San Diego based French-American musician Josquin des Pres grew up in the south of France, the epicenter of French Gypsy Rumba that took the world by storm,when the Gipsy Kings invaded the airwaves in the late 1980s. This now popular sound which had taken birth in small communities in the south of France has now become a worldwide phenomenon. Continue reading
At ACAPARA MUSICAL, they are focused on providing YOU AND YOUR GUESTS a very intimate and humble blend of music with a sense of tradition, history and warmth permiating the spirit of brotherhood and humanity. Continue reading
Calé creates an intimate relationship with their audience, connecting almost immediately with deep, guarded places in the soul. The origin of their Latin-fusion music, shaped and re-shaped through generations, is from Spanish-Arabic, North African and Romany regions. Continue reading
Allegato takes you on an eclectic jazz journey, performing music from around the globe and in 6 languages, including songs from Brazil, Japan, France, Italy, Argentina, Cuba, Mexico and the U.S. Their world mix of Latin rhythms, swing, funk, ballads, and gypsy jazz, all with a contemporary twist, makes for a truly international music and culture experience.
Custom designed Allegato ensembles for each themed event include: World Mix, Brazil Nights, French Bistro, Mediterranean Jazz, Latin Jazz, and Japanese Fusion. World class jazz musicians as well as traditional instrumentalists including accordion, violin, Latin percussion, and Japanese koto harp.
Alli & the Cats (Classic Jazz):
A classic jazz experience, combining timeless jazz favorites from the 1920s to present. Themes include: Big band era swing, Great Gatsby, cocktail jazz, classic jazz of the Great American Songbook, as well as classic Bossa Nova, Latin jazz, and French Chansons.
From corporate events to weddings and private parties, Alli & the Cats offer sophisticated live entertainment, drenched in style that moves you, and custom designed to create the perfect ambiance for your special event.
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Barcelona Nights is a refreshing blend of Flamenco guitar and Cajon percussion. From the first note to the last, let Barcelona Nights various musical influences shine through, creating the perfect atmosphere for any corporate function.
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Alturas (formally known as RAMA NUEVE) was born in La Paz, Bolivia in 1975. During the first year the group produced the number one hit song in Bolivia. They also entered and won several folk music festivals and traveled throughout South America performing. Alturas has made his presence known in Sound Tracks, Television Appearances, and is heard in hundreds of Radio Stations around the United States of America, Latin America, and Europe. Their continuous appearances in Universities, Colleges and Festivals have brought audiences to their feet amazed at the skills and professional performance of Alturas.
In March of 2002, Alturas was nominated as Best Group in The Orange County Music Awards (OCMA) in “World Music” Category.
Alturas has always received a warm reception and this has made them take the decision to tour U.S.A. and Canada in the near future. They are looking forward to spread their music to people of all backgrounds who will lend an ear.
Whenever, and wherever they perform, their professionalism and musicianship is always admired. As Alturas begins to play, audiences cannot resist participation, clapping their hands and singing along, they are soon captivated as the music takes them up to the heights of “The Flight of the Condor” for an experience they will never forget.
Our Mariachi band has been playing together since 1994. Whether playing as a trio or a full 9 pieces they are steeped in the traditional sound of Mexico. Traditional Mariachi’s are always a great way to add ambiance to your themed event. Your guests will be think they have gone “south of the border” once they’ve heard this group play. Ole!
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Blending the sounds of Brazil, Spain, the US, Cuba, Africa, and the Middle East, Otro Mundo will take you on a musical journey around the world. The band consists of Dusty Brough on guitar, Kevin Freeby on bass, and Steve Haney on percussion. Together, Otro Mundo beautifully combines the roots of Samba, Bossa Nova, Flamenco and Latin Jazz, as well as Middle Eastern Gypsy, Mediterranean Folk and Balkan music to create a distinctive musical experience.
