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.
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Issac Delgado

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Havana, Cuba 1980 2 0 0
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El Chévere de la Salsa Cubana! Once a lead vocalist in the cuban trend-setting group 'NG La Banda', Issac is a solo artist with world-wide acclaim.



ENGLISH: Isaac Felipe Delgado Ramirez, a.k.a. El Chevere de la Salsa, was born on September 11th, 1962 in Mariano in the city of Havana. His father, Luis Delgado, was a tailor and his mother Lina Ramirez was an actress, dancer, and singer in the Teatro Musical de La Habana.

Issac's primary school education took place in Ciudad Libertad and at age ten he entered into the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory where he studied the violoncello; an instrument that never interested him much, especially at an age when sports were more important. At age twelve, after leaving his studies of the violoncello behind, he enrolled in the Escuela de Iniciacion Deportiva where he dedicated himself completely to his love of soccer.

Once his university years were completed (1979), Issac entered the Instituto Superior de Cultura Fisica Manuel Fajardo to become licensed in sports. When he turned 18 , Issac joined the group "Proyecto" at the request of the virtuoso pianist, Gonzalo Rubalcaba. The group's music, categorized by the modernization of old popular Cuban music, sparked Issac's innate love for music. It was at this point that he decided to study vocal technique with Mariana De Gonich, one of the best vocal instructors in the country. He also enrolled in the school for professional musicians, "Ignacio Cervantes," where he began to study music seriously.

After a couple of years of performing as an amateur, he launched his professional career in 1983 by becoming one of the members of the Orquestra de Pacho Alonso. It was with this orchestra that he toured internationally for the first time and made his first recording which was produced by CBS in Spain. By the late 80's, Issac Delgado had already toured extensively and performed with famous international figures in Australia, Holland, France, Spain, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Panama, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. In 1988 he became the lead vocalist in the group NG La Banda which was created with the intention of bringing together some of the country's most talented musicians to create a contemporary sound out of the fusion of traditional influences and popular contemporary rhythms. It is in this group that Issac found great popularity and fame throughout the country. He recorded three more CDs with NG La Banda and was awarded the EGREM 1990-1991 prize for being the band with the most technically developed level of music, and for enjoying the most popularity on the island.

Since then, Delgado has maintained his level of popularity not only in Cuba, but the world over. He is considered one of the greatest singers in Cuba and continues to tour internationally.


ESPAÑOL: Issac Felipe Delgado Ramirez nace el 11 de septiembre de 1962 en Mariano, La Habana. Su padre, Luis Delgado, fue sastre y su madre Lina Ramirez, actriz, bailarina, y cantante del Teatro Musical de La Habana.

Su primaria la completa en Ciudad Libertad. A los diez años ingresa en el Conservatorio Amadeo Roldán donde se especializa en el chelo, un instrumento que nunca le fue de mucho interés, especialmente durante una época en que el deporte era más de su afecto. A los doce, luego de abandonar el estudio musical, se traslada a la Escuela de Iniciación Deportiva para entegrarse enteramente a su pasión por el fútbol.

Una vez terminada la universidad (1979), Issac empieza una licenciatura de deportes en el Instituto Superior de Cultura Física Manuel Fajardo. A los 18, se une al grupo «Proyecto», a petición de su amigo virtuoso del piano, Gonzalo Rubalcalba. La propuesta de este grupo, la modernización de la música cubana tradicional, resuscita en Issac un amor profundo hacia la música. A estas alturas decide encarar la técnica vocal junto a Mariana De Gonich, una de las instructoras vocales de mayor renombre en la isla. También se inscribe en la escuela de músicos profesionales «Ignacio Cervantes» donde empieza a estudiar seriamente la música.

En 1983, luego de algunos años de presentarse en calidad de amateur, propulsa su carrera profesional, convirtiéndose en uno de los miembros de la Orquesta de Pacho Alonso. En esta posta cumple una cantidad de giras internacionales y realiza su primera grabación, producida en España por CBS. A fines de los 80, Issac Delgado ya habría viajado extensamente junto a figuras reconocidas a Australia, Holanda, Francia, España, Italia, Checoslovakia, Panamá, Colombia, Mexico y Perú. En 1988 se adjudica el protagonismo, como voz principal de NG La Banda, cuya intención, entre otras cosas, era de reunir lo mejor de Cuba en procura de la fusión de influencias tradicionales y ritmos más contemporáneos. Es en este grupo que Issac se topa de frente con la fama y la popularidad. Graba tres discos con NG La Banda y es al final de su estadía (1990-1991) que la EGREM les otorga los premios de mejor calidad musical y agrupación más popular de la nación.

Desde entonces, Delgado ha consolidado su fama no sólo en Cuba, sino a través del mundo entero. Se lo considera uno de los mejores cantantes de la isla y continúa realizando giras internacionales con su grupo.