Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club Adios Tour

Summer Concert Series Presented by UMB Bank

Sold Out: Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club Adios Tour

David Wax Museum

Sat, August 22, 2015

Doors: 5:45 pm / Show: 6:30 pm

Denver Botanic Gardens - York Street

$71.00 - $76.00

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club Adios Tour
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club Adios Tour
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club® released its only studio album, produced by Ry Cooder, in 1997 and achieved instant success. The album, featuring a specially assembled group of veteran Cuban musicians, was further propelled by Wim Wenders’ acclaimed film and later by a series of international tours and albums by many of the featured musicians. Buena Vista Social Club® became a phenomenon and the band’s live performances have been praised for taking the atmosphere up to a breathless level, leaving audiences “awestruck” (Financial Times).

The group – which has been touring the globe in different forms, guises and combinations since 1997 – will take to the road one final time in 2014/15 with a series of concerts and related cultural events that will celebrate the Orquesta’s storied journey as ambassadors for Cuban music. The Adios Tour represents the distillation of more than a thousand shows over 16 years involving more than forty musicians. During that time the group has evolved into a customized, dynamic, multi-generational big band in which veterans and younger performers have combined to celebrate Cuban musical tradition with flair and élan.

At the forefront of the group are musicians who will be recognized from the Buena Vista Social Club® film: trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal, laúd virtuoso Barbarito Torres, band leader and trombonist Jesús “Aguaje” Ramos, vocalist and guitarist Eliades Ochoa and incomparable vocalist Omara Portuondo. A younger generation of Cuban musicians is represented by such talents as the renowned vocalist Carlos Calunga and virtuoso pianist Rolando Luna. Joining this lineup of Cuban players is vocalist Omara Portuondo, a member of the original Buena Vista Social Club®, whose 2008 recording Gracias (World Village/Montuno) won a Latin Grammy and scored a Grammy nomination. Portuondo has been singing and performing since she was a teenager in Cuba in the 1940s but, as The New York Times review of Gracias noted, the years have done nothing to mitigate her vocal prowess: “Her voice is rich, shapely, dynamic and still sultry.” The Los Angeles Times described her voice as a formidably potent and emotionally limber instrument, noted that “her 100 minute set in San Francisco showed that she‘s an even bigger talent onstage.”

Guajiro Mirabal‘s distinctive trumpet sound and the personality embodied in his playing have earned him the moniker “The Trumpet of Cuba”. His blistering tribute to the son conjuntos of the great Arsenio Rodriguez, _Buena Vista Social Club® Presents Manuel Guajiro Mirabalf_ was nominated for a GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY and its release was met with widespread praise: “Mirabal‘s stunning performances recapture the bonhomie and verve that endeared the son montuno style to all within earshot”. The Wire

Jesus ‘Aguaje’ Ramos’ trombone has been an integral part of World Circuit‘s Cuban recordings for more than a decade and both his playing and bandleading skills have made him a key feature on tours by Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo. As musical director for Omara Portuondo and Ruben Gonzalez he gained attention on the international stage: “he understands how to truly make the trombone sing” Boston Globe.

Barbarito Torres was musical director for Celina Gonzalez’s Grupo Campoalegre and worked with many of the biggest names in Cuban music and for international stars such as Oscar de Leon. He has also played with the Afro-Cuban All Stars and his solo album “Havana Cafe” featured guest appearances by Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo.

The past few years have been tremendously successful for the orchestra. Playing sellouts in renowned venues including the Paris Olympia, London‘s Royal Albert Hall, Barcelona‘s Liceu, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Luna Park in Buenos Aires as well as prestigious festivals around the globe.

Each of the Orquestra’s artists has his or her own take on a wide range of Cuban music styles and has put an individual stamp on son montunos, danzon, cha cha cha, boleros, and Cuban jazz. Having honed their skills over many years, their passion for the music remains undimmed and this remarkable group of musical giants performs with an exuberance that is as vital as ever.
David Wax Museum
David Wax Museum
When future music historians look back at the strong currents circulating between the Americas in the 21st century, they will find Los Lobos, Calexico, and a charismatic, Missourian singing tight harmony with a Southern belle rattling the jawbone of a donkey. David Wax and Suz Slezak front the David Wax Museum, and together with their band they fuse traditional Mexican folk with indie rock and American roots to create a Mexo-Americana aesthetic. Combining Latin rhythms, infectious melodies, and call-and-response hollering, DWM was hailed by TIME for its "virtuosic musical skill and virtuous harmonies" and has built a reputation among concertgoers all over the U.S, Canada, Europe and China for "kicking up a cloud of excitement with their high-energy border-crossing sensibility" (The New Yorker). With the release of Knock Knock Get Up (September 2012), David Wax Museum has reached a level of cross-cultural integration and musical fluency that allows them to speak electrifying and heartfelt poetry with a tongue that is wholly their own.

Knock Knock Get Up is a fiercely original, rhythmically undeniable love letter to the Museum's growing global audience. It's peppered with field recordings and natural sounds from the city of Santiago, Tuxtla in the Mexican state of Veracruz. From deep in sun-drenched southern Mexico where most of the album's songs were conceived, the earliest version of Knock Knock Get Up traveled all the way to the frozen winter landscape of the Great North Sound Society in southern Maine. The album is the band's second made in collaboration with producer Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter), and was recorded in a month-long marathon at Kassirer's rustic farmhouse studio in January 2012. The Wax Museum's fourth LP is a mature and playful evolution of the band's sound: classical Mexican strumming patterns are translated onto electric guitars sporting halos of fuzz; the leona, a deep-voiced traditional Mexican guitar plays licks like an old-time, stand-up bass; and the track "Vivian" was first written as a bluegrass hoedown before it grew a Caribbean inspired accordion hook and a Brazilian drum part in the studio. With an expanded musical palate of autoharps, organs and mariachi trumpet loops, Knock Knock Get Up is gritty, intoxicating and vibrantly lush.

David Wax Museum's eclectic sound has deep roots in Mexican and American soil. On several trips south of the border, including a yearlong Harvard fellowship, David Wax has immersed himself in the country's rich traditional music culture, son mexicano, learning from the form's living masters. Suz Slezak was homeschooled by her father on a small farm in rural Virginia, and reared on music – old time, Irish, classical, and folk. The two met in 2007 and began blending their unique musical perspectives to form the band.

The bonfire of success David Wax Museum has kindled with its innovative, grass-roots approach is currently roaring. After years busking at house concerts and touring with The Avett Brothers, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and the Old 97s, DWM picked up the 2010 Boston Music Awards Americana Artist of the Year. In 2011 they released their second album, the acclaimed Everything Is Saved. The album's single Born with a Broken Heart won the BMA's Song of the Year. But critical mass came with the band's breakout performance at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival, an opportunity won by DWM fans in an online competition. NPR called their concert at Newport a highlight of the entire weekend, Bob Boilen of All Songs Considered filed their sound under "pure, irresistible joy", and the Museum was invited back to Newport to play the 2011 main stage. With an illustration in The New Yorker, #8 on Paste Magazine's list of the Best Live Acts of 2011, and a nod from TIME magazine as one of the top ten acts of 2011's South by Southwest, David Wax Museum has become one of the hottest new indie bands around.

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