Maggie Gerrand / Queensland Performing Arts Centre / Arts Centre Melbourne / Arts Projects Australia present
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club ‘Adios Tour’
featuring Omara Portuondo, Guajiro Mirabal, Barbarito Torres and Jesus ‘Aguaje’ Ramos
The group — which has been touring the globe in different forms, guises and combinations since 1997 — will take to the road and return to Australia one last time in 2015 for a series of concerts that will celebrate the Orquesta’s storied journey as ambassadors for Cuban music.
The Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club grew out of the 1997 release of the Grammy-winning best-selling album Buena Vista Social Club, and its line-up continues to include a number of the original artists featured on the landmark recording and film.
We wanted our traditional music to live on and to enchant the world and this is what our tours achieved. It has been an incredible part of my career and life. Omara Portuondo.
Under the musical direction of band leader and trombonist Jesus Aguaje Ramos, the line-up for the ‘ADIOS TOUR’ will feature several of those who played on the original Buena Vista Social Club album and film all those years ago, including the incomparable veteran diva Omara Portuondo, trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal and laud virtuoso Barbarito Torres.
They will be accompanied on stage by those who have joined the journey along the way, including dynamic veteran tres player Papi Oviedo; Havana’s young star pianist Rolando Luna; a superb rhythm section comprising double bass player Pedro Pablo and percussionists Andres Coayo (congas), Filiberto Sánchez (timbales) and Alberto ‘La Noche’ (bongos); a three-man trumpet section led by high note specialist Luis Allemany plus Havana’s celebrated son singer Carlos Calunga and singer Idania Valdéz.
From son and guajira to danzon and bolero, cha-cha-cha and rumba,Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club ‘ADIOS TOUR’ will showcase the classic styles and rhythms of Cuban music in a new stage presentation that will feature fresh songs and familiar numbers in new versions. The shows will reflect the Buena Vista experience past and present with tributes to many of the late, great musicians who contributed so richly to the story.
Two hours in the company of the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club is a heart-warming, uplifting experience everyone should sample at least once. Edinburgh Evening News****
… taking the atmosphere up to a breathless level. The Independent
… left audiences awestruck. Financial Times
With the bittersweet delicacy of a classic bolero, the Buena Vista Social Club simultaneously celebrate the vitality and virtuosity of its musicians and mourn the era they embody. New York Times
An enduring reminder that in Cuba, the wisdom of the ages still counts for something. Rolling Stone
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