Orquesta La Moderna Tradición with special guest Orlando "Maraca" Valle
Sat Aug 12 2023 at 06:00 pm
Freight & Salvage | Berkeley, CA
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Since 1996, the San Francisco based Orquesta la Moderna Tradición has been wowing dancers and Cuban music aficionados alike with their original take on the sweet but driving grooves of Charanga, featuring violins and woodwinds interlocking with Afro-Cuban rhythms. The Orquesta one of the only ensembles in the world carrying on the tradition of this legendary brand of popular Cuban dance music with passionate devotion. Orq. LMT thrills audiences with a mix of contemporary timba-infused arrangements guaranteed to get you on your feet and traditional danzón and cha-cha-chá transporting you back to the Havana social clubs of the 1950s.
Led by two highly regarded stalwart musicians from the Bay Area, Tregar Otton and Michael Spiro, the ensemble has played in festivals and major venues across the United States and internationally including the Smithsonian, Lincoln Center, the Stern Grove Festival, the Breckenridge Jazz festival to name a few, and loves playing for our loyal fans at local Bay Area venues such as Yoshi’s and Freight and Salvage.
The 12-piece Orquesta LMT has released four critically acclaimed albums, their latest being EnCantado featuring some of the finest performers of Cuban music that the Bay Area has to offer including Carlos Caro, Eduardo Herrera, Felix Samuel, Mike Spiro, Miguelito Martinez, and our newest member Jeff Cressman on trombones. ¡Pa’Lante!
Orlando "Maraca" Valle was born in Havana, Cuba, in September 1966. He grew up in a family of musicians and started to study the flute at the age of ten. In 1988, Maraca was asked to join his first professional group, Irakere. Irakere, very famous both in Cuba and throughout Latin America, was founded in 1973 by Chucho Valdés and Paquito D'Rivera. He worked in Irakere as a flutist, keyboard player, and arranger and through the group was introduced to a host of internationally known jazz and Latin musicians, including Dizzie Gillespie, Paquito D'Rivera, and Chick Corea. He stayed with Maraca and enjoyed six years of international fame until he left to start a solo career in 1994. On his first solo effort, El Pasaporte, he collaborated with noted Cuban percussionists Tata Güines and Anga Miguel Diaz. This jump started his career as a solo artist and gained him an outstanding national reputation as a writer, arranger, and soloist. He continued to release a series of solo records through the '90s and in 1999 formed his own group, Maraca & Otra Visión.
Where is it happening?Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St,Berkeley,CA,United States
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