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Since Barack Obama and Raul Castro took their famous handshake in 2014, Cuba and its vibrant and spirited music have once again taken centre stage.

While the rich and varied genres of Cuban music styles feed the inspiration of the saxophonist and versatile instrumentalist, Eldis La Rosa, his true passion lies in Latin Jazz.

He allows European and African elements to flow into his subtle and nuanced compositions, and takes his audience away from the Cuban musical clichés of Salsa and „Buena-Vista-Social-Club“.

Eldis moved from Cuba to Vienna in 1997 and he has since been playing extensively on Austrian and European stages. Through his introspective interpretations he succeeds in looking into one’s soul without the music losing its Caribbean flavour.


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Mit kubanischer Musik – seit dem Handschlag zwischen US-Präsident Barack Obama und Kubas Staatschef Raúl Castro erneut im Trend – assoziert man Salsa und andere karibische Rythmen. Nicht zuletzt durch den immer noch tourenden „Buena-Vista-Social-Club“ ist selbst der traditionelle Son nicht nur Musikexperten ein Begriff.

Für den Saxophonisten und Multi-Instrumentalisten Eldis La Rosa ist das Rohmaterial die vielfältige Musik Kubas. Seine wahre Leidenschaft gilt aber dem Latin Jazz. In seine feingliedrigen und nuancierten Kompositionen lässt er europäische und afrikanische Elemente einfliessen und zeigt seinem Publikum statt den üblichen Kubaklischees die andere Seite der Medaille.

1997 kam Eldis La Rosa aus Kuba nach Wien, spielte in vielen heimischen Bands, ehe er zusammen mit seinem Dreamteam eigenes künstlerisches Profil zeigen konnte. Mit seinem introspektiven Saxophonspiel gelingt es ihm, seelische Tiefe auszuloten, ohne dass die Musik an karibischer Leichtigkeit verliert.

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Born in Santiago de Cuba, Eldis started his musical education at the age of seven and graduated at the Conservatory Esteban Salas and the Escuela Profesional de Música (Saxophone and Percussion). He played in numerous Cuban bands (Edición Sonera, Los Kinnin, La Orquesta del Cabaret Tropicana) and was a member of the Brass Band of Santiago de Cuba, the oldest cultural institution in the city. In Havana he taught at the Escuela Nacional de Artes (ENA) and worked as musical arranger for the renowned Saxophon Quartet HabanaSax.

In the late nineties he moves to Vienna where he has been working for almost twenty years as a musician and arranger in a wide range of musical styles and with numerous artists including among others Alegre Correa, Martin Lubenov, Otto Lechner, Heavy Tuba, Dorretta Carter. 

He has been invited to perform at well-known national and intentional clubs and festivals such as Jazz an der Donau, Jazzfest Vilshofen, Vienna Jazzfest, Trigon Jazz Festival Chisinau, Festival Internacional Jazz Plaza La Habana, Woodstock Festival Poznan, Festival Wellenklänge, DonaufestivalPorgy & Bess, Sargfabrik, Szene Wien, Konzerthaus, Musikverein, Radiokulturhaus, Metropol, Spielboden). He has moreover performed in theaters (Burgtheater, Ronacher, Orpheum Theater Graz) and currently works with the great Austrian luthier Hans Tschiritsch, the American Tuba player Jon Sass and with his own band, the Eldis La Rosa Group.

Besides touring live, he has recorded many studio albums and for his children project Parampampin he received the Cubadisco price for the best CD in the category Children’s Music He was also guest of honor of the Radio & TV Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of Poland Warsaw.

Eldis is in great demand as saxophone and percussion instructor and has given workshops at several prestigious music institutions such as the Jazz Summer Academy in Krakow.

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