Winner of the 2014 Doris Duke Impact Award, Aruán Ortiz, an avatar of creative and progressive improvisation, is an acclaimed pianist and composer who has performed and/or recorded with Esperanza Spalding, Greg Osby, Terri Lyne Carrington, Oliver Lake, Don Byron, Rufus Reid, Wadada Leo Smith and Wallace Roney, just to name a few. This prolific recording artist, has finally become a leading force to watch in the international jazz scene, thanks to his robust new trio album "Hidden Voices" featuring Eric Revis on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums.
"Aruán Ortiz weaves multiple strands of tradition through his music, with an endgame of deep mystification. A pianist originally from Cuba, he has been a creative force at least since the release of his debut album 20 years ago. But he’s moving into a new tier with “Hidden Voices,”… An imposingly assured album informed both by folkloric Afro-Cuban custom and the postwar jazz avant-garde, it officially introduces his lean, watchful trio with Eric Revis on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums." – Nate Chinen, NY Times