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.
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.

Arte Mixto

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Cienfuegos, AF 1992 2 0 0
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Cuban fusion group. Arte Mixto palys traditional Cuban music —the sones, guaguancos, the rumbas and the guarachas— mixed with elements of classical music, jazz, flamenco, salsa and samba.

Eight years ago, under the direction of talented violinist Alexis Correa, in the city of Cienfuegos, Las Villas, Cuba, a group of musicians freshly graduated form the National School of Arts got together and decided to form their own group. But not any kind of group, they had a vision, a dream. They imaged a special kind of sound. They wanted to play traditional Cuban music -the sones, guaguancos, rumbas and guarachas and blend them with elements of classical music, jazz, flamenco, salsa and even samba. A mixture new and exciting that would lead them to their name: ARTE MIXTO.

With their totally acoustic sound comprised of two guitars, bass, violin and the whole assemblage of percussion instruments so native to their country (bongoes and bata drums), Arte Mixto hit the road and became an instant favorite with the locals. Such became the reputation of Arte Mixto that in only years (1993) they were chosen to represent their country as the most authentic expression of Cuban music. They completed a tour of 9 cities and various festivals in Norway and, on the way back, stopping for two incredible concerts in London, where they continue to garner critical acclaim. In 1996 the group was granted the condition of “First level”, by the evaluation committee of the Cuban Institute of Music, probably the most sought after award in their country . That award, as well as other national prizes such as the Bis Music Award, the Beny More Musical Award and the Egrem Music House Award, led them to record their first album.

Within a year Arte Mixto became the proud recipient of the Lucas Award, 2nd place (1997), which is the equivalent to the MTV awards here in the U.S. Their first release “Deseos” was voted number four in the top ten albums of the year by Latin Beat Magazine and New York Latino. In July 1998 Arte Mixto recorded their second release entitled “Virginia” which was made in tribute to Alex Correas’ mother. Once again they refined those traditional Cuban sounds and demonstrate their ability to fuse universal rhythms into their own classical style. In 1998 and 1999, Arte Mixto toured twice throughout the United States and attracted the attention of diverse audiences across the nation. In New Orleans, they were given the “Key to the City” and national reviews raved about the talent and energy of the band. In February 1999, the show 'MTV RoadRules' went to Havana, Cuba to film “Cubamania”. This historical TV event featured Arte Mixto and marked the first time MTV filmed in Cuba and exposed its audience to the wonderful world of Cuban music.

Within the same year, Arte Mixto was honored with yet another award in the city of Cienfuegos: “El Premio Annual de la Cultura”. The band then traveled to Italy where they captivated their audiences in the many shows and festivals where they performed. Arte Mixto is continuously growing and exploring new realms in their music. Each composition and each album represents a new step forward in the quality and novelty of the band’s sound. Yet in spite of the group’s characteristically “new” sound, they still adhere quite closely to the more traditional sounds of Cuban music which they achieve through the “tumbaos” rendered by piano and guitars. Their latest CD “Sin Chisme” is so extraordinary and one-of-a-kind in terms of musical concepts, that it could very easily be catalogued as a musical revolution of sorts. But most importantly, this “New Son” of Arte Mixto is like most Cuban music in its promise to be contagiously and undeniably danceable.