|Pablo Aslan Presents|
2018 Latin Music Showcase
Some of the most exciting Latin musicians in NYC present their latest CD for consideration for the current Latin Grammy awards.
Wednesday, June 20th 6pm
212 E 52nd St
(bet 2ndand 3rdAve)
COVER is $15 - 2 drink minimum
Sofia Tosello & Franco Pinna’s “Chuño” (Chuño)
Hakon Skogstad’s “Two Hands to Tango” (Avantango Records)
Roger Davidson’s “Oraçao Para Amanhã” (Soundbrush Records)
Oscar Feldman’s “Gol” (Zoho Music)
Fernando Garcia Rodas’ “Guasábara Puerto Rico” (Zoho Music)
New Caracas’”Mas Alla del Sol” (Rockaysms Music)
ABOUT EACH ARTIST
Chuño is an experimental music duo originated by two Argentinian, New York City-based musicians, percussionist Franco Pinna and singer Sofia Tosello. Chuño es a genuinely on-of-a-kind, unlike anything the listener is likely to have heard before. At it's heart is an original instrument, the arpa legüera, that Pinna created four years ago in search of new sounds for his drum set. It is a percussion string instrument that uses the bombo legüero, a traditional South American drum, as a resonating chamber, creating a sound reminiscent of both harp and drum, but with its own transcendent qualities. On the other hand Sofia Tosello brings the warmth, the storytelling and the passionate interpretation of the lyrics. Pinna and Tosello have just released an album on April 16th, 2018 called Chuño on April 16th, 2018.
OSCAR FELDMAN Known for his splendid tonalities and melodically outstanding charts, the Argentinian native demonstrates his superb skills on alto, tenor and soprano saxes, while employing a wide range of Panamerican references, from straight ahead to tango to candombe to samba to mambo. Feldman studied at Berklee College of music where he graduated cum laude in 1995 with a Major in Professional Music.
Oscar has recorded and toured internationally with notable artists such as guitar legend Al Di Meola, Grammy winner and top producer/arranger Eumir Deodato, Jeff Tain Watts, Avantango, Paquito D'Rivera's
United Nations Orchestra, Alex Acuna at prestigious venues such as the Opera Vienna House, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Town Hall in New York, Park La Villette in Paris, the Blue Note as well as many International Jazz Festivals in Europe, the Americas and Africa.
FERNANDO GARCIA RODAS GUASABARA PUERTO RICO
“Puerto Rico native García organically blends folkloric Bomba rhythms and Latin jazz in a myriad of satisfying ways. His simpático crew of youngbloods push the envelope on García’s third album as a leader and debut for ZOHO music.”
– Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times
“Fernando has put together a very focused and cohesive recording, surrounded by a talented group of young musicians. The music is rhythmically inventive and extremely smart, built on the rock solid drumming by the leader. In all a very well rounded album, which I hope you enjoy listening to as much as I did.”
– Miguel Zenón
As a performer of tango music I have always been fascinated by the unique sound of the bandoneón and how the instrument is used in solo arrangements and compositions. Performing together with bandoneón players and writing for the instrument as an arranger/composer has inspired me to adapt the technique and the interpretational aspects into my own piano playing. I wanted to see if I could incorporate the multilayered, flowing and improvisational manner of playing - constantly changing focus between the bass, chords, and melodic structures, rather than trying to do all at once as often as possible, like an orchestral reduction. This approach can be heard throughout the album and is taken to the extreme in El Marne, which is a bandoneón arrangement adapted for the piano. The melting point is the tribute composition “Tristezas de un doble S” where Piazzolla’s «Alfred Arnold» bandoneon is replaced by «Steinway and Sons».
Inspired by the rhythms that flow across Latin America, New Caracas was founded in 2012 by Luis D’Elias, PJ Duffy, Brendan Pajak, and Evan Waaramaa in 2012 and defines itself as a collective of musicians, that craft a vast soundscape of melodies and sounds drawn from the South American experience, its folklore, and its traditions. For their debut album under their former name Luis D'Elias Ensemble, the band was nominated to the Independent Music Awards, the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, and the Premios Pepsi Music in Venezuela. Currently they are working on their new album after being completely funded through IndieGogo in 2017. The release will showcase the talents of singers of all over North and South America telling stories of immigration and the Latin American Diaspora. With an eclectic backdrop of musicians from the NYC area, New Caracas imbues their music with the unique vibrance and energy of a multicultural cast of artists under one vision: to expand latin music to new frontiers and create a community based around the sounds and colors of América Latina.
A song about finding meaning to the word 'Hope', “Más Allá Del Sol”is the first single released from New Caracas' upcoming album, NOS, and features Colombian singer-songwriter, Alea. It was brought to life with the participation of Grammy winning producer Emilio Miler and Latin Grammy winning mixer Darío Peñaloza and features a 10 piece orchestra that blends classical sounds with vibrant latin rhythms, showcasing Luis D’Elias’ musical storytelling as performed by a multicultural cast of NYC based musicians.
Prayer for Tomorrow (Oraçao para Amanhã)
The album is the first by Davidson’s new trio, with stellar Brazilian musicians based in New York. The first-call rhythm section of Eduardo Belo (bass) and Adriano Santos (drums) is joined by another mainstay of the New York Brazilian jazz community of artists, harmonica and vibraphone extraordinaire Hendrik Meurkens, as featured soloist.
These recordings came about after the trio played several engagements in and around New York City. Recorded over several nights at NYCs famed Zinc Bar, a haven for Brazilian jazz, the musicians rejoice in each of Roger’s original compositions.
Roger Davidson explains:
“This album is a collection of my most recent compositions, recorded with my trio at one of my favorite venues in New York City. I am constantly inspired by the music of Brazil, and by having the chance to play with some of the best Brazilian musicians. This new crop of compositions are inspired directly by my travels in Brazil —and by my beloved Brazilian wife, Nilcelia Davidson.”