The band’s new self titled recording “Otro Mundo” is to be released in February of 2010. It is filled with lush harmonies and intricate rhythms, as well as a good bit of playful improvisation. Collectively, the band has toured the United States, Canada, Europe and Mexico performing at stages ranging from small intimate clubs to Eastern European rock festivals, and even the Obama White House. Their performances and recordings consistently delight audiences and musicians alike. On any given night the band members can be seen throughout Southern California, playing together or as sidemen for some of the worlds most talented artists.
Members of Otro Mundo have performed and recorded with: Stevie Wonder, Jesse Cook, Jason Mraz, The Gypsy Kings, A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire composer), Karl Denson, Flamenco legend Ines Bacan, Peter Sprague,The Greyboy Allstars, Take 6,and Ozomatli
Some of Otro Mundo’s past clients include: The Wall Street Journal, The Oprah Winfrey Show, National Geographic TV, The White House, The World Baseball Classic, Honda of America, The World Famous San Diego Zoo, The Democratic National Convention in 2008, Sea World, The United States Navy, Sempra Energy, The San Diego Wild Animal Park, Hornblower Cruise Lines, The Hotel Del Coronado, Wyndham Emerald Plaza, Cafe Sevilla, Croce’s Jazz Bar, Hyatt Manchester Grand, The Marriott Hotels, Toyota, Seaport Village, L’Auberge Hotel, Aviara Resort, La Costa Resort & Spa, and many more.
Whether it’s soothing mood music , high energy groove tunes or anything in between, Otro Mundo will will meet your musical needs.
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“Artistic Measure” band begun 2010, located in Southern California. We are musicians that work well together from several cities.
My interest in flamenco began when I was in high school. I had the fortune of taking classes with a guitar teacher who made studying basic music theory palatable to a 15 year old, a true gift for any teacher. As I expanded my listening from rock to jazz, Latin, classical, and flamenco, there was one style that really left me moved: flamenco.
Inka Kings are considered the outmost representative group in the United States that combines Andean music (Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador) with Caribbean/Tropical, Flamenco, Classic and Melodic rhythms, interpreted with Andean instruments.
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- Condor Pasa 4:36
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- Concierto Aranjuez 5:01
- Brazil 4:25
Tera has been performing for the past 25 years, 18 professionally. It all started when her Mexican father Juan Bonilla, born in Delicias, Chihuahua, met her mother Starla while she was in high school in Tustin, CA. They fell in love and that was just the beginning. Tera grew up the oldest of 5 children singing alongside her Papa on the guitar. This not only created a wealth of childhood memories but it helped her realize her love for music.
Tera began her path to being a professional entertainer by being crowned Miss Teen California (USA) after singing for the talent portion of the competition. From high school, her love of musical theatre led her to the University of California Irvine to study in their prestigious theatre department. From there,
Tera toured Europe and Japan entertaining the world. She has performed for the Primetime Emmys Governor’s Ball as well as the Academy Awards Governor’s Ball. She had a record deal with EMI Germany with her group Risquée. They released 2 albums and she again toured Europe promoting their dance, pop music.
San Diego has launched some amazing jazz artists and Danny Green, a native of Southern California, is swiftly following in their footsteps. At twenty-eight years old he has managed to carve out a place for himself in the lineup of young jazz artists who seem to have a pulse on keeping the tradition of jazz piano alive while stepping boldly into the future through the use of cultural sounds and world music rhythms.
Solazo is a fiery duo comprised of guitarist Bobby Moses Nichols & percussionist Al Martin. Performing rhythmic, melodic music they call Spanish Nouveau, their infectious interplay is sure to bring a special ambiance to any special event. Whether you want Solazo’s music to add just the right mellow background to a relaxing dinner, or add the right amount of fire to an energetic event, they will deliver. Hear the decade Bobby spent soaking up the music and culture of Latin America and Spain, or the years Al spent studying with master percussionists in Central America emerge in their music.
Solazo is modern acoustic music with a Spanish flair!
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- Cancion De La Manana 1:42
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- La Bella Sonrisa 1:40
- Que Sopresa 1:42
Miguel Lopez is a versatile and talented musician who has devoted many years to the study of the harp. He has performed on several television and radio programs in Mexico and the United States. As a result of his intense training, he has mastered a variety of musical genres such as folk music from Mexico and South America, popular, traditional, and contemporary.
