• June 25-28, 
  • 2020 
  • Central Park

Omar Sosa is a remarkable pianist that never ceases to surprise its audience with a new take on this instrument that, as NPR mentioned in one of their reviews, is “a conduit to spiritual awareness”. Through his music, Sosa explores not just the depths of Afro-Cuban music, but also the journey of one’s spirit through different stages of growth. Maybe that’s the reason why, with every album, the melodies go deeper and deeper into the waters of this travelling spirit.

Four of his albums received Grammy nominations. We’re talking about Sentir (2002), Mulatos (2005) and Eggūn (2013), which have been nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album, and Across The Divide: A Tale Of Rhythm & Ancestry nominated in 2009 for Best Contemporary World Music Album. Besides the award and international recognition, Omar Sosa has had many fruitful collaborations with the likes of drummers and percussionists Steve Argüelles, Julio Barretto, Mino Cinelu; singers Tim Eriksen, Lázaro Galarraga, Marta Galarraga, Will Power, Mola Sylla, the Tenores San Gavino de Oniferi – Sardinia, and Dhafer Youssef; trumpeter Paolo Fresu; and woodwind masters Paquito D’Rivera, Luis Depestre, Leandro Saint-Hill, and Mark Weinstein.

For the eighth edition of Jazz in the Park, Omar Sosa teamed up with JazzyBIT, a jazz band based in Timișoara, Romania, that offers an energetic combination of jazz and rock, scattered here and there with blues, Latin and funk. Although they might have very different backgrounds, there is something that brings these artists together: their passion for music and their playfulness and desire to discover new rhythms, dynamics and musical landscapes.

JazzyBIT are slowly but steadily making their way on the international contemporary jazz scene, already participating in some of the world’s biggest jazz festivals, such as Jarasum International Jazz Festival in South Korea, Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival in Lithuania or Belgrade Jazz Festival in Serbia. All About Jazz referred to them as a band who managed to “channel the successful Esbjörn Svensson Trio combo by bringing a bit of rock attitude to catchy tunes adorned with a melodic lilt. What also caught the ear was their combination of funky rhythms, tight musicianship and witty arrangements.”