Born and raised in the Camaguey province of Cuba,
Yosvany received his earliest musical training from his father, Eladio "Don
a violinist and Cuba’s leading player of the chekeré.
Yosvany went on to study classical music, graduating from both the
prestigious National School of Art (ENA) and Amadeo Roldan Conservatory.
While in Cuba, Yosvany was known for his musical
innovation, performing with legends such as Chucho Valdez, Silvio
Rogriguez, Fito Paez, and Cubanismo. Yosvany also formed the influential
group, Columna B, which represented the new voice of young Cuban
jazz players: “Columna
B became this limitless work-shop, where everything could be tried
and experimented with. We learned how to polish and develop our
craft in a very special and intuitive sense," comments Terry. Columna
B toured throughout the US and Europe, and in 1998 premiered their
Inroads Commissioned-piece by Arts International (through the Ford
Foundation) at the Stanford Jazz Festival.
Yosvany came to New York in 1999, and was immediately
recognized as a "spectacular talent" in the jazz scene,
playing with Roy Hargrove, Steve Coleman, Eddie Palmieri, Dave Douglas,
Jeff "Tain" Watts,
Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, and Avishai Cohen. “My
move to New York represented an incredible time of growth as a musician.
It gave me access to so much information and the opportunity to meet
and work with talented musicians from all over the world."
Always a student, Mr. Terry has absorbed and incorporated
American jazz traditions with his own Afro-Cuban roots. His compositions
and solo work range from the rhythmic and hard-driving avant-garde
to sweet sounding lyricism. Yosvany Terry's voice and style are unique
and complex, marrying Cuban and American musical traditions to create
a new and exciting sound.
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