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.
This 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 key purveyors of the Son Cubano. While completely dedicated to the performance of traditional Cuban music, Valera was exposed to jazz masters through cassette tapes while in school and those inspirations elevate the quality of his cuatro solos in subtle and wonderful ways. Joined here by childhood friend, renowned 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.
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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Cuban Music Spotlight (Industry Mixer)

September 14, 2011

By Michael P. Lazarus, Founder LPM

A unique event for anyone with a professional interest in Latin music for audio and video production, clearances, original scores or broadcast. 7-10pm Sunday, September 25 1431 Ocean Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90401. Easy $5 lot parking on 2nd street Tickets and info:


For additional info, media passes and interviews contact:
Peter Petro / / 310.430.5096

The Art of Music is a groundbreaking series that presents criminally overlooked specialty music for film and TV -- giving music supervisors, film composers, film directors and other professionals a unique chance to explore niche music styles, learn about upcoming projects and forge new relationships in a collaborative environment.

Each The Art of Music showcase features musical masters performing a genre that lends itself to media but is generally under the radar. Cuban, Colombian and Mexican genres, Delta and pre-depression blues, and 1930’s period music are just some of what you can expect from this lively series, which occurs every other month on Sunday evenings at the intimate Bleicher Art Gallery on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica.

Join us Sept. 25 for “Cuban B-sides” featuring Cuban masters Son Mayor performing changui (similar to the son that made Buena Vista Social Club famous, but with a more haunting, percolating texture). Orquesta Charangoa rounds out the night with their lively charanga -- unique with its earthy wooden flute and violins, yet extremely useful for all-purpose “Latin” score cues.

This event is a MUST for anyone with an interest in Latin music for audio and video production, clearances, original scores or broadcast.

Beyond the performances and Latin music experts and resources on hand, composers looking for unique new textures will also find Cuban instruments for sale at wholesale prices.

All attendees get a copy of the Latin Music Resources Handbook, plus a chance to win raffle prizes including a set of handmade birchwood Cuban bongos and a copy of My Seductive Cuba, a new 328-page full color travel guide to Cuban arts and culture. A portion of the proceeds will go to The Phoenix House, a non-profit organization using musical expression, songwriting and a professional recording studio in its programs to help people overcome drug addiction. 

Cuban Music Spotlight - Industry Mixer - Latin music for music supervisors, film directors & composers, video producers - Los Angeles

 7-10pm Sunday, September 25
 Bleicher/Golightly Gallery 1431 Ocean Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90401

Easy $5 lot parking on 2nd street Tickets and info:

For additional info, media passes and interviews contact:
Peter Petro / / 310.430.5096