Professionalism, dedication, and loyalty to the century old traditions of the music and culture of Mexico continue to drive this group to new heights.
Founded in 1978, Mariachi Real De San Diego has established itself as a leader in its genre under the direction of its founder and leader, Pedro Gonzalez. Professionalism, dedication, and loyalty to the century old traditions of the music and culture of Mexico continue to drive this group to new heights. This Mariachi group has appeared in various movies including “Top Dog”, starring Chuck Norris, “Deadly Desire” starring Jack Scalia, the TV mini series “Space” with James Garner, as well as tv commercials for the Del Mar Racing Season. Mariachi Real has also performed for the Republican National Convention, two Super Bowls, the World Series, the All-Star Game and countless festivals and special events for international corporations and dignitaries.
Ben Camargo has played all around the desert since the early 1950’s. He owned his own restaurant Called Casa Camargo and has played for many celebrities that have visited the Palm Springs area. Ben is very popular and is used year round for corporate events.
href=”http://ideasforacts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Oscar-Aragon.jpg”>Mr. Aragon was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he began his studies in classical and flamenco guitar. At an early age, Oscar had already begun to play at many fine clubs and galleries throughout Mexico.
Passion, Rhythm, Energy and Love: the elements most prominent within Emilio Castillo’s music.
A combination of Spanish flamenco guitar, South American rhythms together with modern and new age influences, make his music for both a meaningful and energetic experience.
Electric violinist Susie Hansen plays fiery Latin Jazz and Salsa, creating music that brings audiences to their feet, dancing in the aisles. Susie and her Los Angeles-based band have been acclaimed by many critics, such as Phil Elwood from the San Francisco Examiner who describes them this way: “It’s a sizzling, swinging Salsa band. Hansen can solo as if her bow was afire. The whole room was jumpin’ for joy.”
The Chicago native is a well-established jazz musician, and has developed a unique and exciting style that features her electric violin as the lead instrument of the ensemble. She has drawn on various forms of jazz and Latin music, integrating her own interpretation of traditional Cuban Charanga, a predecessor of Salsa which often features the violin, utilzing the ever-potent fire of Afro-Cuban rhythms and incorporating the compelling harmonies of straight-ahead jazz. According to Don Heckman of the Los Angeles Times, Susie “creates a brand of music that is as physically moving as it is intellectually stimulating.” Her all-star band features George Balmaseda on lead vocals, Joe Rotondi on piano, Rene Camacho on bass and Jimmy Branly on timbales, among her other great musicians.
According to Oscar Abadia, KLVE-FM, radio K-Love in Los Angeles, “Susie Hansen is the greatest Salsa violinist in America.” She has been featured as a soloist with Orquesta Los Van Van, Cuba’s premier dance orchestra, both in Los Angeles and in Havana, Cuba, and with Orquesta Aragon, the world’s most acclaimed Cuban Charanga ensemble.
Susie began studying classical violin at the age of six with her father, James Hansen, who was a violinist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 37 years. In Boston she studied violin with Eric Rosenblith, head of the string department at New England Conservatory, and she studied jazz and bebop with legendary jazz instructor Charlie Banacos. At the same time, she pursued an education in math and computer science, ultimately earning two Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After graduation, her musical career took precedence over science.
Susie formed her own jazz group in Chicago in 1982 which she led for several years. Following a successful concert of her band in Grant Park in 1986, she was invited by Victo Parra, leader of the Mambo Express All-Stars, to replace their violinist, and she soon discovered her passion for Latin music. When she moved to Los Angeles in 1988, she embarked on an in-depth study of everything and anything to do with Latin music. As can be seen from the extensive critical acclaim she has received, Susie has succeeded in turning the heads of even the most skeptical.
