Axel Tosca Laugart was Born on January 27, 1984, in Havana Cuba. Axel is one of the most dynamic young pianists on the scene. Laugart's family influenced his musical interests at an early age. Both his father and stepfather were musicians and his father's guitar playing sparked and early interest in the instrument. He began playing around the age of four,accompanying his parents. Laugart's mother, Xiomara Laugart, is a world-famous singer, whom he still performs with today.At the age of seven,Laugart became interested in the piano. Miriam Valdez, the sister of the virtuoso Chucho Valdez, and Rosa Maia Tolo influenced him. Laugart credits Tolo with helping mature his style and musicality.Laugart benefitted from a wide range of musical experiences growing up in Cuba. Dennis & Swing was a group that Laugart credits for "giving me the real timba groove." Laugart also played with the Afro Cuban All Stars, Teresa Garcia Caturla, Sexteto Sendito, Jose Miguel Crego (known as"El Greco"), George Clinton & parliament Funkadelic, Steve Gadd, Wynton Marsalis, Earth Wind and Fire, Yosvany Terry, Isaac Delgado, Bobby Carcases Group, Louie Vega, Pino Paladino, Steve Gadd, Lenny White, Terron Gully, Stacey Dillard, Pedrito Martinez, Roman Filu, John Benitez, Lenny White, Roy Ayers, Femi kutti, Ravi Coltrane, his Mother Xiomara Laugart,Casey Benjamin, Foley, Manolin El Medico de la Salsa, Manolito y su Trabuco, Gerardo Contino.
It was a fore gone conclusion, that Pianist, Composer, Producer, Arranger Axel Tosca Laugart, was destine to be a musician. Born in Cuba to singer/folkloric songwriter Albert Tosca, and world renown Cuban vocalist Xiomara Laugart, his musical influences were everywhere, and his fate was sealed. His first interest was the guitar, but by the age of 7 he found his calling with the piano. He began his formal training at the prestigious Paulita Concepcion Elementary School of Music and graduated as a teenager from the equally well known Amadeo Roldan Provincial School Of Music. In between at the age of 15,Axel immersed himself in the revolutionary Timba and the Hip Hop music scenes of Havana. Currently Axel lives in New York City and performs extensively with his band (U)nity. He also occupies the Keyboard chair in the band of ALFI Records CEO/Guitarist Albare.
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One of the most dynamic young pianists on the scene is coming to Montenegro! Axel Tosca brings a hypnotic blend of Jazz, Timba and Funk. Born in Cuba to Cuban singer/folkloric songwriter Albert Tosca, and world renown Cuban vocalist Xiomara Laugart, his musical influences were everywhere, and his fate was sealed. Now based in New York, Laugart continues to grow musically. Of his future, he says "my goal is to just keep upgrading my talent and my soul. I love the world."
Watch the attached, as Axel Tosca invites you to 'Made in New York Jazz Festival' - Montenegro 2019
Pianist Axel Tosca, the Cuban-born, New York-based piano virtuoso, brings the music from his self-titled ALFI Records album of contemporary jazz with a global reach to life at a one-night only concert on Thursday, July 28, 7:00 pm, at National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street in Williamsburg/Brooklyn. Making his concert debut as a bandleader while performing the music from his new album live in concert for the first time ever, Tosca will be joined by drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, bassist Josh Crumbly and a host of special guests from around the world.
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Is it almost July already? We're halfway through the year, and we've already heard so much great music. So have our NPR Music colleagues, with whom we've presented our picks for The Best Of The Year (So Far) across all genres. There's so much music and so little time, and it's always hard doing these kinds of lists, so do yourself a favor and consider this a jumping-off point. We're sure you'll like what you hear this week, and hopefully it'll lead you to even more discoveries. Enjoy!
It was a fore gone conclusion, that Pianist, Composer, Producer, Arranger Axel Tosca Laugart, was destined to be a musician. Born in Cuba to singer/folkloric songwriter Albert Tosca, and world renown Cuban vocalist Xiomara Laugart, his musical influences were everywhere, and his fate was sealed. Currently Axel lives in New York City and performs extensively with his band (U)nity. He also occupies the Keyboard chair in the band of ALFI Records CEO/Guitarist Albare. AT's debut release for ALFi makes NPR: Alt. Latino Best Of 2016 (So Far).
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