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Axel Tosca

Cuban-born pianist Axel Tosca is a dynamic performer known for his genre-bending mix of Jazz, Latin,and Timba music. Born in Cuba in 1983, Tosca grew up in a prestigious musical family. His mother isrenowned Trova singer Xiomara Laugart and his father, folk singer-guitarist Alberto Tosca. Introducedto guitar at age four, Tosca was also playing piano by age seven and soon joined his parents on-stageplaying his rst show at Casa de las Americas. Along with performing with his parents, he attendedmusic school. One of his teachers was Miriam Valdez, the daughter of Cuban piano legends BeboValdez and sister of Chucho Valdez. With this rst-class education, it enabled him to gain a wide rangeof experiences playing with groups like Dennis & Swing, the Afro-Cuban All-Stars, Bobby Carcases,Teresa Garcia Caturla, Jose Miguel Crego, and more. Along with classical music, jazz, and Latintraditions, he also discovered hip-hop and played with The Roots when they toured Cuba. While in CubaTosca not only played with these legends but had won multiple piano competitions before moving tothe United States in 2005 as part of the Havana Nights revue that played for two years at the worldfamous Stardust Casino and Resort, in Las Vegas. His education did not stop there and he soonenrolled in jazz at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Now based in New York, he hasearned plaudits playing in clubs as a solo artist as well as with (U)nity, a richly cross-pollinated jazzband in which he is a founding member.In 2016, he released his debut album, the eponymous Axel Tosca.Included were guest appearances by his Mother, vocalist Xiomara Laugart, trumpeter Keyon Harold,saxophonist Ron Blake, drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, bassist James Genus, percussionist LuisitoQuintero, and others. In 2019 Tosca, a former founding member of (U)nity, performed to a sold-outaudience at Tokyo's Blue Note.Currently, Tosca has worked with George Clinton, BeBe Winans, The Clark Sisters, DJ / Producer /Remixer's Louie Vega and David Morales, Stretch & Bobbito, Mae-Sun, Steve Gadd, Ray Chew, LennyWhite, Pino Palladino, Giovanni Hidalgo, Jocelyn Brown, Karren Wheeler, Monique Bingham, GodwinLewis and J Balvin and Bad Bunny.Tosca was inuenced by a wide range of musical experiences growing up in Cuba. There is no limit forthis visionary pianist.

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