"Vivencias en Clave Cubana" is the debut solo album of Cuban cuatro master Kiki Valera, a member of the Familia Valera Miranda, a century-old group and one of the most important purveyors of the Son Cubana. While completely dedicated to the performance of traditional Cuban music, Valera was exposed to Pat Metheny, Wes Montgomery and Chick Corea through cassette tapes while in school and those jazz inspirations elevate the quality of his cuatro solos in subtle and beautiful ways. Joined here by childhood friend, reknowned Cuban vocalist Coco Freeman, Valera and his exciting ensemble pair 12 original songs with beautiful instrumental work in ways that will make you dance, laugh, and possibly shed a tear. Cuba's traditional music has a history of constant evolution from its very beginnings. With "Vivencias en Clave Cubana," Kiki Valera continues in that spirit.
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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Artist:   La Bola

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Timba 2009 10 0


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Audio album download includes album tracks, liner notes and cover art.
All audio tracks in MP3-VBR format. About LPM album downloads.
# Name Play Time Info
01  Llego La Bola
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5:15 Ariacne Trujillo, Aryam Vázquez piano & vox, congas
02  Entre ella y yo
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6:21 Nyack Rivers, Richie Leyva keyboards, bass
03  Olvidarte
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6:59 Víctor García Herreros, Alberto Rodríguez drums, güiro
04  Sola Solita
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7:04 Itai Kriss, Eddy Venegas flute, violin
05  Aprendiz
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6:04 Alex Heitlinger, Raúl Navarrete trombones
06  Despues de ti
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5:28 Matt Plummer, Jonathan Powell trombone, trumpet
07  Timba con conocimiento
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5:03 Lid Ferrera, Gilberto Velazquez vocals
08  Tipo asi
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7:40 Lalo Cossio, Rolando Satterwhite vocals, violin
09  Silencio
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5:33 José “Pepito” Gómez, Pedro Domech voz, coro
10  Pa que me criticas
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6:24 Aarón Halva, Jacobo Plasse tres, electric guitar
Debut release from NYC's timba frontrunners "La Bolá" offers the talents of conguero Aryam Vazquez along with pianist, musical director, lead vocalist and composer Ariacne Trujillo. Guest stars include José “Pepito” Gómez on lead vocals (tracks 2, 5, 10) and Pedro Domech on coros. This LPM version has been DIGITALLY ENHANCED (DE) and is available only here.

Press on LA BOLÁ

"Distinct, different and refreshingly Cuban, very Cuban" - El Especialito

"This band rocks. Period!" - New York Times

"Original modern Cuban music at its best. A groove that puts you in a trance " - Village Voice

"Scorching rhythms, soulful horn lines, aggressive bass lines, melodious strings and dynamic changes and vocals. La Bolá offers a modern Timba sounds that will put all audiences to move. The real stuff… and via New Jersey, USA! - Ricardo Ortega - El Avanze

"Their opening tunes starts out, Llego, llego, llego la Bolá … Well, they definitely have arrived" Impressive! - Hispanic Magazine

Musician Bios for LA BOLÁ

Ariacne Trujillo (piano, vocal, direction) - Classically trained pianist, vocalist and composer from Cuba's top conservatory, Instituto Superior de Arte. She has performed with the famed Tropicana band in Havana Cuba, while holding the piano chair with National Philharmonic Orchestra of Havana and Matanzas.

Richei Leyva (bass) - The son of former Van Van violinist Geraldo Leyva, Richei studied at the Amadeo Roldan conservatory, and immigrated to the US after a successful musical career in Cuba. In the US he has performed and recorded with Fankie Negron, Raulin Rosendo and Cowboy Rumba.

Aryam Vázquez (congas) – The Cuban-born conguero is one of the most in-demand percussionists in the NYC area. He has performed/recorded with José Fajardo, Juan Pablo Torres, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito de Rivera, Giovanni Hidalgo and Dave Valentin and is a member of the Grammy-nominated, Mambo All-Stars.

Victor Garica-Herreros (drums-timbales) – A monster-percussionist, skilled in a wide array of instruments, Victor graduated in 2000 from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. In his young career, he has performed/recorded with Marc Anthony Michael Stuart, Greg Osby, Pablo Mayor and Folklore Urbano.

Roland Satterwhite (violins) – Roland studied at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College. The Cubanborn violinist is not only active the classical music idiom, but he has performed and recorded with La Tipica Novel, La Orquesta Broadway, Marc Anthony and The Queens Philharmonic.

Itai Kriss (flute, vocal) - Master Israeli flute player Itai is a first-call flautists in the NYC area. A graduate of the Tel Aviv School of the Arts and the prestigious Telma Yellin School of the Arts, he has recorded and performed with Omer Avital, Yosvanny Terry, Avishai Cohen, Grupo Latin Vibe and the Ray Santiago Band.

Jonathan Powel (trumpet) – A highly-acclaimed trumpet player and musician, Jonathan has been played and recordedg with world re-known musicians such as Sam Rivers, Q-Tip, Andy Milne, Kenny Werner, Dave Douglas, Gary Thomas, Lenny White, Reggie Workman, Just Blaze, Slick Rick and Snoop Dogg to name a few.

Raul Navarrette (trombone) – Raul is top-ranked trombonists and a graduate of the Queens College School of Music with advance degrees, Raul has played and recorded with John Santos, Wayne Gorbea, Raulin Rosendo, Celia Cruz, Carlos Caro, Fito Reynoso, Michael Stuart and Omar Sosa.

Alex Heitlinger (trombone) – A rising star and a powerful trombonist/composer, Alex holds a BM degree from the University of Colorado. He has performed and recorded with Chie Imaizumi, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Wayne Gorbea, Luisito Rosario, Lisandro Arias, and New York Repertory Orchestra.

Lid Ferrera (vocals) – An emerging vocalist who has shared the stage and recorded with the top salsa bands in NYC, including his services as lead vocalist with the famed Cuban violinist, Alfredo de la Fe.

Alberto Rodriguez (vocals) – A rising musician, Alberto has been a busy vocal/minor percussionists in the NYC area, performing with La Bolá and Lisandro y Su Tratado.