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OMAR SOSA AFRI-LECTRIC QUINTET with special guests LIONEL LOUEKE

2011-05-03
Showtime: 8:00PM
Doors Open at 6:00PM

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$20.00 $35.00


Half Note Records recording artist Omar Sosa returns to the Blue Note with a new Afri-Electric Group with special guest Lionel Loueke! Don't miss it!


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Omar Sosa Afri-Lectric Quintet with special guest Lionel Loueke
FEATURING:
Omar Sosa, piano/keyboards/electronics/vocals
Marque Gilmore, drums/electronics/vocals
Childo Tomas, electric bass/m’bira/vocals
Peter Apfelbaum, saxophones/flutes/percussion
Joo Kraus, trumpet/flugelhorn/electronics/vocals

Omar Sosa is one of the most versatile jazz artists on the scene today: composer, arranger, producer, pianist, percussionist, and bandleader. He fuses a wide range of world music and electronic elements with his native Afro-Cuban roots to create a fresh and original urban sound - all with a Latin jazz heart. On stage, Mr. Sosa is a charismatic figure, inspiring his fellow musicians with his dynamic playing and improvisational approach to the music - an approach full of raw emotional power and humor. Mr. Sosa invariably inspires audiences to their feet and to join him in chorus vocals, heightening the sense of spontaneity and connection.



Mr. Sosa's music is a unique style of Afro-Cuban jazz, and while it is rooted in the folkloric traditions of the African Diaspora, he always takes an exploratory approach - never one to let orthodoxy stand in the way of his pursuit of freedom. Sosa offers a joyful mix of jazz and Afro-Caribbean rhythms, combining percussive forays inside the piano and a series of electronic effects with his inspired, passionate playing at the keyboard. His tempos are fluid, and his moods change freely. Sosa revels in the irresistible clave grooves of Latin jazz, while adding experimental touches to keep his listeners on their toes.

Omar Sosa has released 22 recordings on the Oakland-based Otá Records label since 1997, including 2002's GRAMMY-nominated Sentir . He performed recently with his Octet at the opening of Carnegie Hall's new Zankel Hall, about which Alex Ross of The New Yorker remarked that Sosa has "a ferocious flair for rhythm and a keen musical wit". Composer John Adams, who curated the opening of Carnegie Hall's new venue, commented that "Sosa is a deeply creative musician with an extraordinary harmonic sense. His piano playing is sui generis : It has obvious roots in Cuban music, but he's taken his approach to the keyboard into completely new regions". And Don Heckman of The Los Angeles Times recently wrote "Sosa's vision of contemporary jazz reaches across every imaginable boundary". For more information, please visit www.melodia.com .

Omar Sosa was nominated in 2003 for a BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music in the 'Americas' category, along with Ibrahim Ferrer, Caetano Veloso, and Os Tribalistas. He began 2004 with the debut of his first work for symphony orchestra, entitled From Our Mother , performed at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland by the Oakland East Bay Symphony under the direction of Michael Morgan. The 45-minute work in three movements, which combines folkloric elements from Cuba, Venezuela, and Ecuador with modern jazz harmonies, was co-commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and the Oakland East Bay Symphony, with partial funding from the Rockefeller Foundation.

In 2009, Omar released ACROSS THE DIVIDE: A Tale of Rhythm & Ancestry on 3/24/09. Across The Divide is a song cycle highlighting the shared rhythms and ancestry of Cuban pianist OMAR SOSA and New England multi-instrumentalist and vocalist TIM ERIKSEN, a specialist in native and adopted American musics. It is a narrative, a tale of musical and spiritual passage, drawn from the roots of our common cultures. It is a folkloric music illuminating the slave traditions of the Middle Passage and yielding a pathfinding hybrid - Latin Jazz, augmented by electronics and with World and Americana influences. To purchase this recording on iTunes, please click here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/across-divide-a-tale-rhythm/id310528411

TRAILER FOR ACROSS THE DIVIDE, RECORDED LIVE AT THE BLUE NOTE ON HALF NOTE RECORDS



2010 saw the release of Ceremony, a major new project, the fruit of pianist-composer Omar Sosa’s first big-band collaboration with composer-arranger-cellist Jaques Morelenbaum, Hamburg’s 18–piece NDR Bigband (North German Radio / Norddeutscher Rundfunk), and the Omar Sosa Quartet, featuring Julio Barreto (drums, Cuba), Childo Tomas (electric bass, Mozambique), and Marcos Ilukán (Afro-Cuban percussion, Cuba). Sosa himself plays piano and marimba.

Additionally, Sosa released his fifth solo piano recording titled Calma, comprised of 13 solo piano improvisations fusing stylistic elements of jazz, classical new music, ambient, and electronica. As the title implies, the overall feeling is relaxed and introspective, without any attempt to impress technically. Rather, the intent is to evoke a mood of reflection and contemplation.

 

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