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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....
GLOBAL CUBA FEST PLUS: WHO IS THAT MAN?
GLOBAL CUBA FEST MÁS: ¿QUIÉN ES ESE HOMBRE?
ENGLISH: Global Cuba Fest begins in Miami Saturday, March 7 with a don't-miss lineup featuring a marathon of some of Cuba's superb young pianists (Harold López-Nussa, Aldo López-Gavilán and Jorge Luis Pacheco) followed by Volcán with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Horacio El Negro Hernández, Giovanni Hidalgo and Armando Gola. A Latin Fusion group from Switzerland, Lariba, closes the show. It continues on Saturday 13-14 with Yissy García and Bandancha, an exciting new project in the current music scene in Cuba. Bill Tilford interviewed Yissy, who is in DC March 7, via telephone earlier this week, and you can listen to that (in Spanish) by clicking here. Yissy's YouTube channel is here and worth visiting.
Fundarte's page is here.
ESPAÑOL: Global Cuba Fest comienza en Miami el sábado 7 de marzo con una "no se lo pierda" colección de artistas ofreciendo un maratón de algunos de los pianistas jóvenes magníficos de Cuba (Harold López-Nussa, Aldo López-Gavilán y Jorge Luis Pacheco), seguido de Volcán con Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Horacio El Negro Hernández, Giovanni Hidalgo y Armando Gola. Un grupo de fusión latina desde Suiza, Lariba, cierra el espectáculo. Global Cuba Fest continúa 13-14 de marzo con Yissy García y Bandancha, una nuevo proyecto emocionante en la escena musical actual en Cuba. Bill Tilford entrevistó a Yissy, que está en DC el 07 de marzo, a través del teléfono a principios de esta semana, y para escuchar la entrevista, haga clic aquí. El canal de Yissy en YouTube está aquí y vale la pena visitar.
La página de Fundarte está aquí.
L: Jorge Gómez, R: Bill Tilford, La Habana, Cuba, May 2014
ENGLISH: If you happened to watch the Conan O'Brien episode about his trip to Cuba, you would have seen him handling a guitar in the presence of a bandleader during the first few minutes. That bandleader was Jorge Gómez of Grupo Moncada, who is also a man who helped Bill Tilford get around during Cubadisco 2014. You can see a photo gallery and learn a little more about the group here.
ESPAÑOL: Si le pasó a ver el episodio de Conan O'Brien sobre su viaje a Cuba, habría visto a Conan manejando una guitarra en la presencia de un líder de una banda durante los primeros minutos. Ese líder de la banda es Jorge Gómez del Grupo Moncada, que también es un hombre que ayudó a Bill Tilford a ir a muchos lugares durante Cubadisco 2014. Puede ver una galería de fotos y aprender un poco más sobre el grupo aquí.
Havana Rhythm & Dance Festival
Honors Chuck Silverman
The 2015 Havana Rhythm and Dance Festival begins tomorrow at 8:30 pm at Teatro Mella with a tribute to drummer Chuck Silverman, who passed away unexpectedly almost a year ago. Chuck was well-known to many of the writers and readers here at Timba.com. He was a great educator and driving force behind Afro-Caribbean rhythms in drumming. Participating in this opening show and tribute are Afrocuba de Matanzas and guests; Osaìn del Monte and Rodney Barreto; Jeff Coffin`s Big Band Project and Yoruba Andabo. Havana's annual festival of drumming and dance under festival president Giraldo Piloto is a must-see event. Click here for the full program.
CUBAN MUSIC NEWS FEBRUARY 28 2015
YISSY GARCIA TOUR, GLOBAL CUBA FEST AND MORE
YISSY GARCIA AND BANDANCHA US TOUR
This is another of the new wave of modern Cuban music groups that are mixing Cuban music, Funk, Jazz Hip Hop and other genres successfully. Yissy's group is also interesting for other reasons - their next album will be crowdfunded, and this may open the door for more of this activity by Cuban artists if all goes well. They just finished in New York, will be in Knoxville, then off to DC, then Miami. Here's a taste of recent New York concert from Yissy's You Tube channel:
GLOBAL CUBA FEST COMES TO MIAMI
March 7, 13, 14; April 11, 2015
Miami Dade County Auditorium and The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse
Opening night, March 7, features a marathon of some of Cuba's superb young pianists (Harold López-Nussa, Aldo López-Gavilán and Jorge Luis Pacheco) followed by Volcán with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Horacio El Negro Hernandez, Giovanny Hidalgo and Armando Goia. A Latin Fusion group from Switzerland, Lariba, closes the show. This should be an explosive evening. Yissy comes in on March 13-14, and Omar Sosa comes in on April 11. For complete details, visit the Fundarte website here.
The Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage in Washington DC will have the Harold López-Nussa, Aldo López-Gavilán and Jorge Luis Pacheco part of the program on March 8.
We recently mentioned Septeto Santiaguero's forthcoming release, No Quiero Llanto - Tributo a Los Compadres. Word has it that the Septeto will be premiering a video at Billboard Latin on April 28 followed by official release on May 12. Stay tuned.
Finally, Chicago musician/bandleader Lise Gilly went to Jazz Plaza 2014 in Havana with several other musicians including Andrea Brachfeld. Lise was kind enough to write about her trip, and you can read her impressions of Jazz Plaza here.