Miguel De Armas is a versatile jazz pianist and composer. He weaves strands of Cuban and American jazz influences in a compellingly eclectic way. Born in Havana, Cuba, Miguel studied at the Conservatory Amadeo Roldan and graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte with a Bachelor in Cuban Percussion.
In 1988, he co-founded the acclaimed Cuban band NG La Banda Orchestra with José Luis Cortés and other prestigious Cuban musicians. For over a decade, he toured with this band around the world and performed at world-class Jazz Festivals such as the North Sea, Montreaux, Nice, Nantes, Normandia, Couleur Café, Barranquijazz, Río de Janeiro Film Festival, among others.
In collaboration with other members of NG La Banda, Miguel recorded the award-winning album The New Cuban Jazz Volume I at Marsol Studios, Costa Rica. It was deemed the 1997 Best Jazz Record by Bis Music.
Miguel has recorded over 50 albums, and collaborated with renown Cuban artists such as Chucho Valdes e Irakere, Los Van Van, Pablo Milanés, Compay Segundo. He has performed at the Lincoln Centre in New York and has shared the stage with internationally acclaimed musicians such as: Michel Camilo, Randy Brecker, Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul and The Zawinul Syndicate, McCoy Tyner, Earth Wind and Fire, Take 6, Dominic Miller, David Murray, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Afrocuban All Stars, Danilo Pérez, David Sánchez, Giovanni Hidalgo, George Benson, Wynton Marsalis, Ivan Lins, Clark Terry, Tania Maria, Chico Freeman, Dave Valentin, Sammy Figueroa, Robbie Ammen, Gilberto Gil, Ermeto Pascual.
Now Miguel has brought his musical talents to the city Ottawa, Canada which he considers his adopted home. His hope is to introduce Canadians to the works of an original Cuban talent whose performances are nothing short of a master class in original Cuban jazz rhythms.
Miguel De Armas, the Ottawa based and Cuban born pianist has brought together a powerful and energetic style and at times ideas seem to be flying out from under his fingers almost more quickly than he can fully process them.
With the help of a rhythm team (bassist Marc Decho, drummer Michel Medrano and Arien Villegas on Congas) he manages to keep his feet on the ground and generate lots of inspiring moments during their performance.
Tasty and head turning musical arrangements of the classic Jazz standards, Cuban traditional music as well as from his own, are definitely heating up a bit the Ottawa music scene.