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Beyond Salsa Piano is a history and anthology of the role of the piano in the Cuban rhythm section – from its first appearance to the present. In a broader sense, it’s a study of the tumbao – the art of creating music from layers of repeating rhythmic and melodic phrases. Whether these syncopated figures are called tumbaos, guajeos, montunos, riffs or vamps, this Afro-Cuban concept lies at the heart of nearly every popular music genre from salsa to rock , funk, R&B, hiphop and jazz.

While presented as a set of method books, the series doubles as a history course and record collecting guide for listeners, dancers, and players of instruments other than the piano.

Perhaps the most important goal of the series is to provide a comprehensive understanding of how tumbaos are constructed, their central role in the texture of Latin music of all eras, and the endless possibilities they provide for creative composing and arranging.

Featured Artists 2011-2009

Here's an archive of our FEATURED ARTISTS. All links are active. Click on any image to visit. To view our past featured artists please scroll down to the bottom of this page.

SBS Abel Namá | March 11, 2011

Iris Sandra | January 4, 2011

Limpia Timpanos (Yaimir Jiménez Pitit) | August 18, 2010
Limpia Timapanos - Yaimir Jiménez Pitit

Caribbean Classics | September 20, 2009
Timba Cubana en Vivo Excelente colección de Puerto Rico Elito Revé y su Charangón Materia Prima de Puerto Rico Clásicos de la música cubana

Patje | May 4, 2009

Bobi Cespedes | February 10, 2009
bobi cespedes patakin bobi cespedes patakin

Bartolo u su Sátira Política | October 16, 2008
Bartolo - El Elector Indigno