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Saturday, 14 March 2015, 08:08 PM

More about Moncada, Conan, Casino, Life, The Universe, and Everything

Más acerca de Moncada, Conan, Casino, la vida, el universo, y todo

ENGLISH: In Havana, Grupo Moncada (their leader, Jorgé Gómez, was in the first few minutes of the Conan O'Brien special about Cuba), frequently gives concerts at the Jardines del 1830, which has become known as a destination for Casino dancers in that city.   
An interesting piece of the story is that Conan's encounter with Moncada also drew the attention of Rolling Stone, not normally known for showing a deep interest in our part of the musical spectrum. You can check out the Rolling Stone item here.   I doubt that this wlll turn all of  its readers into Casineros overnight, but there is no doubt that it  does help the cause...
Finallyto add a Cuban perspective, you can read a communique from the Press Office of the National Center For Popular Music in Cuba here. 

ESPAÑOL:  En La Habana, Grupo Moncada (su líder, Jorge Gómez, aparece en los primeros minutos del episodio especial  de Conan O'Brien sobre Cuba), da conciertos  con frecuencia en los Jardines del 1830, un lugar que se ha conocido como un destino para los bailarines de Casino en esa ciudad. 
Una parte interesante del cuento es que el encuentro de Conan con Moncada también señaló a la atención de la revista Rolling Stone, normalmente no conocida por mostrar un interés profundo en nuestra parte del espectro musical. Puede ver el item de Rolling Stone (en inglés) aquí. Dudo que este articulo transforme a todos sus lectores en casineros de repente, pero no hay duda que es ayuda a la causa ...
Por último, para añadir una perspectiva cubana, puede leer un comunicado de la Oficina de Prensa del Centro Nacional de Música Popular en Cuba aquí.

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Saturday, 14 March 2015, 05:34 AM

Maykel Blanco y Su Salsa Mayor Tour Starts Today

La Maquina de Cuba in Europe

UPDATE! The audio for the 10th Anniversary concert DVD is now available at iTunes!
Click here to preview and purchase the audio tracks from "Cerrando Filas"

Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor DVD - Cerrando FilasNew DVD Cerrando Filas

Maykel Blanco y Su Salsa Mayor are back in Europe where they will visit 6 countries and play 13 concerts in only 15 days before heading to Martinique to conclude their tour. The first concert will be held tonight in Argenteuil (Paris), France at the Festival Caribedanza. They will also perform in Belgium, Germany,  Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Italy. Click here for the list of concerts

The band has been busy with new songs and finishing the DVD of their 10th anniversary concert from 2014 titled "Cerrando Filas". They have released a few teasers for the DVD and it is definitely on my to-buy list! Salsa Mayor is one of the best live performances you can catch. See for yourself! Or Click here to preview and purchase the audio tracks from "Cerrando Filas"

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015, 03:15 PM

LATIN ON LEX: KILLER LATIN JAZZ LINEUP

NYC March 12-14

SO, if I were in New York, I would be spending the next three nights at 92Y in New York. The poster above shows the tip of the iceberg - Eddie Palmieri takes the first night with the Afro-Caribbean Jazz Octet; the second night is themed New Cuban New York with Yosvany Terry, Gregory Tardy, Manuel Valera, Pedrito Martínez, Hans Glawischnig and Obed Calvaire; the third night, Bolero Meets Jazz, features an all-star 11-piece ensemble (including Xiomara Laugart on vocals and Phil Woods on alto sax)  and a pre-concert talk with Brian Lynch, the Artistic Director of the Festival. Unless there's a power outage, the storm of the decade or an asteroid strike, this should be epic. For complete details and tickets, visit the 92Y event page here. 

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015, 11:33 PM

Global Cuba Fest Part II PLUS:

Jorge Luis Pacheco & Aldo López-Gavilán at Kennedy Center

Also: New Omar Sosa Release

I.  Global Cuba Fest Continues


Yissy García swings into Miami with her new project Bandancha for part 2 of Global Cuba Fest. She'll be at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St., Miami on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14.  Yissy is part of a new wave of Jazz/Fusion groups in Cuba, and this is a don't- miss if you're able to attend. For more information, visit the Fundarte event page

II.  Jorge Luis Pacheco and Aldo López-Gavilán at the Kennedy Center


For those of us who missed Part I of Global Cuba Fest, we can watch two of the pianists playing at the Kennedy Center's  Millennium Stage the next day thanks to their video archive.  To watch the 2-hour concert of Jorge Luis Pacheco and Aldo López-Gavilán, click here

III. New Omar Sosa Album

Omar Sosa has released an interesting new album, ilé, that was recently featured on NPR's First Listen.  You can read Bill Tilford's review here, and Omar's team has also published a very nice EPK preview, which you can view below....

 

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