|Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Giovanni Hidalgo, Jose Gola, Horacio Hernandez
Volcán, an all-star group featuring the prodigious talents of Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Jose Armando Gola, Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez and Giovanni Hidalgo is the product of years of friendship, respect and a diverse and rich musical heritage. With over 150 albums between them as leaders and sidemen, these highly revered musicians have joined forces to our delight.
Gonzalo Rubalcaba, piano
Giovanni Hidalgo, percussion
Jose Armando Gola, bass
Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, drums
With eight Grammy nominations under his belt, Gonzalo Rubalcaba has undoubtedly proven himself as established force in the modern jazz world. In whatever idiom he works, Rubalcaba's future musical creations will be melodious, rhythmic and exciting. He continues to transform the daily routines of our lives into something more beautiful and significant. Born in 1963 in post-revolutionary Havana, Rubalcaba has become a true icon in the modern jazz world.
JOSE ARMANDA GOLA
Havana native Jose Armando Gola has played bass since the age of thirteen. He attended the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory in Cuba. He plays both upright and electric bass in various settings and has toured internationally, having played at most of the important jazz festivals of the world. Only in his mid-20s, he has worked with Gonzalo Rubalcaba for the past seven years.
HORACIO “EL NEGRO” HERNANDEZ
Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez is a gifted musician who represents a new generation of great players following in the footsteps of countrymen Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Ignacio Berroa and others. Hernandez plays on the cutting edge of today’s music with technical prowess and versatility. His drumming also reflects a proud musical heritage rooted in folklore tradition.
Giovanni Hidalgo was raised in a household surrounded by drums, bongos, congas and timbales. Hidalgo auditioned and was hired by the Batacumbele Band in 1980. In 1981, he traveled with the band to Cuba where he met a musician by the name of José Luis Quintana "Changuito". Together they were able to create a unique style of rhythm and ushered in a new musical era in Latin music. In 1988 Hidalgo joined Dizzy Gillespie's United Nation Orchestra. From 1992-1996, he was an adjunct professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he taught percussion.