MP3 Gonzalo Grau Y La Clave Secreta - Frutero Moderno
Latin, salsa fusion, Afro-Cuban, contemporary tropical, funky Caribbean, Latin jazz
12 MP3 Songs
LATIN: Salsa, JAZZ: World Fusion
*La Clave Secreta
La Clave Secreta began from a desire to rescue the now sometimes
forgotten roots of Latin music through modern arrangements that would
feature new sound elements, experimenting with salsa classics and
opening up a new world of possibilities through the foundation of
Superb musicians and friends from around the world make up LCS and
have each contributed their signature grooves to this group formerly
known as "La Timba Loca." The ensemble has found its niche as a
musical innovator of the Latin genre and has conquered open-minded
audiences with a thirst for a new sound. As one of the first timba
bands in the USA, LCS has participated in the most important festivals
and concert halls in Boston, Philly and New York. The outpouring of
affection from their fans led to the release of their first album in
2002 under the Carijazz record label titled "Mas Allá de la Habana."
Today they release their long-awaited second album, "Frutero Moderno."
LCS is not salsa and certainly not just timba but a whole lot more, a
mix of cultures and flavors with a message for serious listeners and
rabid dancers alike. That band that was at one time "loca" is now not
as crazy as we thought. Today, fronted by some of the genre''s most
talented professionals, it bears its own fingerprint...its own secret
*About the CD:
The "Frutero Moderno"...
rolls in his cart, piled high with fruta fresca, offering his
delicious merchandise in many dialects to those coming from every
corner of the globe. Only in the richness of the multicultural Latin
American community can he sell papaya one minute but lechoza the next
without changing a thing! For him watermelon is melón but also sandía
and patilla, and passion fruit can be parcha, parchita, maracuyá and
chinola and taste every bit as juicy. He welcomes us all by speaking
Dominican, Puerto Rican, Venezuelan, Cuban and Colombian too.
We hope our new release, Frutero Moderno, reflects that despite our
differences, we are all in essence very much the same. This is the
secret behind La Clave Secreta: our group''s blending and cultural
fusion in one rhythm, harmony and melody. La Clave Secreta would like
to become your frutero, sharing a note or two in the universal
language of music-the unifying force.
…comes from a very strong musical legacy. He began his musical studies at the age of five in Caracas, developing skills in many instruments from the viola da gamba to the flamenco cajón and many keys in between. He has recorded over fifty CDs and on a diversity of styles and instruments, performing, producing, and composing, Gonzalo Grau bridges both classical and popular music worlds.
In 1995, Gonzalo was awarded with a scholarship at Berklee College of Music, where he graduated in 1998 with the mention Summa Cum Laude as a Piano Performance Major. Since then he has collaborated with many projects and ensembles in traditional and contemporary Latin styles. But Gonzalo not only performs, he also produces and arranges for a variety of national and international artists such as Sally Potter Films, Mango Blue, Edwin Pabón, Brass Roots, Saxomanía, and leads his own band named La Clave Secreta (formerly known as "La Timba Loca").
He has also been part of vanguard Venezuelan projects like Maroa, Aquiles Baez Group and the Gonzalo Grau Quintet as well as the US based Maria Schneider Orchestra (Grammy Winner 2005) and Timbalaye on the Latin jazz front.
In the last ten years, Gonzalo made his way into flamenco as a multi-instrumentalist on percussion, cello and piano. He has worked with renowned artists from Spain and the US such as Antonio Granjero, La Tania, La Conja, Pedro Cortés, Jesus Montoya, Edwin Aparicio, Chuscales, Omayra Amaya, and Alejandro Granados.
Wearing his classical hat Gonzalo has collaborated with Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov in the writing of "La Pasión Según San Marcos" (2001 Grammy Award nominee), the "Ainadamar" opera (2007 Grammy Award winner) and in 2005 he composed and orchestrated for the Albuquerque Symphonic Orchestra, commissioned by the National Institute of Flamenco.
His contributions to film include an arrangement of “El Carretero” for Sally Potter’s 2004 Yes and in the theatrical realm he composed and musically directed "Landscapes and Impressions" by Craig Strong and Robert Castro and produced by the Santa Fe Opera.
Speaker of many musical languages, translator of many styles and creator of new fusions-Gonzalo Grau, the secret is out.
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