25-Oct-2012

Thursday October 25, 2012
Concert at 7:00 pm;   Reception at 8:30 pm




Grupo los Santos will perform the music from Clave Heart, their new CD released in late September 2012 by the Origin Arts/OA2 label.  A meet-and-greet cocktail reception with the artists will follow the performance. CD's available for purchase in the lobby.

Grupo los Santos
David Ambrosio: acoustic bass, batá
William “Beaver” Bausch: drumset
Paul Carlon: tenor & soprano saxophones, batá
Pete Smith: guitar, batá

Special Guest Artists
Max Pollak: rumbatap, body percussion, batá
Kaori Fujii: flute

About the new CD: With the open and spontaneous aesthetic of New York City's jazz scene combined with inspiration drawn from traditional folkloric music of the Americas, Grupo Los Santos continues to explore their unique collective sound on their third release, Clave Heart. Here, the quartet of saxophonist Paul Carlon, guitarist Pete Smith, bassist David Ambrosio, and drummer William "Beaver" Bausch, adds batá drums, Afro-Cuban chants, and guests, flute virtuoso Kaori Fujii and long-time collaborator, vocalist and body-percussionist Max Pollak, to create a wide spectrum of sound and texture throughout this dynamic set of original compositions. “The entire group is at top peak performance, and their sound is flawless.” -JAZZREVIEW.COM 

About Grupo los Santos: Grupo los Santos has been together for 15 years developing a strong following and individual sound, with a patented blend of Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Flamenco and NYC Jazz influences; creating unique, original rumba, samba, and funky acoustic music.  Drawing from the traditional/folkloric music of the Americas, played with an open and spontaneous jazz sensibility, the band cuts a very atypical profile in New York’s Jazz and Latin Jazz scene.  The band’s love and individual deep study of these musical traditions has born great fruits, both compositionally and in performance and execution.  The sound is coherent, focused and intelligent, the music is both classic and forward-looking at the same time, and the expression is original, soulful, high-energy and transcendent of idiom. Their 2nd CD, Lo Que Somos Lo Que Sea (What We Are What Will Be – Deep Tone 2008), which had its release at NYC’s Jazz Standard in January 2008, was chosen as a “Best of” for 2008 by All About Jazz NY, and made Tom Hull’s Village Voice Jazz Consumber Guide for 2008. The Group cut its teeth in the 1990s at El Taller on the Upper West Side (honored on their first release, Noches en El Taller), and soon after with late great Cuban master trombonist Juan Pablo Torres, performing with him at NYC’s Town Hall and on the recording Together Again (BMI, with Chucho Valdes, Arturro Sandoval & Steve Turre).  Los Santos has performed around the country as well as in Havana, Cuba.  On Film, they have been featured in Como se Forma Una Rumba/How to Create a Rumba by Iván Acosta (which was shown at Lincoln Center as part of Latin Beat 2001!), and in Latido Latino, a documentary about Latin music in New York City produced by Spanish Public Television.

Admission: Suggested Donation: $10, day of show only

Location: Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music School
               46 Barrow Street, West of 7th Avenue and Bleecker Street

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