www.zincbar.com or call (212) 477-ZINC.
For more information on Axel Tosca and ALFI Records, please visit www.alfirecords.com.