TRANSPARENT WATER TRIO Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita feat. percussionist Gustavo Ovalles (3/21/19)

RAICES: A Series Curated by John Santos

TRANSPARENT WATER TRIO Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita feat. percussionist Gustavo Ovalles (3/21/19)

Thursday, March 21st

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$36 ADV / $40 DOOR (plus fees)

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  • We are SOLD OUT of advance tickets for this performance.  There will be standing-room-only tickets available at the door starting after 8pm, once the performance has started.
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Transparent Water Trio
“Transparent Water is where world music meets world jazz, where tradition meets improvisation and where the lines of spiritual and earthy meet - the result is stunningly evocative.” - TJ Nelson, World Music Central

Transparent Water Trio is an exquisite new collaboration between 7-time GRAMMY-nominated Cuban pianist, composer and bandleader Omar Sosa, known for his blending of Afro-Cuban rhythms, and award-winning Senegalese kora master, singer and Griot Seckou Keita, featuring folkloric Venezuelan percussionist Gustavo Ovalles.

Sosa and Keita are both musical adventurers with rich global heritages spanning jazz, Latin and African influences. Transparent Water is the latest example of Omar Sosa’s transcendent determination to seek new musical combinations, a manifestation of improvisatory freedom and the joy of shared artistic expression.

“Sosa and Keita deliver a work that variously ebbs, flows and sparkles”
- Jane Cornwell, Jazzwise
Omar Sosa
Omar Sosa
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.

Transparent Water is the latest example of Omar Sosa's transcendent determination to seek new combinations, a manifestation of improvisatory freedom wherein the musical destination is subordinate to the extemporaneous joy of shared artistic expression. Omar observes that, as he did with Sentir, “What I wanted to do was create something totally improvised.”

Transparent Water—suggestive of translucence and flowing light—is a deeply spiritual recording that reveals its inspiration in the close and compassionate listening of artists engaged in a genial and captivating musical conversation, liberated from time itself, reaching across five continents to probe the collective spirit of the human condition.
Seckou Keita
Seckou Keita
Seckou Keita is a kora player and drummer from Senegal. He is a charismatic live performer and one of the few champions of the less-known and rhythmically rocking kora repertoire from Casamance in southern Senegal.
Raices
Contemporary (Latino) American Music
Curated by John Santos


A concert series of diverse Latino (American) music representing hemispheric creativity in a wide range of formats interpreted by several of the most dynamic interpreters in the field. The term America in its true sense refers to North, South and Central America as well as the Caribbean islands. Accordingly, Latin American music defies brief descriptions. Folk syles and rhythms in traditional and evolutionary settings, dance music and jazz play seminal roles in this series.

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