Blue Note NYC: Omar Sosa’s Quarteto Afrocubano
Thursday thru Sunday, March 31-April 3, 2016
Quarteto AfroCubano 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, Lili Martinez, Cachao, Chucho Valdés, and Irakere. Joining him on this adventure are three seasoned musicians with whom Omar shares a close relationship: fellow Camagüeyanos, Ernesto Simpson on drums, and Leandro Saint-Hill on saxophones and flutes, and Mozambican bassist, vocalist and longtime collaborator, Childo Tomas. These musicians speak the same musical language, using their Cuban and African traditions as a springboard for creative freedom.
Omar’s Quarteto AfroCubano will celebrate its current CD release, “ILE”, fusing an array of jazz, world music, hip-hop, and electronic elements with their AfroCuban roots, exploring contemporary interpretations of some of the classic Cuban musical styles the world has come to admire: Danzón, Cha-Cha-Cha, Bolero, Changui. As well, the group’s repertoire will include a number of Mr. Sosa’s signature compositions, including “Toridanzón”, “Mis Tres Notas”, and “Iyawo”.
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