Doris Duke Artist Award, 2015
New York, NY
Yosvany Terry has played a pivotal role in defining the sound of Afro-Cuban jazz in the new century. He received his earliest musical education from his father, legendary Cuban chekeré master and violinist Eladio “Don Pancho” Terry. He graduated from the National School of Arts and Amadeo Roldán Conservatory in Havana before moving to New York, where he soon performed alongside Roy Hargrove, Steve Coleman, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba. He has received grants from the French American Jazz Exchange (2014), the MAP Fund (2013), and Chamber Music America (2009), among others. His latest release, the GRAMMY Award-nominated New Throned King (5Passion, 2014), features music based on Arara cantos and rhythms and has been called the “musical culmination of his spiritual exploration” (All About Jazz). In 2015, he will premiere the music of the opera Makandal, with libretto by Carl H. Rux, at Harlem Stage, and his latest project Ancestral Memory will premiere at Yerba Buena Garden Festival.