LA TIMBA LOCA (United States)
Founded in May 1998 Boston, Massachusetts- Directed by arranger &
pianist Gonzalo Grau, the project combines three objectives: to recover
themes considered “classical” of latin music with arrangements-
in a modern style; present original material exploring music that
will allow to create timba rhythem. Last but not least, to incorporate
in music other propositions such as theather, braking the mold and offering
a product totally unique and innovative. Their debut gave birth to one
of the first bands representing that style of music away from our country.
They performed in England's most important festivals & night clubs.
In 2001 they signed a contract with the venezuelan record company Carijazz-
a year later their first album "Más allá de La Habana"
Months later, they toured and performed in Australia's House of the Opera.
Also performing in the Global Village Festival in Sydney Australia.They
are currently working on their second album. The group is made up of 11
musicians proceeding from Venezuela, Puerto Rico, United States, Costa
Rica, Holland, Greece & Brazil, a wonderful mix of cultures contributing
to the "crazy" sound of a age in music "timbear".
KACHIMBA 1551. (Japan)
Taro Oshiro,The leader of this band created this group in 1998.
A combination of singers, base players, pianist, percusionist, trombon
& trompet players, the grupo Kachimba 1551 visit us for the first
time in april 2001 – by special invitation from “Los Naranjos”
the well known cienfueguera group, to participate in the celebration of
the 75th anniversary.
That same year they came out with their CD "Va a pasar" and
in 2002 they came back for a second ocassion to record with the cienfueguera
group two songs featured in their album. This year they are recognized
by the wide range of professional work: They toured Japan and will now
perform in the International Festival of popular Music Benny More..and
present their third album titled: "Salud", and will give them
the oportunity to be recognized in our country.
CLAUDIA ACUÑA (United States)
After seven years abroad, Claudia Acuña returns to Chile and is
considered the most important jazz singer in the history of that country.
She arrived to the capital of Chile to captivate the country with her
talent. In 1995 she moved to York where she began her popular career.
In the Album, "Wind from the south", where she sings in spanish,
Claudia explores her latin roots. This album was recorded in junction
with musicians that performed with her previously.
Her productions have standards & original themes, alternating fom
anglo and latin composers and she was the author of various work of art
like "Alfonsina y el mar", "Prelude to a kiss" &
"My manos gone now", among others. She proved her talent in
"Rhythm of Life". and competed toe to toe with the best jazz
players of all times. The latest project includes "Volver a los 17",
adventurous version whos translation was done to the beat of cuban son.
She travels world wide with her group and has performed on stages from
all over the world, were she always gives us her beautiful voice.
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