"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.

Chalo y su Ache

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Los Angeles based, Cuban born singer, composer and band leader Gonzalo "Chalo" Chomat is pushing the envelope of modern cuban music in the United States.

Gonzalo Chomat was born in Havana, Cuba in 1971.  At the early age of 14, he began his musical career as a member of the Afro-Cuban and Traditional Cuban music group, Septeto Traditional Lyessa  where he eventually became the lead singer. Then, in 1988, Gonzalo went on to join the group Banda Meteodoro, as lead singer. This group was dedicated to popular Cuban Music and Dance.

Gonzalo accepted the opportunity to join Orquesta Jovenes del Feeling only a couple of years later, with which he sang for five years. In 1995 Gonzalo joined Conexión Salsera, a nationally renowned group formed by the ex-members of Jose Maria Vitier, providing him with the opportunity to travel outside of Cuba for the first time.  With Conexión Salsera, Gonzalo toured Mexico where he subsequently defected to the United States.

Upon becoming a legal resident of the United States, he joined the group Charanga Cubana as lead singer.  Over the course of the following year he became one of the leading Cuban pop and traditional music-based singers on the west coast.  With Charanga Cubana, Gonzalo  traveled across the United States and to the Bahamas performing at many events abroad, including the world renowned Carnaval Calle Ocho in Miami, Florida.  Recently, in 2007, Charanga Cubana’s album, “Sigue La Añoranza” was nominated for Best Tropical Album at the prestigious, Latin Grammy Awards. Jose Quintana, producer of the track “Corazon Espinado”, featured on Carlos Santana’s album ‘Supernatural’, called  Gonzalo to appear as back-up vocalist for Fer, lead vocalist for the Spanish Rock group Mana. In 2000 the track won a Grammy for Best Song of the Year. In 2000, Gonzalo joined Orquesta La Palabra as lead vocalist and recorded for the first time with the group on their 2002 release, ‘Breaktrough’ where he is featured on the tracks, “El Temblor”, “Ahe, Ahe”,  “Mi Nueva York”,  “Salsera”,  “Y Yo Va Pa’ Shenzhen”  and “La Bikina”.

In 2004, Gonzalo went solo, writing and composing the music to found his group Chalo Y Su Ache’, a group of young talent performing Cuban dance music in its most recent evolution (Timba), as exciting, passionate, and compelling as the Mambo, Cha-Cha-Cha, and later, Salsa eras of yesterday which took the public by storm in their respective periods. In its list of credits Chalo Y Su Ache’ was called to play at Mayor Antonio Villa-Raigoza’s birthday party in 2004.  In 2005 the group appeared at the Queen Mary’s “Mi Son Cubano” Cuban festival, opening for Willy Chirino.  In 2006 they performed at the Museum of Latin Arts.  The group was booked at to appear at La Ve Li in San Francisco, then toured various clubs and events throughout Mexico among them Tequila Safari, in Baja California and King King night club in Hollywood.

Gozalo "Chalo" Chomat -- Discography & Credits

2007 - Album: ‘Ensemble’ by group Chalo Y su Ache’ with original tracks “Le Encantas A Mi Vida”, “Llevame”, “La Criminal De La Cama”, “Dice El Cubano”, and “Muevete”, written and composed by Gonzalo Chomat

2006 - Background vocals in the soundtrack for the motion picture ‘The Cigar’s Song’

2004 - Billboard Magazine rates the group La Palabra - Top Latin Band - for the track “El Tremblor”, featuring Gonzalo on lead vocals.

2003 - Album: “Breakthrough”, by group La Palabra featuring Gonzalo on tracks: “El Temblor”, “Mi Nueva York”, “Ahe-Ahe”, “Salsera”, “La Bikina”, and “Y Yo Va Pa’ Shenzhen” Composed by Gonzalo Chomat

2001 - Album: “Cuba Linda”, by artists Cachao & Andy Garcia, background vocals by Gonzalo

2000 - Album: “Sigue la Añoranza” by group Charanga Cubana, track: “Aprovechame” Composed by Gonzalo Chomat - Album: ‘El Baile del Balsero’, by Grupo Timba, recorded on tracks: “La Gatica Maria Ramos”, “El Baile del Balsero”, “Dia que comienza”, ‘No Te La Voy A Dar”, “Tengo Vicio”, “Es Una Fiera”, and “Esa Chica Eres Tu” - Awarded a Grammy for the album “Supernatural” by artist Carlos Santana on the track “Corazon Espinado” featuring Mana’, Gonzalo on background vocals - Soundtrack for the motion picture “Original Sin” starring Antonio Banderas & Angelina Jolie - Gonzalo on background vocals “El Bongo de Vangogh”, Grupo Tolu, background vocals on all respective tracks

1999 - Album : “Supernatural”, by artist Carlos Santana, on track “Corazon Espinado” with group Mana’, Gonzalo on background vocals

1996 - Conexion Salsera recorded on the track : “Pa’ la Azucar” dedicated to a famous venue by that name in Cancun, Mexico

ABOVE - Chalo y su Aché @ King King in Los Angeles, California

Recent review by Kevin Moore of www.TIMBA.com:
Wow, I can't believe it's been almost 8 years since San Francisco stopped having 100+ timba shows a year, and I can't believe how good the real stuff sounds live. Chalo is pure timba dura - no reguetón, no salsa romántica, no chachachá, no Latin jazz, no "salsita", no R&B torch songs ... just throbbing, pounding, heart-stopping timba. After god knows how many nights in a row of sitting in front of my computer reverse engineering the "timba gears" of Revé, Issac, et al, it was a revelation to sit by the side of the stage and watch it happen in front of my eyes as Chalo threw out hand signal after hand signal, driving his world class rhythm section like a Lamborghini. They made me feel like I was back at La Tropical or La Cecilia. More like this please!