Chispa: From Havana to Lima
January 14, 2017
From the Caribbean to South America, folkloric music is rich in history and tradition that derives from the impact and presence of African rhythms. For decades, these rhythms have left an indelible imprint on music around the world. When American jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie first started incorporating these Afro-Latino rhythms in the 1940s, a new musical art form was born, Latin Jazz. The first half of this concert focuses on salsa and Afro-Cuban inspired Latin Jazz, and features internationally acclaimed jazz musicians Bobby Shew and Doug Lawrence along with master Cuban musician César Bauvallet. Accompanied by an all-star nine-piece band, these great musicians will play the music and arrangements of Tito Puente, Mario Bauza, Mongo Santamaría, Chucho Valdes, Poncho Sanchez, and César Bauvallet. Dancing, as well as listening, is encouraged!
The second half of the concert will feature, for the first time in New Mexico, Salsa Criolla. This brand-new concept, beginning to travel the world, involves salsa and jazz musicians presenting a blend of salsa repertoire with Afro‐Peruvian festejo backgrounds, synchronizing these two popular musical styles with traditional instrumentation to provide a blend of ancestral and contemporary tones. The interpretation of this new musical art form will feature brilliant vocalist Jackie Zamora from Lima, Peru, along with César Bauvallet. Joining them will be traditional Peruvian cajón player Christian Orellana, guitarist Mathias Rodriguez, bassist Andy Zadrozny, flutist Doug Lawrence, trumpeter Paul Gonzales, and percussionists Victor Rodriguez, Ricky Carrido, and Tomás White. This set will also feature a medley of boleros, Peruvian valses, and a traditional landó performed by Ms. Zamora and Mr. Bauvallet.