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.

Anthony Blea

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San Francisco (CA), United States 1996 1 0
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Virgen de la Caridad
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Violinist and bandleader offers self-produced debut CD.

This talented violinist and bandleader emerged as a leading force this year with his self-produced album 'Virgen de La Caridad'. He changed the name of his group from Charansón to 'Anthony Blea y su Charanga' to avoid hassles with another group of the same name. A dedicated classical and Latin musician, he is a veteran master musician who harbors a bright future ahead with salsa dura-style charanga!

He started studying the violin at age 8 and was awarded a full scholarship to attend the San Francisco Conservatory of Music at age 11. Upon completion of his preparatory music studies, Anthony traveled to New York City to continue his musical and academic enrichment at the Manhattan School of Music where he received his Bachelor's degree. In addition he received his Master's degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, concentrating on String Quartet. His formidable skill on the violin landed him work with many international legends such as, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Ray Charles, Boz Scaggs and Leonard Bernstein to name a few. Most notably Anthony has played with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. Anthony's 8 piece salsa band has been in existence for ten years and their debut CD has enjoyed critical acclaim.