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:   Arte Mixto

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Tropical 1998 10 0


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# Name Play Time Info
01  Ahi-Namá entrada
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3:00 yo tengo un sello, sonido y un nuevo son
02  El Chan Chan
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4:16 homenaje a los grandes trovadores
03  Virginia
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4:03 excellent guitar work in the flamenco style
04  Mi Isla
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4:49 azucar, tabaco y ron -mi isla te espera
05  Entre Tu Y Yo
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5:17 me dejaste, tu te fuiste, pero ya perdiste
06  Echa Pa'lla
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4:50 ...con esa envidia
07  Ella Eres Tu
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4:51 porque es igual a las demas y diferente a la vez
08  Plegaria A La Virgen De La Caridad
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5:36 ayudame a llegar, ayudame a triumfar
09  Picante Y Sazón
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5:40 el amore entra a la casa por la cocina tambien
10  Ahi-Namá
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4:15 simepre sonando con mi sello
A unique & exuberant sound based on compositional originality & stylistic versatility, propelled by the delightful violin of Alexis Correa.

Featuring two guitars, bass, violin, and an extensive range of percussion instruments, Cuba's Arte Mixto mixes traditional up-tempo Cuban music with elements of classical music, jazz, flamenco, salsa, and samba. Led by violinist Alexis Correa, the band formed in the early '90s in the city of Cienfuegos Las Villas, featuring a group of students who had just graduated from the National School of Arts. Shortly after they formed, Arte Mixto was handpicked to represent Cuba as "the most authentic expression of Cuban music," in a tour of nine cities and various festivals in Norway, as well as a pair of concerts in London.

By 1996, Arte Mixto was awarded the "first level" by the evaluation committee of the Cuban Institute of Music, which is one of the most sought after and respected awards to be bestowed upon musicians in Cuba. More awards soon followed (such as the Bis Music Award, the Beny More Musical Award, the Egrem Music House Award, and a second place Lucas Award -- the Cuban equivalent to the MTV Awards). 1997 saw the release of their first recording, Deseos, and a year later, their sophomore release, Virginia de Cuba, was issued (the latter was made in tribute to Alex Correas' mother). During the late '90s, Arte Mixto toured the United States twice, and had a cameo appearance on an episode of the MTV program Road Rules and in 2001 released Sin Chisme.