Aly Tejas is much more than a gifted classical ballet pianist with almost eighteen years experience as an accompanist. She comes from a family of musicians: older brother Robin is an accomplished saxophonist currently in Canada, and her sister Annie is a concert pianist, to name just a few. Aly’s musicality is deeply rooted in her traditional Cuban music, music that is known for being not only rhythmically intricate but also melodically contagious. She has performed with artists such as Latin Grammy® nominated singer-songwriter Victor Romero and Cuban songstress Mirtha Medina, as well as with numerous other Latin and variety bands.
Aly is currently a full-time ballet accompanist at the renowned Boston Ballet, playing both for the school and the company. She is also teaching a first-ever fully online course on piano accompaniment for the Sociedad Liszt Kodaly University in Spain. She has worked in several ballet and dance schools in her native Cuba, such as the Ballet Nacional de Cuba (Alicia Alonso's company), as well as in the South Florida area, including the prestigious New World School of the Arts College, the Miami CIty Ballet, the Conchita Espinosa Academy, and the Martha Mahr School of Ballet. And in early 2011 one of Aly's original compositions was featured in the Hollywood film "Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son."
For those of you who don’t know what’s involved in accompanying ballet classes, it is important to understand that there is a relationship between pianist and dancer that should be both technical and musical. The grace of the notes played helps the dancer express, through his movement, the beauty of classical ballet. The pianist must know the rhythm and style of each exercise in order to help the instructor and his class accomplish their goals. Add to all that an attempt to produce beautiful music both melodically and harmonically so as to inspire the dancers, and voila! You’ve got Aly’s ballet CDs.
Although Aly’s recorded musical productions are music for ballet class, expect to see other types of recordings in the future, as well as a follow ups to these. Whether you are a classical, jazz, or timba fan, you are guaranteed to get lost in this talented pianist’s sweeping melodies and emotional performance.