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Afro-Cuban Roots & Jazz

OKAN

JUL 16–19 | Blues & Roots

Jul 19, 2020
Joe Henderson Lab
SunJul 19
6:00 PM

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SunJul 19
7:30 PM

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Taking its name from the word for heart or soul in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, OKAN fuses Afro-Cuban and other global rhythms with jazz, folk and classical forms.

Embracing genres and roles that have historically been dominated by men, co-leaders, composers and multi-instrumentalists Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne bring a fresh perspective to Latin and world jazz fusion through their powerful vocals, inspired musicianship and potent lyrical content.

Born in Havana, Elizabeth Rodriguez is a classically trained violinist who served as concertmaster for Havana’s Youth Orchestra. Magdelys Savigne hails from Santiago de Cuba and graduated with honors in orchestral percussion from Havana’s University of the Arts. Both are JUNO-nominees for their work with Battle of Santiago, and are GRAMMY nominees and JUNO winners for their contributions to saxophonist and composer Jane Bunnett’s pioneering ensemble Maqueque.

Living and collaborating in the intensely multicultural city of Toronto has enriched OKAN’s compositions with influences from Brazil, Spain and New Orleans — inspirations that are readily apparent on their debut EP Laberinto and in particular on their full-length Lulaworld Records debut, Sombras.

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With every unforgettable performance, OKAN speaks powerful truths with hope and passion.

OKAN craft jazzy, heady grooves informed by Afro-Cuban culture and a world of sound.

Chicago Reader

OKAN craft jazzy, heady grooves informed by Afro-Cuban culture and a world of sound.

Chicago Reader

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