Alain Pérez – Direct from Madrid

Presented by Lula Music and Arts Centre and Torontohispano.com. Hosted by latin jazz artist & JAZZ.FM Café Latino host, Laura Fernández.

Lula Lounge’s 10th Anniversary Celebrations continue with this special presentation. Hot off an extensive North American tour with the legendary Jerry González, Alain Pérez is also known as the bassist for Paco de Lucía. A brilliant composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer, Pérez brings his salsa project to to Canada for the very first time. Working with top local players, Pérez will present material from his album, Apetecible which fuses traditional Cuban music, flamenco, rock, funk and soul with a whole lot of Cuban timba. The night will open with a set by Iyá Iré followed by a set of Pérez’ latin jazz / flamenco fusion with Alain Pérez, Robi Botos and Juan Pablo Domínguez.

Doors: 7pm  Show: 8pm Tickets: $18 advance $25 at the door. Dinner reservations guarantee seating and advance ticket price. Limited number of advance tickets available for just $15 through paypal. www.lula.ca

The featured performers are: Robi Botos (Piano); Roberto Linares Brown (Piano); Adis Rodriguez (back up vocals); Alex Brown (Trumpet); Michael Arthurs (Sax); Chris Butcher (Trombone); Eric St. Laurent (Guitar); Juan Pablo Domínguez (Bass); Aris Montenegro (Back up vocal +Bongos); Jorge Molina (Congas); Jalidan Ruiz (Drums+Timbal).

Alain Pérez

is now based in Madrid. Pérez was just seventeen when he was invited to play with Cuban super group Irakere, led by the great Chucho Valdés. Originally trained in classical guitar, Pérez was encouraged to begin playing bass by the celebrated Cuban singer Isaac Delgado. Whether playing bass, keyboard, percussion, singing, or contributing compositions and arrangements, Pérez’s musical vision is at the centre of a revolution in contemporary Cuban music.

Iyá Iré

is Toronto’s newest and most vibrant Afro-Cuban folkloric performance group. Comprised of a diverse group of young musicians and dancers, the traditions Iyá Iré perform represent the myriad of colourful gods, pulsating rhythms, and fascinating histories which gives Cuba its special energy.  Recent successes include a sold-out show with Chucho Valdés, Jane Bunnett, Hilario Durán and David Virelles and a feature on Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations.”  Watch for their upcoming CD!