Mark Holston wrote in JAZZIZ Magazine, “her violin speaks the language of Latin Jazz with total fluency.” A long-time favorite in Los Angeles, Susie and her band play 175-200 live performances per year, including such events as the Playboy Jazz Festival, Fiesta Broadway, San Jose Jazz Festival, LA Salsa Festival and Newport Beach Jazz Festival. She has toured nationally with her band, and has appeared with Tito Puente, Giovani Hidalgo, Paquito d’Rivera, Orquesta Broadway, Vikki Carr, Jose Rizo’s Jazz on the Latin Side All-Stars, Orquesta Aragon, El Gran Combo, Los Van Van and Sonora Ponceña.
Susie Hansen is a recording artist on Jazz Caliente Records with two releases, her current CD, The Salsa Never Ends and her debut CD, Solo Flight. Susie plays the electric 5-string Zeta violin. She has been getting extensive airplay across the United States and in Europe, South America, and Asia, and two singles from the current CD charted well with radio and club DJs for over a year.
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- Que Pase La Tormenta 1:28
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- La Salsa Nunca Se Acava 1:37
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Javid and Naoko is a New Flamenco ensemble comprised of husband and wife guitar virtuosos. Exquisitely original guitar compositions instilled with the intense energy of the heart and the fiery passion of the soul.
Guitarist/composer Bruce Harvey is a founding member of Del Mundo. His interest in world music began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Somalia, East Africa. He spent two years in Spain, studying Spanish music and culture, before returning to the United States to form Del Mundo.
Del Mundo is Southern California’s finest contemporary flamenco band. With two flamenco guitars, bass and percussion, Del Mundo is dynamic and elegant, combining a Mediterranean feel with a Southern California Latin groove. Del Mundo has performed throughout Southern California and Hawaii, and recently concluded a successful tour of Spain, France and Italy.
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- Vino Y Puros 4:49
- Courtyard 3:51
- Mundo Nuevo 4:00
- Noche Blanca 3:35
- El Nino 4:14
- Dolphin Girl 4:54
- Samba Delicias 4:19
- Broken Wing 5:56
- Taller De Guitarras (Guitar Shop) 3:54
- Rumba Romance 3:26
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KAWEH – (Pronounced Ka-veh) – is an incredible Flamenco style pop band.
KAWEH is also the name of the talented guitarist who put together this amazing group.
“In today’s homogenized music landscape, it is rare to find a group like Kaweh that blends the best of many different sounds and cultures. Kaweh’s combination of ideas and musicianship is both exciting and engaging.” – Geoff Roach, Executive Director, San Jose Jazz Society.
“The rich acoustic guitar, passionate rhythms, and international flair of Kaweh’s music reaches out to everyone, regardless of age or style preference.” – Mountain View Ala Carte & Art Festival.
Kaweh – Their music is exciting and soulful, and captivates their audiences, worldwide. Kaweh’s style has been compared to Ottmar Liebert, and the Gypsy Kings – described as a fusion of Rumba Flamenca with Latin, Brazilian, Mediterranean & Middle Eastern influences, it is often called WORLD MUSIC, but it is much more than that – Kaweh’s music has a pop feel that will make you want to get up and dance!
Make your next event really special with the music of KAWEH.
They are affordable, professional, and audiences LOVE them!
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Sariri is a word from the Aymara culture, inhabiting Bolivia and Peru. The Sariri is a ceremonial musician, keeper of treaditional music, that travels from place to place, his arrival signifies the beginning of the Fiesta. The band’s name serves to represent that objective of bringing the beautiful traditional music of South America, especially that of the native people of the Andes region.
Sariri is Francisco Duchicela (winds, percussion, vocals), Founder and Director; Jorge Quiros (winds, strings, vocals), Musical Director and Lead Instructor; Francisco Villalobos(strings, vocals), and Eduardo Cerecer (strings, vocals). Guest musicians are occasionally included in our venues to provide opportunity for local talent and other traveling Andes musicians.
Sariri is based out of San Diego, California.
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Under the leadership of José Hernandez, Mariachi Sol de Mexico has become the Nation’s Premiere Mariachi group.