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.

Nana Cantarina

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Tokyo, Japan 1995 1 0
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Japanese singer, performer and composer heavily involved in the afro-cuban music movement.

Born in Osaka, Japan, NANA started to sing Latin music after being recommended by a friend. She was not so serious about it in the beginning. Then she went to Cuba to study music and met Oscar Valdes, a famous former percussionist of Irakere, and he taught her a soul of Cuban music. Cuban music struck NANA as something very familiar, something that she had left in the past. Nana's interest in Cuban music got stronger.

NANA made her first recording as a guitarist for a brass funk rock band called "FRIED EGG JAM", which released its first album, Brass Night Masters, in 1996 under the Song Bird Label. The following year, FRIED EGG JAM released a self-titled album in 1997 on the Tokuma Japan label. The band performed on the P-Funk All-Stars MUTINY JAPAN TOUR in Osaka along with Chuck Brown and Adriana Evans. But FRIED EGG JAM was disbanded in 1998. (In 2008, FRIED EGG JAM reunioned with a few of the original members.)

In 1997, NANA joined timba band "Sabrosura Del Sonido" and also started to sing in a band led by a well-known bassist in Osaka -the Yoshio Yamada Band. Between 1998 and 2005, NANA went to Cuba every year, studying dance and improvisation, taking lessons from Oscar Valdés of former Irakere, Caridad of Clave y Guaguanco and Sergio of "Yoruba Andabo".

As a member of the afro-pop group CHEQUENDEKE she has performed with a number of prestigious Cuban artists. She was also formally invited by the Ministry of Culture to participate in the international music festival, which is the biggest music event in Cuba in 2004 and 2005. Recently, she is also active in spreading the joy of Latin music to wider audience in Japan. She has been performing Latin music at elementary, middle and high schools. She also participated in annual Fuji Rock Festival which is the biggest outdoor rock music festival in Japan.

She started her solo performance in 2007. That same year she boarded on a Peace Boat, which is a japanese based NGO-run chartered passenger ship that travels around the world, as a guide to Cuban culture. Nana performed on two Cubadisco Tours (2004 & 2005).

NANA has performed with the following groups:
Juan Carlos Lopez y su Sincopa-Son
Takeuchi “TATATA” y su Grupo Aché
Latin Estrella
Fried Egg Jam

..and recorded on the following albums:
[Brass Night Masters] V.A (FUNK/ROCK/ACID) 1996 Song Bird Label
[SALSA JAPONESA] VA 2004 AHORA Corporation
[HIFANA PRESENTS "NAMPOO CABLE"] V.A 2006 Columbia Music Japan