Recordando a Xavier Cugat


[Remembering Xavier Cugat]

Roko voice
La Insostenible Big Band
Clarinet Marta Galiano
Alto and soprano saxophone Jose Miguel Cantero and Dario Garcia
Tenor saxophone and flute Antonio J. Sanchez
Tenor saxophone Miguel Ponce
Baritono saxophone Daniel Hidalgo
Trumpets Francisco Javier Carrillo, Jesus Aguilar, Francisco Dominguez, Juan Alberto Gomez and
Juan Cristobal Fernandez
Trombones Antonio Perea, Daniel Ruiz, Pablo Espinosa and Juanfra Torreblanca
Guitar Manuel Rueda
Piano Nacho Doña
Double bass and electric bass Emilio Ocaña
Percussion Abraham Quero
Drums Francisco Fernandez
Voice Barbara Pareja
Subdirection and arrangements Nacho Doña
Conductor Antonio Lara

1.40 h (w/out intermission)

The Insostenible Big Band and Roko join forces to pay a tribute to the figure of Xavier Cugat, pioneer of the rise of Latin rhythms in the United States.  Essential protagonist of the golden days of big bands and radio in Hollywood, New York and Las Vegas in the 30’s and 40’s, the Catalan conductor made music genres such as the mambo, bolero and cha-cha-cha fashionable, merging them with swing and jazz to create a new type of dance music. His staging, full of congas and maracas, dresses with frills, colourful fruit and tropical rhythms caused sensation in New York, where he was known as “the King of Rumba”.

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