Heat up the Kimmel Center each month at La NOCHE! Experience the hottest live bands as you turn up the steam on the dance floor, led by host/dance leader Kevin Ngo.
Each month, we kick off the party with The La NOCHE Band, led by master percussionist Arturo Stable. We then welcome a different guest group to light up the floor.
Join us this special month for a celebration of Cuban music featuring The La NOCHE Band, led by Cuban percussionist Arturo Stable, as well as 2 very special guest Cuban singers and musicians, Ariacne Trujillo Durand and Yusa Lopez Bridon!
Ariacne Trujillo Durand
Grammy Nominee Ariacne Trujillo was born in Havana, Cuba where she began her career as a child prodigy concert pianist. Blessed with perfect pitch, she was graduated from Cuba’s competitive ISA conservatory while working as a singer and dancer at the legendary Cabaret Tropicana. Since arriving in New York City in 2002, Ariacne has performed and/or recorded with Paul Simon, Paquito D’ Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, Danny Rivera, Jonny Pacheco, John Scofield, Brian Lynch, Esperanza Spalding and Savion Glover.
Yusa Lopez Bridon
Yusa (Yusimil Lopez Bridon) was born in the Buena Vista district and grew up in the modern Alamar housing community of east Havana. Yusa started playing guitar at the age of six and went on to Cuban tres guitar and also taking piano and bass. Her work has been influenced by years spent jamming in the hallways and classrooms of the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory exchanging musical ideas with contemporaries such as Roberto Carcasses, who has arranged many of her songs. Yusa was also part of the improvising female quintet Quasi-Jazz at that crucible of Cuban music, El Zorro y el Cuervo, the basement night club on Havana´s central La Rampa street which has been at the cutting edge of Cuban jazz since the early 20th century. Now Yusa is admired and known as a highly talented arranger, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, tres, bass and piano/keyboards in various son, jazz, rock and acoustic duo combinations.