Cuban pianist Ramon Valle is a seasoned veteran with the explosive energy of a racehorse straight out of the gate. At this pivotal point in his career, Valle is on the runway and primed for TAKE OFF. Ramon’s stage presence is commanding, whether within the ranks of an orchestra or leading a trio. His performances and stage presence are charismatic, his music – intoxicating. No longer a diamond-in-the-rough, he is the perfectly cut gem. “Sometimes I feel like a troubadour,” he says, “because I tell stories, but stories without words.” Under the guidance and Management of world-renown Producer Suzi Reynolds, Valle’s career has been sculpted to not only showcase his versatility as a composer, arranger, and performer of his own works, but on his forthcoming release, also offers his own ‘take-offs’ on the great works of other artists, passionately interpreting the harmonies of Stevie Wonder, the poignant lyrics of Leonard Cohen and the spirit of John Coltrane.
Valle was only seven when he began studying the piano at the Escuela Nacional de Arte in his hometown of Holguín, Cuba. He later completed his advanced studies at the Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana. After establishing himself on the jazz festival scene in Mexico, Bogota and Havana, the great Cuban pianist and founder of Irakere, Chucho Valdés, declared Ramon Valle “The greatest talents among our young pianists,” when introducing Ramon on his debut album, Levitando in 1993. Valle’s original composition, Levitando, has since become a well known Cuban anthem around the world.
A humble man with an infectious smile and authentic artistic nature, Valle has music deep in his soul. The rhythms of Africa that traveled to the Caribbean are entrenched within him, and are a major cornerstone to Valle’s Cuban culture. “Music is like a river,” he says. “You drink as much as your body needs. I take as much as is necessary to nourish the music and to be inspired. I drink from the river.”
Ramon Valle is signed to In+Out Records GmbH, a German-based independent label with distribution throughout Europe, the USA and other international countries. Ramon Valle’s ‘TAKE OFF will be released internationally in March 2015.