The thrilling 20-voice Nathaniel Dett Chorale, directed by Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, will present a special concert, "Voices of the Diaspora: Canciones de Cuba", in partnership with the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University on February 26.
Launching the Chorale's new 'Diaspora' series, "Canciones de Cuba"
highlights the contributions of African-Cuban poet, Nicholas Guillen
(1902 - 1989).
The concert will mark the world premiere of three compositions drawn from the poetry of Guillen. The program includes Seis Canciones and Momenade a la Trova, arranged by York University music professor Michael Marcuzzi; Canciones Por Las Americas by Canadian composer Sid Robinovitch; and two pieces by Cuban composer Guillermo Fragoso.
Alternate Mondays at Soul Drums. See schedule on the site.
Rumba Courses begin February 2. Alternate Mondays (mostly: see schedule!) from 7:00pm -
9:00pm join us for Rumba Night.
These sessions will help better define
the true essence of Afro-Cuban Rumba. Congas, timbales, and bongos will
be the instruments of focus. We concentrate on the basic patterns
including Yambu, Guaguanco, Columbia, Son, Bolero and Guaracha. A
general look in to the Yoruba culture and how its rhythms are performed
on the bata will be featured. This class is led by master drummer Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo from Cuba.
Chalkers Pub launches Toronto's International Latin Night featuring: HILARIO DURAN and the Havana Remembered Orquesta & Dj Nilson spinning the Hottest Latin Beats, and much more...
Thursday's at Chalkers Pub is going to be night unsurpassed in Toronto featuring Latin entertainment, arts and culture. Live bands, Musicians, Latin Cuisine,Wine Tasting, Art, Fashion, DJs, Salsa, Latin Dance Lessons, and more....
This is way in advance, but another reason to visit Montreal this summer!
Timba enthusiasts have settled on Jose Luis Cortes' NG La Banda as the first to fit the modern meaning of "timba music", around 1988... which developed into the pre-eminent dance music of the world today...
But for decades leading up to that, Chucho Valdes' group Irakere was reaching young crowds... and giving them something that got them dancing. Bacalao con Pan ( a hit in 1974 and again in 1982 ) was the big song of those years...
When you see how it got young people dancing, and check the instrumentation... even the jazzy feel is not such a big step away from NG La Banda early years.
Montreal Jazz Festival touches the other side of Irakere, jazz. Chucho has said he needed to mix both dance music and jazz in the Irakere years... and eventually jazz did make his career, lifting him to international fame. The Festival has announced they will feature his quintet July 2 ... it won't be primarily dance music, but you will hear the dance music of Cuba in much of what they do.
Cultural program and dance with the CCFA Toronto, political
supporters of Cuba. Come in from the cold and help us celebrate José Martí's
Birthday with a Dinner and Dance. Listen or Dance to the HOT HOT Music of Pablo Terry and Sol de Cuba!
COVER CHARGE: $15
JAN 31 2009-- FROM 7:00PM
DELICIOUS DINNERS FROM $10.99 OR JUST
APPETIZERS FROM $4.99… CASH BAR
Downtown Restaurant and Bar, 842 College St.(just west of Ossington)
Join the best funk-jazz-latin band in the country in celebrating the release of Alexis Baro's latest CD "From the Other Side." Advance tickets at ticketweb.ca. It happens at Lula Lounge of course!
ABOUT ALEXIS BARO:Alexis Baro was born and raised in the heart of Havana Cuba. His musical influences began with his family. His mother is a cellist with the National ballet company of Cuba, she is also a music teacher. one of his aunts is a viola player for the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, the other two aunts played violin and piano. Alexis began playing trumpet at a very early age and has been classically trained in Cuba. He graduated from the Amadeo Roldan music institute one of the top music schools in Cuba where he received his music teaching certification. From the age of 19 he worked as the Lead trumpet in the Radio and Televison Orchestra of Cuba.
First time I managed to catch Quimica Perfecta, the timba band that Billy Bryans glued together 5 or 6 years ago at the Bamboo Club... all the players blew me away. But what took the roof off was Alexis Baro's trumpet, seemed like somehow he was doing way more than playing a trumpet, there was an atmosphere of "no telling what can happen".
Bands composed primarily of Cuban musicians here in Toronto... and playing largely Cuban music... play regularly in 2 places in 905 area. Who plays depends on who's available... and who's turn it is ;-).
Jane is joined on stage by her group The Spirits of Havana and special guest vocalists Elizabeth Sheppard and Telmary Diaz and will be performing songs from her new critically acclaimed CD "Embracing Voices" as well as a wide variety of songs from her many award winning albums.
Touring begins in April, catch the show before it hits the publicity fan.
Percussionist Papiosco is booked for this date, and vocal Desandann plus other Cuban musicians of note.
