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Los Hermanos Arango / Ann Reynolds & Clave Gringa
October 16, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Los Hermanos Arango photo courtesy of artist
$12 advance / $15 day of show
Welcomed by 91.3 KBCS.
Led by Cuban bassist Feliciano Arango and his siblings Eugenio (percussion), Ignacio (guitar), and Cristina (vocals), the driving ensemble from Guanabacoa, Cuba, has developed its own merger of Afro-Cuban folklore and funkified jazz, nourishing listeners and dancers alike. To open the evening, Ann Reynolds’ Seattle ensemble plays her Latin-jazz compositions.
Cuban bassist Feliciano Arango and his siblings Eugenio (percussion), Ignacio (guitar), and Cristina (vocals), of Guanabacoa, Cuba, combine the driving percussion, joyful vocals, Afro-Cuban folklore, and native costumes of their homeland with a version of funk jazz that creates an ecstatic merger of art forms that cannot help but inspire movement.
As Tomas Peña wrote in the journal Jazz de la Pena, Los Hermanos Arango plays “with an insuperable rhythmical strength and a harmonic richness.” They produce a musical moment that imbues the jazz genre with a flavor both new and very, very old.
Since their creation in 2003, they have built an international reputation at festivals and concerts like the Montreaux Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, and Lincoln Center in New York. Sharing the stage with notable artists like Jane Bunnett, Hermeto Pascoal, Diane Schuur, Billy Cobham, Marcus Miller, and Steps Ahead, they have proven themselves as musical world citizens.
The show opens with Seattle’s own Cuban band sensation Clave Gringa, led by Ann Reynolds. Herself a passionate student of Cuban music, she composes new pieces that fuse a palette of Cuban styles with American jazz into a sound that also invites the audience to move.