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Trilogia Ancestros, Vol. 1

Artist:   Sintesis

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Afro-Cuban 2005 8 0
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01  Asoyin
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3:26 arreglo: Carlos Alfonso
02  Eyeleo
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4:32 arreglo: Lucía Huergo
03  Oya
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3:48 arreglo: Carlos Alfonso
04  Baba
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5:49 arreglo: Lucía Huergo
05  Opatereo
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2:55 arreglo: Carlos Alfonso
06  Mereguo
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4:38 arreglo: Lucía Huergo
07  Oduddua
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4:42 arreglo: Carlos Alfonso
08  Titilaye
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5:58 canta: Lázaro Ross, arreglo: Lucía Huergo
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SINTESIS Volume I is composed of modern arrangements of many religious chants and rhythms, brought by slaves from Africa, that feature synthesizers, heavy guitar layers and electronic percussion. Recorded in 1989, by the musicians that formed the group then: Carlos Alfonso, Ele Valdés, Lucía Huergo, Fidel García, José Bustillo and Frank Padilla- with the addition of folkloric master Lázaro Ross as a special musical and spiritual guest.

English: During the month of March 2003 the musical group SINTESIS has been working on its most recent production: the last Volume of ANCESTROS TRILOGY, which will come out to the market under the label Unicornio-Abdala in a deluxe collection. This Trilogy is the compilation of the work carried out by SINTESIS with Afro-Cuban songs of yoruba origin, in magnificent fusion with the creative procedures of jazz, rock and international pop music.

Volume I gathers the topics of "Ancestros", recorded in 1989 by the musicians that formed the group then: Carlos Alfonso, Ele Valdés, Lucía Huergo, Fidel García, José Bustillo and Frank Padilla, with arrangements of Carlos Alfonso and Lucía Huergo, and having Maestro Lázaro Ross as a special guest.

Volume II includes all the themes from the disk "Orishas", recorded in 1997 by the group that formed Carlos Alfonso, Ele Valdés, Fidel García, Esteban Puebla, Equis Alfonso, Raúl Pineda and Víctor Navarrete, having special performances of Luis Conte, Kevin Ricard, Michito Sánchez, Cecilia Noel, Carlitos del Puerto and the raper Charlie 2Ner. The arrangements were made by Carlos Alfonso, Esteban Puebla and Equis Alfonso.

Among the 13 themes of Volume III are some from the disk "Ancestros II" which were recorded with William Martínez, Fidel García and Raúl Pineda in 1993, as well as versions of other themes made with new arrangements. These pieces have been especially recorded for this deluxe edition by the present group, integrated by Carlos Alfonso, Ele Valdés, Esteban Puebla, Equis Alfonso, Oney Cumbá, Yoandy Hernández, Sergio Cardoso, and the young vocalists Madonna Alfonso and Diana J. Fuentes.

Musicians on "Trilogia Ancestros, Vol. 1" By Sintesis:

Carlos Alfonso Voz Solista, Bajo y Coros   Frank Padilla Bateria y Percusión
Ele Valdés Voz solista, Sintetizadores y Coros   Musicos Invitados:
Lucía Huergo Teclados, Coros, Saxos   Lázaro Ross Voz Solista
Fidel García Teclados, Percusión y Coros   Joel Driggs Tambores Batá
José Bustillo Guitarras y Coros      

Español: Desde el pasado 18 de marzo de este año 2003, el grupo SÍNTESIS ha estado trabajando en su próxima producción discográfica: el Volumen III de la Trilogía de Ancestros que saldrá al mercado con el sello UNICORNIO-ABDALA en colección de lujo "Trilogía de ANCESTROS " Volumen I, Volumen II y Volumen III.- En esta Trilogía.... los seguidores del grupo musical SÍNTESIS podrán obtener los tres discos que recogen el trabajo realizado con los cantos afrocubanos de origen yoruba, en magnífica fusión con los procedimientos creativos de los estilos de jazz, rock y pop de la música internacional.- En esta Trilogia:

El Volumen I reúne los temas de "ANCESTROS", grabado en 1989, por los músicos que formaban la agrupación ese año: Carlos Alfonso, Ele Valdes, Lucía Huergo, Fidel García, José Bustillo, Frank Padilla, con los arreglos de Carlos Alfonso y Lucía Huergo y, como invitado especial, el maestro Lázaro Ross.

El Volumen II recoge los temas que conforman el disco "Orishas" grabado en 1997 por el grupo, formado entonces por Carlos Alfonso, Ele Valdés, Fidel García, Esteban Puebla, Equis Alfonso, Raúl Pineda y Víctor Navarrete, teniendo como invitados especiales a: Luis Conte, Kevin Ricard, Michito Sánchez, Cecilia Noel, Carlitos del Puerto y el raper Charlie 2Ner. con arreglos de Carlos Alfonso, Esteban Puebla y Equis Alfonso.

En el Volumen III, conformado por 13 temas, se encuentran algunos de los temas del disco " Ancestros II" que grabaron con William Martínez, Fidel García y Raúl Pineda en 1993, se versionan algunos temas con nuevos arreglos y se incluyen 2 tracks nuevos que interpretan las dos jóvenes vocalistas del grupo: Diana J. y Madonna Alfonso. Estas piezas se han grabado especialmente para esta edición de lujo por los músicos que conforman hoy la conocida agrupación: Carlos Alfonso, Ele Valdés, Esteban Puebla, Equis Alfonso, Oney Cumbá, Yoandy Hernández, Sergio Cardoso , Madonna Alfonso, Diana J. Fuentes.