World/Latin/African/Ethnic

Jane Bunnett & Spirits of Havana 25th Anniversary

2016 marks the 25th Anniversary of Spirits of Havana. Canadian flutist and soprano saxophonist Jane Bunnett traveled to Cuba and immersed herself in the island's music. Jane Bunnett’s Spirits of Havana, the landmark 1993 album that brought together North American and Cuban musicians in Havana, preceded Buena Vista Social Club by three years.

Kalabash

Colleen Allen - Saxes, Flute, Clarinet
Gareth Burgess - Steel Pans
Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo - Drums
Anthony Pierre - Percussion
Darryl Joseph-Dennie - Keyboards
Andrew Stewart - Electric Bass

AVATAAR

Sundar Viswanathan's AVATAAR marries modern jazz, Classical Indian music, Brazilian lyricism, atmospheric textures and ambiance, Javanese gamelan, and contemporary improvisation. The music has drawn comparison to Mahavishnu Orchestra, Keith Jarrett with Jan Garbarek, late John Coltrane, and Oregon. The group's mesmerizing blend of rhythmic hypnotism, sonic landscapes and soaring melody marry ancient and modern musical sounds. Petal is Avataar's debut release. Cleverly layered and cinematic in scope, the music drives and swirls through a vast sonic palette.

Mistura Fina

Mistura Fina features the delicate blending of violão, percussion and vocals, creating an exquisite sense of musical intimacy. Drawing from the tradition of Bossa Nova, the trio also explores contemporary sounds and textures to take you on an unforgettable journey through the Brazilian urban and folkloric soundscape.

Brownman & Cruzao Latin Jazz Trio

CRUZAO in it's full 5-man configuration, has been called "Canada's premiere latin-jazz ensemble" by the Toronto Star, has won a National Jazz Award, the Montreal Jazz Fest's "Grand Prix du Jazz Award", a CBC Galaxie Rising Star award & have been nominated 4 times at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. The CRUZAO LATIN-JAZZ TRIO is a compact, stripped down version of that award-winning ensemble at 3-man large.

Sinal Aberto

Sinal Aberto is an exciting Brazilian jazz quintet featuring outstanding musicians from Brazil and Canada. The group brings a jazz approach to a repertoire consisting of classic Brazilian songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chico Buarque, Djavan, Pixinguinha, Cartola and others, as well as vibrant original compositions by band members Gordon Sheard and Luanda Jones.

Conjunto Lacalu

Rooted in the Cuban sonora tradition, this group couples a dynamic three-trumpet horn section with a rhythm section featuring Afro-Cuban hand percussion, piano, bass, and tres.

Changui Havana

One of Toronto's favourite Cuban ensembles, this twelve-piece group moves effortlessly from salsa and merengue to cumbia, bachata and gritty street-style timba.

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