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Septeto Nacional at the Brava Theater

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Septeto Nacional Brava Theater San Francisco, CA January 17, 2016 In 1927, Ignacio Pineiro formed a group to play Cuba's traditional son music, a genre germinated in the black communities of rural Cuba. Pineiro added a cornet player to add zest and appeal, and the band, the Septeto Nacional, really took off. While the band has dissolved only to be reborn a few times, his innovative creation, the son habanero so und, proved ...

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Septeto Rodriguez: Baila! Gitano Baila!

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It's a stroke of genius, this incorporation of Cuban and Jewish music. Drummer Roberto Juan Rodriguez left Cuba at age nine and settled with his family in Miami, where he encountered exiles of diaspora, Jewish survivors dancing into their senior years to the sounds of the cha cha and mambo. A move to New York to work professionally led to further explorations of Jewish themes, playing in Marc Ribot's Los Cubano Postizos band, and eventually to the opportunity--enter John Zorn ...


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