AYMÉE NUVIOLA “La Sonera del Mundo” BIO
From the world, for the world.
Once upon a time, music fit neatly into well-defined sections at record stores. Genres like rock, pop, jazz, salsa, tango and classical all had their own artists, audiences and venues. Cuban music though, was always the exception to the rule. For generations, from Ernesto Lecuona to Israel López Cachao and beyond, top Cuban musicians have been able to adjust easily between styles.
From the infectious rhythms of Mambo, Son, Guaracha and Charanga to heart wrenching down tempo genres like Bolero and Fílin, every major Cuban star from Beny Moré to Celia Cruz has prided themselves on this innately Cuban ability to create quality across many genres.
Aymée Nuviola, like Cuba itself, embodies that magical blend. Born into a family of musicians, some of her earliest memories are at the piano, working through melodies between lessons. Later, as she was receiving her classical training at Cuba’s top musical academy, she recalls her fascination with all kinds of music, from Debussy to Bossa Nova.
In her latest production, “Como Anillo Al Dedo” Aymee has seamlessly blended her influences into musical creations and performances that leave listeners thirsty for more.
Aymée’s music is an island without borders, open to the world, friendly, upbeat, smart and willing to share her most personal, intimate truths with the world.
Musical Influences & Mentors
Classical, American Jazz and Pop, Bossa Nova, Cuban Son, Bolero & Fílin
Began playing piano at age 3, Manuel Saumell Conservatory, Havana, Cuba, mentored by legendary Cuban pianist Frank Fernández
Lead Vocal Recordings
Various top-tier Cuban acts including Irakere, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, NG La Banda, Pachito Alonso, and others.
Multi-genre artist with a wide range that goes from the most intense up-tempo Cuban timba dance music, to soulful delicately crafted ballads. Incredibly gifted real-time improviser (sonera), her deep, rich voice is evocative of Sarah Vaughn and has been compared to “the nimble freshness of Billie Holiday”. Her versatile talents allow her to perform across genres, ranging from upbeat salsas, bachata, jazz and boleros, to bossa nova, nueva trova and sultry ballads.
She has performed across the globe including Cuba, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Panama, Brazil, Spain, Italy, France, Hungary, and in various major venues in the United States including Madison Square Garden and others.
Salsa Giants World Tour with Sergio George, Omara Portuondo, Diego El Cigala, Fania All Stars, Chucho Valdés, Gloria Gaynor, Johnny Ventura, Oscar D’León, Rey Ruiz, Cheo Feliciano, Rubén Blades, Amaury Gutiérrez, Luis Enrique, “Guantanamera” of “Playing for Change” and many more. Aymée is a Latin Grammy 2014 and Grammy 2015 nominated with the album “First Class to Havana” (Best Tropical Album) and a featured artist on a few Grammy Winners Albums like “No quiero Llanto” From El Septeto Santiaguero 2016, among others; also, she was nominated to Cubadisco in 2014, 2015, 2016 for best songwriter artist and Best Popular Album with her albums “En la Intimidad”, “First Class to Havana” and “El regreso a la Habana” produced by master Sergio George. In 2015, she was invited to participate in the most important audiovisuals event in Puerto Rico, "EL Especial del Banco Popular". Aymée closed with an homage to Celia Cruz the first "Latinamerican Music Awards" show in 2015 and 2016 with “Bailando todo se olvida” - Single that reached #1 Tropical Billboard List- at the landmark Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, both events brought to the screen by the Telemundo NBC. She also has been involved as an actress and singer in Hollywood Production named "Double Play" Directed by Ernest Dickerson. She was part of the roster of the very prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival of Curacao-2016. She was one of the Highlights artist of the North Sea Jazz Fest in Rotterdam 2017. Also, Aymée has the honor to be the Protagonist in the telenovela about the life of Celia Cruz that will be on air in United States by Telemundo and in 45 other countries plus NETFLIX. She was also selected in 2014 among the 25 most influential figures in Miami by the newspaper NEW TIMES, an event that delivered to her the key of the city of Miami and proclaimed the day of Aymée Nuviola (Feb.10) by the Mayor Tomas Regalado and She was the Firs Afro Latina to lead a Play List in Spotify for the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration in 2017.