Have you ever noticed that timba bands don't stop to talk to the audience between songs, they talk to the audience during the songs, which are usually extended dance versions with added coros and transitions? They hit the stage like water on greasefire, and the show never lets up. Here's Tania giving the welcoming shout out during the band's opening number: Having seen Pupy y Los Que Son Son and Manolito y Su Trabuco earlier this year, I have a widening database of live Cuban timba bands to compare this to.
They all use a little different orchestration, and a little different take on the timba mix of styles of influences. Renewable is not to say interchangeable; a lot rides on the "who's who" of who is singing or playing with which band, when, and often it lends each era in a band's recording and performance history its own classic character, even when the same material is repeated.
The repertoire is the soul of the band, evergreens mingling with new innovations as the dance bands constantly battle each other for the Cuban public's attention.
Timba bands also tend to have BOTH a piano and synth keyboard or "teclado" player, so the setup for Bamboleo was interesting: One guy alone played both piano and traditional synth keyboards, which were mounted together on one stand, while Lazaro in the frontline wielded a Roland AX-Synth. The bass player switched out instruments, carrying his rock bass piggyback at times when opting for the electric upright.
It's his first time touring in the States, since he joined Bamboleo only about 5 or 6 years ago. Before that, he spent 4 years with Pachito Alonso y sus kini-kini.
The set was about an hour and a half, and I recognized a lot of songs from their most recent albums, 's Quien Manda? Here is Tania singing "Los Guapos" from the new album: Bamboleo singer Ronny The "audience participation" number, a chestnut of any live timba show, was the rumba-based "Atrevimiento" from the album Mi Verdad.
There are some great dancers here, especially the guy in all-white dancing rumba: My favorite, most unpredicted moment of the night was this funky mambo version of "Tequila" as a mashup with The Beatles' "Come Together. Pretty infectious: This crowd was smaller than those for Manolito and Pupy in DC, probably owing a lot to the fact that it was a Sunday night.
All these shows happened in different venues with different promoters, so it's hard to know the effects of such variables on turnout.
It's also hard to figure out if we are making headway or not, as far as developing a timba tour network that may, one day, stretch into the Southeast? Posted by Sylvia P. The built-out combo, with piano, electric guitar, Latin percussion and drumset, gives welcome dimension to Cristian 's acoustic-guitar-driven originals. It was mayhem on the dance floor until 2 am, following the live set, with DJ Salsa Mike spinning the traditional tropical mix.
Publicity has been spotty for Cuban timba band Bamboleo 's U. Available at www. Below, from his last concert there, Cristian sings an original on the patio low light, sound only : With a decidedly romantic timbre to his voice, and Latin pop sensibilities drawing on the bolero tradition, the year-old appears to have a lot of commercial potential.
Performing sometimes as a solo or trio act, he also works with a backing band that rocks more formidably, featuring Venezuelan core musicians from the local scene: pianist Andres Leon , percussionist Josue Bracho Quintero , and others.
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Zephyros blows in to Raleigh Greekfest. Baltimore band Zephyros Greek Festival in Raleigh Raleigh's Greek Festival got off to a good start last night with a Friday dinner rush; around 5 pm, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church 's website slowed as people printed out their coupon for complimentary admission.
Sit down dinners, gyros and calamari, a nice selection of Greek wines and beer, coffee, and baklava sundaes were among the homemade treats on offer at the Exposition Center at the NC State Fairgrounds. Stavros Blicas and Dave Drosinos Live band Zephyros is back again from Baltimore, having played Fayetteville's Greek Festival last weekend, and the guys welcomed me back as their "official" videographer see my coverage of last year's Greek Festival.
I'm not an expert on Greek music, but I can tell that it requires a high level of musicianship, especially on instruments I don't get to hear too often, such as clarinet and bouzouki.
I also love the dance rhythms and the unstoppable medleys. Backlogged video from the vault: Tropic Orchestra performing at the Peruvian Independence Day Celebration back in July: Rey Riera , seen on guiro here, has since taken over the bass position from Jeff Nelson.
This gig was missing a trombonist, so Tamahl Gorham stepped in to double up on trumpets. Andres Leon takes a piano solo at the min mark. The Peruvians have a healthy appetite for salsa, as well, and even after a full meal, they didn't hesitate to take to the dance floor. An evening gig at the Copacabana in Raleigh, advertised here earlier, has been cancelled.
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