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.

Tirso Duarte

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Havana, Cuba 1996 1 0 0
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Tirso Duarte is the most talented figure to hit the Timba scene since Alain Pérez. In the summer of 1998 he began his professional career playing teclado with Pachito Alonzo.

ENGLISH: Tirso Oriol Duarte Lescay is one of the most talented of the new generation of pianists. He studied piano at "Manuel Saumell" and later at the conservatory "Amadeo Roldán" until his third year at the middle level.

At the age of 15 he was a founding member of "Los Chicos de la Salsa". In addition to playing piano, composing and arranging he was chosen as the musical director. A few months later, Cristian Alonso became the general director and Tirso concentrated on the musical direction of the group. It was through this collaboration that he caught the attention of Pachito Alonzo, Cristian's father.

For about two years Tirso continued as musical director of this group, which was a starting place for a huge number of musicians who later became important parts of the Timba scene. There was Jorge Baglán (drummer of NG La Banda), Helder Rojas (pianist of Charanga Habanera), Randolph Chacón (bassist of Bamboleo, and then Charanga Habanera), Yulién Oviedo (timbalero of Charanga Habanera), Pavel Jiménez (ex-percussionist of Azúcar Negra, Charanga Habanera and Charanga Forever), Rafael Labarrera (ex-singer and composer for Bamboleo and La original de Manzanillo), Armando Cantero (singer of Bamboleo, Charanga Forever, and now Pupy y los que son, son), and many more. We may have to make a special page for this group!

But getting back to Tirso, with this early experience under his belt, he decided in about 1996 to begin his professional career with Pachito Alonso y sus Kini Kini, where he played keyboards until the summer of '98, when he began his three years with Charanga Habanera.

In La Charanga, he began by composing, arranging and playing piano, and the following year he also began to sing. He stayed with the group until January of 2001 when he became a singer for NG La Banda.

Today Tirso is 24 years old and has two children, and in his professional life he's normally primarily a singer. He now singing with "Pupy y los que son, son", and has since the formation of the group in 2001.

ESPAÑOL:Tirso Oriol Duarte Lescay es uno de los pianistas más talentosos de la joven generación. Estudió piano en la escuela "Manuel Saumell" y más tarde en el conservatorio "Amadeo Roldán" hasta su tercer año de Nivel Medio.

A los 15 años fundó la banda "Los Chicos de la Salsa", siendo el director, arreglista, compositor y pianista. Unos meses más tarde, Cristian Alonso se ocupó de la dirección general y Tirso sólo de la musical, para de esta forma lograr ser apadrinados por Pachito Alonso, padre de Cristian.

Tirso mantuvo la dirección musical de esta orquesta alrededor de 2 años, donde figuraron músicos que hoy son muy conocidos, como Jorge Baglán (baterista de NG), Helder Rojas (pianista de la Charanga Habanera), Randolph Chacón (bajista de la CH), Yulién Oviedo (pailista de la CH), Pavel Jiménez (ex-percusionista de Azúcar Negra, CH y Charanga Forever), Rafael Labarrera (ex-cantante y compositor de Bamboleo y La original de Manzanillo), Armando Cantero (ex-cantante de Bamboleo y la CF, y actual cantante de Pupy y los que son, son), y muchos más. Creo que habría necesidad de hacer una página especial para esta orquesta!

Regresando a Tirso, después de esta temprana experiencia, aproximadamente por el año 1996 decide enfrentar la vida profesional y empieza como tecladista de Pachito Alonso y sus Kini Kini, hasta el verano de 1998, que pasa a formar parte de los charangueros, por espacio de 3 años.

En la Charanga Habanera empezó arreglando, componiendo y tocando el piano, y al año siguiente empezó además a cantar, y así se mantuvo hasta enero del 2001, cuando pasó a ser cantante de NG la banda.

Hoy Tirso tiene 24 años (y 2 hijos), y en su vida profesional predomina ahora el canto, trabajando con "Pupy y los que son, son", desde la fundación de este grupo.

En esta página usted puede encontrar además una entrevista con Tirso, y varios artículos educacionales sobre su estilo de tocar el piano.
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