Press Release World Premiere of Chucho Valdes' THE CREATION - November 5

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County Presents



The World Premiere of

Global superstar celebrates his 80th birthday with a musical history of the Afro-Cuban religion of Santería

Friday, November 5, 2021 at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $45, $55, $75, $125*
Knight Concert Hall

Opens the 2021-2022 Jazz Roots series


Miami, FL – October 22, 2021 – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) is proud to announce the return of its critically acclaimed JAZZ ROOTS series to the Center’s Knight Concert Hall with a world premiere performance by jazz legend CHUCHO VALDÉS (@chuchovaldesmusic) in celebration of his 80th birthday.  The Creation (La Creación), the new work composed by Valdés, features a big band, Afro-Cuban percussion and vocals. A suite in four movements, The Creation explores the story of creation according to the Regla de Ocha, the Afro-Cuban religion known as Santería.

Tickets to JAZZ ROOTS: Chucho Valdés – The Creation are $45 - $125* and may be purchased now at the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at

The Creation was specially commissioned by the Arsht Center in partnership with The Kennedy Center, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, LA Philharmonic and Paris Philharmonie and is expected to be performed in those cities following the world premiere in Miami at the Arsht Center.

“This new work represents the accumulation of all my experiences and everything I’ve learned in music,” says Valdés, who celebrated his 80th birthday in October. “This is a moment of full maturity, personally and musically, and I feel prepared to do this work.”

The Creation represents a return to big-band sonority for Valdés. The pieces include elements of Santería ritual music, African music, the blues and what Valdés describes as “an atmosphere in the style of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew.”

“This work is very significant to me,” Valdés says. “I think it’s my masterpiece — so far.”

Performing with Valdés is the Yoruban Orchestra, featuring Dafnis Prieto on drums; José A. Gola on bass; Roberto Jr. Vizcaino on percussion; Erick Barberia on Bata and vocals; Yosvani González on Bata and vocals; Felipe Sarria Linares on Bata and vocals; Yeni Valdes on vocals; and the UM Frost School of Music Henry Mancini Institute Big Band. Hilario Durán and John Beasley are the musical directors.

Arts Education Program

Jazz Roots: Sound Check, a part of the Jazz Roots series from its inception in 2008, welcomes high school students from Miami-Dade County Public Schools to the Knight Concert Hall for free sound checks, lectures and, on occasion, opportunities to perform with headline artists from the Center’s Jazz Roots concert series. Participants also receive free admission to that evening’s Jazz Roots concert, provided free of charge by the Arsht Center.

Throughout the program’s history, students have participated with jazz legends such as Chris Botti, Chucho Valdés, Candy Dulfer, Aaron Neville and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band to name a few. Click here to watch a behind the scenes video of students experiencing a sound check with the Pete Escovedo Orchestra.

Jazz Roots: Sound Check is made possible in part by EFG; Baldwin Richardson Foods; Alan and Diane Lieberman; Green Family Foundation Trust; Quint Family Foundation; and Hazel Rosen.

JAZZ ROOTS is presented by the Arsht Center with generous support from presenting sponsor EFG. EFG is a global private banking group headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, with regional headquarters in Miami, and the presenting sponsor of other global jazz events, including the EFG London Jazz Festival and EFG Lugano Estival Jazz.

JAZZ ROOTS is also presented with generous support from Baldwin Richardson Foods, Quint Family Foundation, Alan and Diane Lieberman and Steinway & Sons, the official piano of the Adrienne Arsht Center. WDNA 88.9 FM is a media sponsor. 

Arsht Center Commitment to Health and Safety 

The Arsht Center remains deeply committed to the health and peace of mind of our guests, artists and staff. Based on guidance from national and local health officials, masks and proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test are required. Guests may volunteer proof of vaccination in lieu of a negative test. Learn more hereThis event will be seated at full capacity. We will also maintain enhanced cleaning, sanitation and air filtration procedures. Any policy changes will be sent directly to ticketholders and updated regularly at