Aruán Ortiz @ iBeam Feb 13-15

The Cuban pianist spent plenty of time honing ideas as a sideman, and it’s paid off. Almost every time you catching him in a leadership role there’s something intriguing going down. This three-night residency in the cozy Gowanus space reveals three new Ortiz ensembles, and each has its attractions. Hearing him with singer Fay Victor and guitarist Rez Abbasi in discrete groups should be fun, but it’s likely the Analytical Symmetry foursome that boasts Alessi, Attias, and Fujiwara might be the most seductive. Like their boss for the evening, each has knack for juxtaposing dissonance and lyricism.
The above performance is from his Orbiting Quartet, due Saturday night.
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