SE LLAMA SABROSO (They Call it Tasty) by Zona Franka (a zona franca is a duty-free port) is an exciting introduction of a style called "Changüí con flow", a fusion of traditional rural changüí with rap and other urban Cuban music. As the name of the group implies, various musical styles from around the Americas are also featured. The songs are Cuban classics re-imagined in fresh, clever and innovative new arrangements that far differ from the original versions.
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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LA GOTA DE LA VIDA - 46 chart-topping Latin music artists, 1 cause - Sept. 7

August 23, 2010

By Michael P. Lazarus, Founder LPM

Join chart-topping Latin music talent, among them Enrique Iglesias, Franco De Vita, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Gloria Estefan, Los Tucanes De Tijuana, Luis Enrique, Luis Fonsi, Marco Antonio Solis, Oscar De León, and Placido Domingo as they gather to launch a historic song and video "Unete con la Gota de la Vida," a national health awareness campaign to encourage the Latino community about the importance of joining the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) and supporting the lifesaving work at City of Hope, a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

The private red carpet event is by invitation only and will take place Tuesday, September 7 at 7 PM at Club Nokia at L.A. Live! in downtown Los Angeles. A who's who of music talent from the U.S., Latin America and Spain are expected to attend and perform a live version of "La Gota de la Vida", under the direction of chart-topping pianist/composer/arranger and Latin world celebrity, Arthur Hanlon.

Click on the video below to get introduced to La Gota de La Vida... (PSA)

Participating Artists include: Aleks Syntek, Alih Jey, Ana Isabelle, Arthur Hanlon, Christian Daniel Felípez, Cristina, David Bisbal, Denise González, Diego Verdaguer, Dulce Maria, Dyland Y Lenny, Emmanuel, Ender Thomas, Enrique Iglesias, Espinoza Paz, Fanny Lu, Franco De Vita, German Montero, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Gloria Estefan, Jackie Ibarra, Jenni Rivera, Jimena Ángel, Joselyn Rivera, Kelly Valdivia Díaz, Khotan Fernandez, Las Martí, Los Rieleros Del Norte, Los Tucanes De Tijuana, Luis Enrique, Luis Fonsi, Luz Rios, Marco Antonio Solis, Marcos Witt, Mariachi Reyna De Los Ángeles, Mario Reyes, Michelle Farache, Nathan Pacheco, Noel Schajris, Oscar De León, Placido Domingo, Reik, Ricardo Montaner, Sofia Vergara, Tito El Bambino and many more...

Click on the video below to see part 1 of the "Making of" La Gota de La Vida...

City of Hope is a pioneer in bone marrow transplantation (BMT) and has performed nearly 10,000 BMT and stem cell transplantations. The institution operates one of the largest, most successful BMT programs in the world. In 2010, more than 137,000 new cases of blood-related cancers will be diagnosed in the U.S. Only 30 to 40 percent of patients who need bone marrow transplantation will find a match within their family, while others will be directed to the National Marrow Donor Registry to find an unrelated match. Currently, there is a need for more Latino donors in the National Marrow Donor Program.

Click on the video below to see part 2 of the "Making of" La Gota de La Vida... (part2)

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