Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano w/ John Santos | SFJAZZ

Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano w/ John Santos

 

Omar Sosa
Quarteto AfroCubano

w/ guest John Santos

Friday, April 21, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

 
Omar Sosa

Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano w/ John Santos

 

Omar Sosa
Quarteto AfroCubano

w/ guest John Santos

Friday, April 21, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Omar Sosa
John Santos

Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano w/ John Santos

 

Omar Sosa
Quarteto AfroCubano

w/ guest John Santos

Friday, April 21, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

John Santos
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Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano

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> Read "Omar Sosa: Feeding The Soul" by journalist Richard Scheinin

When Omar Sosa talks about his formative influences, he always starts with Camagüey, the inland bastion of Afro-Cuban culture where he was born and raised. Before moving to Havana as a teenager to study piano at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Música, he devoted himself to percussion and marimba at Camagüey’s rigorous conservatory. He’s traveled far and wide over the past three decades, but always seems to find his way back home. His celebrated Quarteto AfroCubano, a virtuosic electro-acoustic ensemble he introduced on 2013’s Real Live (Otá Records), features fellow Camagüeyanos Leandro Saint-Hill on saxophones, flute and vocals, and Ernesto Simpson on drums and vocals (with Mozambique native Childo Tomas providing the elastic pulse on electric bass, kalimba and vocals). The quartet’s lush, mercurial sound takes on new rhythmic dimensions with special guest percussionist John Santos, an invaluable creative catalyst on the Bay Area scene since the 1970s. He and Sosa connected deeply during the pianist’s East Bay residency, touring together internationally and recording the revelatory duo albums Nfumbe: For the Unseen and La Mar.

Artist Personnel

Omar Sosa piano, Fender Rhodes
Leandro Saint-Hill saxophone, flute
Childo Tomas bass
Ernesto Simpson drums
John Santos percussion

Artist Website

"A distinct take on world jazz while renewing his own exploratory project, all within the carefully orchestrated confines of ritual space and time-honored practice " — Popmatters
"Although Cuba has produced more than its share of leonine jazz pianists, Sosa stands out among them because of the crystalline beauty of his touch and the nimbleness of his technique. " — Chicago Tribune

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