David Virelles is no stranger to the international jazz scene, especially when it comes to Halifax Jazz Festival both as a solo performer and with his band, Continuum.
The Cuban-born pianist was seven years old when he started to study music. "I grew up in a musical household so I was around music since I was born," Virelles says. "Sometimes as a little kid you play just for fun. You hit the keys and the next thing you know, you're taking piano lessons."
For Virelles it was the rhythm, the intensity and the musical chops that drew him into the jazz genre, something that he sees reflected in jazz musicians all over the world. "There is always a high level of musicianship that people try to obtain and there is definitely no shortage of that anywhere," he says. "Here in Canada there are some really great musicians that I am lucky to have had the opportunity to play with."
Virelles is familiar with Canadian hospitality since he has travelled extensively through Canada performing. He'll be wrapping up a workshop in Edmonton before coming to Halifax, and after his local show he's off to New York and Italy to teach a jazz camp. "All over Canada, people are very friendly. That is something that I really like. Everywhere you go, people are very hospitable. Everywhere I've been, people are pretty cool."
David Virelles Continuum
Sunday, July 6 at 8pm
Peggy Corkum Music Room