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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.

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Soneros All Stars

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Stockholm, Sweden 2001 1 0 0
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Born of a collaboration between Cuban vocalist Pascual 'Sinsonte' Matos and Stockholm tres-player Janne Bogdan, the Soneros All Stars have created a sound both folkloric and modern.

Soneros All Stars is not so much an orchestra as a concept: to bring together first-line Cuban musicians and create quality recordings of Cuban music genres. It was established as a company in 2001 by Swedish musician Jan "Yanesito" Miklas Bogdan, but it was not until the 2004 recording of the CD ¡Dime Nagüe! when Yanesito began his collaboration with the who's who of Cuban music that Soneros All Stars was truly born.

Yanesito has been involved with music since the age of twelve when he began playing electric guitar in his hometown of Sandviken, Sweden. He was fortunate to end up in a circle of friends who were into jazz and blues, and he learned a lot during this period.

In 1991 he entered Bolnäs Folkhögskola where he studied jazz guitar. He sites Mikael Hessler, one of his teachers, as a big inspiration, and in fact Mikael assisted in the production of La Timba Soy Yo.

In 1993 when it was time pick a complementary instrument, Yanesito chose to study Cuban and Brazilian percussion and was greatly inspired to continue looking into Cuban music. In 1996 he went to Cuba for the first time, planning to study percussion, but as soon as he laid eyes on the tres he was sold. He came back to Stockholm and slaughtered a guitar to make his first tres. He then studied tres with both Papi Oviedo and with Jorge Luis Villa of Orquesta Revé on various occasions

Yanesito's work as tresero was with a band that played Cuban, Brazilian and jazz standards, where he would alternate between electric guitar and tres depending on the song. In 1998 the group Stockholm Soneros was formed. They played mainly traditional Cuban music and some salsa and were a fixture in the Stockholm salsa scene. After a few years, however, people wanted to work on their own projects and the band split up. This was when Yanesito first began to think about the Soneros All Stars concept. He wanted to put together different projects in collaboration with leading Cuban musicians and go on tour.
Yanesito's first project in Cuba resulted in the CD Mariano featuring María Cristina Azcuy. It was something of a jam session covering a number of traditional Cuban genres such as son, bolero and danzón. It isn't really part of the Soneros All Stars concept because Yanesito selected the musicians from acquaintances he had made in Havana jamming a local bars, not from the mayor groups, but it gave him his first taste of recording in Havana and a base from which to start.

The first Soneros All Stars project was the CD ¡Dime Nagüe! an idea that came to life from a dinner conversation between Yanesito and Sinsonte when Orquesta Revé was visiting Stockholm. They wanted to do a CD that was in the style of Elio Revé Matos, i.e. less timba than under Elito and more changüí. Upon its release the CD received excellent reviews and was a favorite among many timberos and DJs around the world. --bio by Michelle White of