500-504 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath
Birmingham B12 9AH
8pm – entry £5
Two of the most experienced Latin guitarists in the London Tropical, Salsa and Latin music scene, Guillermo and Juan Carlos collaborate with percussionist Nickolai Rodriguez to create an exciting acoustic sound.
The basic format of the band is an acoustic trio. Two guitars and vocals accompanied by Latin percussion (Congas, Bongos, Cajon and bells). This simple setup is extremely versatile for playing a wide repertoire of Latin American tropical music. We play Colombian cumbia, chandé and currulao. ‘Son’ from Cuba and salsa from Puerto Rico and New York. Traditional corridos, rancheras and boleros from Mexico. Merengue from Dominican Republic, a few Argentinian tangos, etc.
Juan Carlos Arenas – Lead Guitar & Tiple:
Band leader with London based Latin ensemble Calarcá, Juan Carlos is an inventive improviser. His distinctive style makes him a favoured player with bands like La Charanga del Norte (playing Tres and PuertoRican Cuatro) and The Magic Carpet Trio. He is also a composer for image, film and TV. He has played and co-written with singer Tally Koren. During 2010-11 he has performed as lead guitarist of “Francois Peglau’s Fracaso Band”. And in 2013 with the RnB band Lucky Dog.
In 2013 and 2015 Juan Carlos has been a visiting artist at:
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff
Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
Guillermo Monroy – Rhythm Guitar:
Well established singer-guitarist, Guillermo sings with popular band Merengada amongst others. His characteristic voice brings to life the unforgettable tunes of Latin-America.
Singing everything from Boleros, Son & Cumbias to Mexican Corridos, he is a natural when entertaining all types of audience. Guillermo is a busy Carnival performer and a painter-sculptor.
Nickolai Rodriguez Cavanzo – Percussion:
Nickolai started to play percussion when he was 11 years old. He was fortunate enough to learn from the pupils of Paulino Salgado ‘Batata’ (Rey del Lumbalú), one of the main percussionists of the Colombian Caribbean. He has toured the whole of South America.
In the UK, he is a founder member of the UK based traditional band ‘La Papayera’
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