Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds plus additional artists Aldo Lopez Gavilan, Vusi Mahlasela, Carlos Varela

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds

Sepia toned of Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds sitting on stairs

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds met more than 25 years ago in Charlottesville, VA – before Dave Matthews Band was founded – and have been collaborating ever since. Their rare performances as an acoustic duo allow fans to experience their special chemistry up-close, as they strip down each song to its essence and tell stories. The duo have released three live double-CDs together: 1999’s multi-Platinum Live At Luther College, Live At Radio City (2007) and Live In Las Vegas, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums and Top Rock Albums charts in 2010. They most recently finished a full 2016 summer tour with Dave Matthews Band.

Aldo López-Gavilán

Aldo Lopez-Gavilan
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Praised for his “dazzling technique and rhythmic fire” in the Seattle Times, exalted as “a terrific composer” by The Washington Post, and dubbed “formidable virtuoso” by The Times of London, Cuban pianist and composer Aldo López-Gavilán excels in both the classical and jazz worlds as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber-music collaborator, and performer of his own electrifying jazz compositions. He has appeared in such prestigious concert halls as the Amadeo Roldán (Cuba), Teresa Careño (Venezuela), Bellas Artes (Mexico), The Lincoln Center (U.S.A.), Carnegie Hall and Jordan Hall (U.S.A.), Royal Festival Hall (U.K.), Nybrokajen 11 (Sweden), The Hall of Music (Russia), and Duc de Lombard et Petit Journal Montparnasse (France), as well as venues in Canada, Santo Domingo, Colombia, Spain, Greece, Hong Kong, Burkina Faso, Germany, and Austria.

López-Gavilán has recently being performing in the U.S., appearing at Florida’s Miami Dade County Auditorium, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the San Francisco Jazz Festival, and he completed an ASCAP film music workshop under the direction of Robert Kraft at New York University. He has also toured extensively in Europe, South America, Canada, and the U.S. with Cuban popular singer-songwriter Carlos Varela, for whom he wrote all the string arrangements for an award-winning documentary that was broadcasted by HBO Latino in the U.S.

Aldo has also been playing together with the Harlem Quartet, a GRAMMY winner string quartet founded by his brother and violin virtuoso Ilmar Lopez-Gavilan. They have performed in more than a dozen cities all over the US and will continue touring during the coming year in the US and Canada.

Vusi Mahlasela

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Vusi grew up in the Mamelodi township, just outside of Pretoria, South Africa, where he still resides. Vusi built his first guitar from fishing line and a cooking oil can and taught himself how to play. In 1976, Vusi’s political education began as he witnessed the devastating massacre of more than 200 black South Africans in the Soweto Uprising. Vusi responded through his music, inspiring other musicians and listeners around him. Vusi began to write songs of justice, freedom, revolution, love, peace and life. At the fall of Apartheid, Vusi was signed to Shifty Records/BMG records and finally recorded his first album—a collection of songs he’d been writing his whole life.

Since the release of that first album, Vusi has traveled the globe sharing his songs of truth and hope, and sharing his country’s past and promise for a better future. His albums have received mass critical acclaim and celebrated musicians have taken note of his powerful voice and message. As the LA Times puts it, Vusi is a “rare and mesmerizing musical mind.. with a voice that seems to have few limits.” Vusi has shared the stage with Dave Matthews Band, Sting, Josh Groban, Paul Simon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Hugh Masekela, Angelique Kidjo, Bela Fleck, Ray LaMontagne, Amos Lee and many more.

Carlos Varela

Carlos Varela
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Cuban singer-songwriter Carlos Varela is well-known throughout the Latin world, where he is celebrated for his songs that have been likened to the “essence of a generation.” Uplifting and defiant, at times soothing and at others explosive, Varela is courageously outspoken in the manner of a true revolutionary, albeit one who finds himself in the curious position of being critical of the ongoing revolution in his own country.

His song “Una Palabra” (“A Word”) was chosen by director Tony Scott for the last scene of his film “Man On Fire”, starring Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning, and also by Oscar winner director Alejandro González Iñárritu for his short “Powder Keg”, starring Clive Owen.

To celebrate his career’s 30th anniversary, Carlos invited a group of renowned artists and friends to join him in two legendary concerts in the Teatro Nacional de Cuba in January 2013. Jackson Browne, Ivan Lins, Luis Enrique, Eduardo Cabra (Calle 13), Juan Formell, among others sang Carlos’ greatest hits backed by his band and the Havana Chamber Orchestra.

The concerts inspired Canadian film director Ron Chapman to make ‘The Poet of Havana” a documentary narrated by Benicio del Toro about Varela that has won many awards in film festivals around the world and is now been aired at HBO Latino in the US.

Last year Varela received an Honorary Degree in Law from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in recognition of his musical talent and the importance of his voice inside and outside Cuba.

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