Melbourne Filmoteca Melbourne Filmoteca presents

Playing Lecuona

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To create this odyssey and tribute, the three most distinguished pianists of Latin jazz worldwide join forces to guide us through this musical genre: Chucho Valdés, Michel Camilo and Gonzalo Rubalcaba.

Chucho Valdés in Lechona's native Havana, fuses Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Michel Camilo in New York (where Lecuona met great success and is buried) and in the Canary Islands (where Lecuona’s family has roots) recreates sophisticated sounds. Gonzalo Rubalcaba, in Seville, the heart of Andalusia, Spain, and a source of inspiration for Lecuona, fuses jazz with flamenco.

These three maestros captivate us either with solo performances or accompanied by other extraordinary artists: Omara Portuondo, Ana Belén and Raimundo Amador.


“A very enjoyable musical travelogue. A gift for the senses.”


“A poetic dive into the nature of music, into cultural legacy… brings a Cuban music master to life.”

Miami Herald

WINNER: Best Documentary, Montreal World Film Festival, 2015

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Miami Intl Film Festival, 2015

OFFICIAL SELECTION: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2015

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Istanbul Intl Film Festival, 2015