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Monday, 19 September 2011, 04:55 PM

Cuban Music Spotlight for Film & TV Producers

Cuban Music Spotlight - Industry Mixer - Latin music for music supervisors, film directors & composers, video producers - Los AngelesA unique event for anyone with a professional interest in Latin music for audio and video production, clearances, original scores or broadcast.

7-10pm Sunday, September 25 
Bleicher/Golightly Gallery
1431 Ocean Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90401

Top-tier TV show music departments looking for Latin music will be invited, including Charlie’s Angels, Dexter, Burn Notice, The Glades, CSI: Miami, Bad Mom, The River and Apartment 23.  Plus, connect with a who’s who of Latin music publishers who control *synch and master rights* for everything from crucial alternative and mainstream Latin releases, to perennial classics like Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Willie Colón.  

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get a 20% discount by using latinpulsemedia as your discount code

Easy $5 lot parking on 2nd street Tickets and info: www.artofmusicla.com
For additional info, media passes and interviews contact:
Peter Petro / peter@mandevillestudios.com / 310.430.5096

The Art of Music is a groundbreaking series that presents criminally overlooked specialty music for film and TV -- giving music supervisors, film composers, film directors and other professionals a unique chance to explore niche music styles, learn about upcoming projects and forge new relationships in a collaborative environment.

Join us Sept. 25 for “Cuban B-sides” featuring Cuban masters Son Mayor performing changui (similar to the son that made Buena Vista Social Club famous, but with a more haunting, percolating texture). Orquesta Charangoa rounds out the night with their lively charanga -- unique with its earthy wooden flute and violins, yet extremely useful for all-purpose “Latin” score cues.

This event is a MUST for anyone with an interest in Latin music for audio and video production, clearances, original scores or broadcast.

Beyond the performances, all attendees get a copy of the Latin Music Resources handbook and a chance to win raffle prizes including a set of handcrafted Cuban bongos, a free mastering session from Michael Lazarus (Burn Notice, Little Girl Lost), two full album downloads from Timba.com, albums from Smithsonian Folkways renowned Latin collection, a copy of My Seductive Cuba (a newly released 328-page travel guide to Cuban arts and culture) and more. Handmade Cuban instruments will also be for sale at wholesale prices. 

For additional info, media passes and interviews contact:

Peter Petro / peter@mandevillestudios.com / 310.430.5096

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Saturday, 17 September 2011, 07:39 PM

This Year's Bamboleo

Yemaya's Verse has a great concert report from Havana on the revamped Bamboleo which "resembles the band of yore", which for me is just what the doctor ordered! They're supposed to tour Europe in March. Still no rumors on La Yuma but hope springs eternal.

In book news, I'm almost done with the second Pupy Pedroso book and will move on to Alain Pérez and Beyond Salsa Bass after that. Also on the bass front, Cherina Mastrotones is working on her second book on Feliciano Arango, who should be making it to Boston sometime this year, knock on wood. [Kevin Moore]

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Friday, 16 September 2011, 02:01 PM

Hermanos Arango Update

Guanabacoa Social Rumba

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Los Hermanos Arango rehearse in Guanabacoa photo by Patrick Bonnard

Although they were billed at a number of sites, including here, as performing at the Beantown Jazz Festival in Boston this month, Feliciano Arango informs us that due to a great enthusiasm for Los Hermanos Arango in Boston, their trip has been delayed in order to arrange a larger event. With any luck Los Hermanos Arango will be in the US for a full-fledged tour. If you happen to know any promoters in your area, drop them a line and tell them you want to see Los Hermanos Arango live in your city!

Photographer Patrick Bonnard visited the Arangos this spring and told us about how the collaboration between Los Hermanos Arango and Berklee came about. "Professor and saxophonist Neil Leonard brought his students to Cuba last December and visited the homes of Chucho Valdés and Los Hermanos Arango. They returned in May and gave a concert, this time together with Los Hermanos Arango in La Casa de Las Americas." The Vice-President of Berklee College was in attendance and invited Los Hermanos Arango to Boston, which culminated in the current discussions about bringing the band to El Yuma. Here is an article written by Frank-John Hadley in Downbeat magazine about the visit to Cuba.

Although it would have been great to see them this month in Boston, we can console ourselves with hopes of a larger tour  to come. Feliciano also informs us that Los Hermanos Arango will soon release a new DVD featuring a collaboration with the stars of Cuban folkloric music. For this recording they invited five founders of Conjunto Folklorico Nacional who range from 80 - 90 years old. This is the beginning of what they are calling the Guanabacoa Social Rumba, where they will be performing all of the Cuban folkloric genres with the greatest exponents of each genre. This sounds like an amazing and brilliant project and I can hardly wait to see the first fruits!

For a taste of their music check out the Los Hermanos Arango channel at YouTube. Here is a little teaser: a song for Oyá including a bass solo by Feliciano Arango winner of the Timba.com Best Timba Bassist Award. And if you are inspired to delve more deeply into the bass style of Feliciano Arango, check out the book "CUBAN TIMBA: A Contemporary Bass Technique" by Feliciano Arango and Cherina Mastrantones. It is available in both Spanish and English.

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Tuesday, 13 September 2011, 04:12 AM

Cuba Antwerpen Indoor Festival - Now Accepting Submissions

100% Cuban Music Festival in Belgium - March 17, 2012

Cuba Antwerpen Indoor Festival -Arenberg Theater, Antwerpen, Belgium- Saturday, March 17, 2012 The Cuba Antwerpen Indoor Festival -a Cuban music festival hosted by the Arenberg Theater in Antwerpen, Belgium- will take place on Saturday, March 17, 2012.

Click here to listen to Radio Timba to check out the festival title track "Cuba Antwerpen" by Contrabando, saluting all their favorite timba djs and websites. 

Currently on the roster are:
1) Bárbara y el Vaivén Cubano
2) Contrabando featuring Jesús Alemañy (Cubanismo)
3) DJ Rubio, DJ Samurai & DJ Pepe

The festival is currently accepting submissions from Cuban music groups and urban music artists (cubatón, timbatón, reguesón). For more information please email your press kit to Andrés Fernández Ordóñez at afopaisa2 [at] hotmail [dot] com

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