David Chesky


Three-time Grammy nominee David Chesky has earned great respect for his fresh and unique approach to musical compositions, which span the jazz and classical genres. Captivating audiences around the world, The New York Times raves, “Chesky combines a gritty sophistication with street-level energy and currents of exotic folkishness.” As a composer of orchestral works, operas and ballets, an author of children’s books, a jazz pianist and a world-renowned innovator of audio technologies, Chesky redefines the role of a modern-day renaissance man. Critics describe his music as “highly individualistic,” “memorable,” “dynamic” and “exotic.”

David Chesky’s The Abreu Danzas, featuring the Orchestra of the 21st Century and soprano Larisa Martinez, debuts on August 21 in North America and October 15 in Europe. It will also be available on all major digital music platforms. Layering brass, woodwinds, and strings, Chesky constructs visceral rhythms and melodic passages which, as stated in the liner notes, “suggests a walk in the neighborhood, music, and the sounds of life pouring out of open windows. The tempos, the muscular groupings, and the dynamics give the pieces an unapologetic, in-your-face attitude —the Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian rhythms give them an emotional underpinning.”

Utilizing Afro-Cuban and Brazilian musical gestures and style, while encapsulating the complexity, whirlwind pace, and ceaseless vitality of New York, Chesky has created a musical snapshot of a distinctly Latin New York City, fusing together aural elements of his past and present. Chesky states in the liner notes: “There’s a certain energy here. It’s ‘Let’s go!’ ‘C’mon! What are you waiting for?’ And I believe classical music has to have these elements, this urgency, this passion. That’s what I’m trying to capture in the rhythms, in the energy of these pieces.”