7-time GRAMMY-nominated composer and pianist Omar Sosa & The New AfroCuban Quartet **Plus, Melissa Aldana Quartet**
Thursday-Sunday, May 1-4, 2014 at the Blue Note Jazz Club
131 West 3rd Street, New York City
Showtimes: 8:00 PM & 10:30 PM • Tickets: $20 bar / $35 table
For tickets, please visit www.bluenote.net, or call 212-475-8592
The New AfroCubano Quartet marks a homecoming for Omar to the influences of his formative years at the Escuela Nacional de Música in Havana and later at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, where he savored the music of Pancho Quinto, Lázaro Ross, Rubén González, Machito, Benny Moré, Ismael Rivera, Arsenio, Cachao, Lili Martinez, Peruchin, Chucho Valdés, and Irakere. Joining him on this adventure are three musicians with whom Omar shares a very close relationship: fellow Camagüeyanos, Ernesto Simpson on drums, and Leandro Saint-Hill on saxophones and flutes, and Mozambican bassist and longtime collaborator, Childo Tomas. These musicians speak the same musical language, and use their Cuban and African traditions as a springboard for creative freedom.
Omar’s New AfroCuban Quartet will explore contemporary interpretations of some of the classic Cuban musical styles the world has come to enjoy: Danzón, Cha-Cha-Cha, Bolero, Changui. All of the material is informed by the powerful African traditions of Santería, Abakua, Makuta, Ñongo, and Palo Monte. The group’s repertoire will include a number of Mr. Sosa’s signature compositions, including “Toridanzón”, “Mis Tres Notas”, and “Iyawo”. Popular and religious chants will be arranged with contemporary harmonies and African rhythms, resulting in a musical journey into the ensemble’s personal vision of various AfroCuban traditions.
Opening each show will be Chilean tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana. Melissa has been working as a bandleader in NYC since 2009 and has released two CDs on the Inner Circle label. She is the first woman to win an instrumental Monk competition.