Cuban musicians Hilario Durán & Luis Mario Ochoa Quintet will play for a Salsa Party with music, food, and dance lessons on Saturday, January 31, 5:00 pm., featuring the live music of Hilario Duran and Luis Mario Ochoa. St. Philip's Parish Hall, 60 Dixon Road. Tickets are $20.00. Please call 416-247-5181.
Friday, 06 February. Conjunto La-ca-lú is one of Toronto’s newest salsa bands. Co-directed by pianist Sean Bellaviti and percussionist Luis “Luisito” Orbegoso, it features some of this city’s most talented and hard working musicians. Lineup to inlcude local Cuban heroes Yani Borrell singing, Pablosky Rosales on tres guitar, Mario “Mayito” Del Monte on trumpet who we haven't seen in a big band role for a while.
The Son Ache Party with DJ Billy Bryans
Friday, 13 February. One of Toronto's most popular Cuban music groups, Son Ache performs their patented blend of high-energy son montuno that has been packing dance-floors for many yearsmany years.
Salsa Valentines with Ricky Franco (10pm)
Saturday, 14 February. What better way to celebrate Valentines than with the heartthrob of Toronto Latin music, Ricky Franco. Backed by his powerhouse ten-piece P-Crew Orchestra, Ricky will perform his patented blend of salsa romantica, bachata and classic salsa. 5 Musicians hail from Cuba on the list...
Alberto Alberto y su Orquesta
Saturday, 21 February. Fresh off his latest tour with Cuban bandleader Maraca, vocalist extraordinaire Alberto Alberto debuts his new salsa band with original material from his newly released solo album Traigo de Todo. Featuring special guest Telmary.
Luis Mario Ochoa y Cimarron
Saturday, 21 February. Luis Mario Ochoa and Cimarron bring their 100% Salsa show to Lula Lounge for a night dedicated to the dancer.
Salsa Dance Party with Cafe Cubano
Saturday, 28 February. With their potent blend of dance-floor friendly salsa and high-energy showmanship, Cafe Cubano evoke the spirit of the legendary dance clubs of Havana. With dance lesson by Ana Machado. $15 for dancing only.
From our kindred spirits on the other side of the lake: The Tango Cafe Dance Studio is proud to announce the Spring Fling Casino Rueda Workshop Weekend, March 20 - 22, 2009. This fantastic event is for the true Rueda enthusiast, with worshops all day Saturday and a live performance by Rochester's own Orquesta Antonetti to dance away the night.
Click on this beautiful picture (by Roger Humbert, Live Music Report) for Lula Lounge event information !!
Lula Lounge 1585 Dundas Street West Doors at 7:00 PM Show 10PM Admission $10.00 www.lula.ca Dinner reservations ensure best seating....... Info 416 588 0307
Jazz poet/rapera Telmary Diaz and singer/composer Alberto Alberto join forces at Lula Lounge on January 30th for a new combination of timba, hip-hop, funky jazz and alternative Cuban sounds.
Both are dynamic Cuban performers who have worked with a wide variety of artists both on and off the island - including Los Van Van, the Afro-Cuban All Stars Changuito, Hilario Duran, and many many others.
Telmary and Alberto will be applying their unique chemistry to compositions from Cuban alternative artists such as Gema y Pavel, Havana Abierta, Francis del Rio, and, of course, Telmary's songs from her award winning 'A Diario' album.
The band they have assembled contains some of the finest players in Toronto including pianist David Virelles, drummer Frank Durand, Riveron on bass, Jalidan Ruiz on percussion, with an added horn section and special guest ex Bamboleo/Sur Caribe violinist Yosvani Casteñeda.
Music provided by dj Billy Bryans
The line up
Alberto Alberto: Cantante Telmary: Rapera David Virelles: Keyboards Riveron: Bass Frank Durand: Drums Jalidan Ruiz; Congas Jorge Maza: Flute and saxophone Kervin Barretto:Trumpet Luis Deniz: Saxophone Yosvani Casteñeda: violin
Co-sponsored by Toronto Womens Bookstore and CubainToronto.com.
This is truly one of the most valuable gems of the history of Casino .
We discovered PISICORE on youtube and just subscribed to his or her videos. This hero of Cuban music has been uploading incredible archival TV footage of our favorite bands and the begininnings of "PARA BAILAR" ancestor to "Para Bailar Casino" started in the 70's on Cuban TV by Rosendo and Caruca - Here is a sample with the founders dancing a Rueda . Rosendo is in the black shirt white pants : he is introduced with his partner Caruca . Other Cuban Tv dance personalities ( founders/producers) show up and dance a fun social Rueda ! The MCs tease them at the end joking that they rehearsed for 6 months. I am hoping to find the footage of Juan Carlos Bulnes and Hermanos Santos dancing in a special that featured siblings.