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The Real Stars of Salsa Music! Online
June 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$25 – $70
Conga, Bongó and Timbal
Behind the artists and celebrities, you’ll find the real stars of Salsa, the Afro-Cuban percussion section: Congas, Bongos and Timbales! In this 3-week Zoom series of spicy classes, you will learn about the histories of these percussion instruments, how they shaped the salsa genre, and how they found their way into popular American music and genres around the world. Students will also learn about the artists who made these instruments popular, the racial barriers they had to overcome to do so, and the recognition received for developing the techniques for how these instruments are played throughout the world today. Instructor and Grammy-winning artist, Omar Ledezma, Jr, combines audio and video samples with lecture and live percussion demonstration to create an engaging virtual class environment.
Week 1 (June 1st)
From rhythmic foundation to stardom – The Conga Drum: How an Afro-Cuban drum became the quintessential star of salsa music and a universal instrument. Artists: Chano Pozo, Tata Guines, Mongo Santamaria, Ray Barretto, Giovanni Hildalgo, Francisco Aguabella, Carol Steele and more.
Week 2 (June 8th)
So little but so important – The Bongos: How an instrument rooted in the traditional Cuban Son became popularized in the US. and around the world. Topics: Martin Cohen & LP (Latin Percussion Company) / Artists: Armando Peraza (Santana), Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez, Jack Costanzo, and more.
Week 3 (June 15th)
From behind the symphony to Latin royalty – The Timbales: Linking European and Afro-Cuban music, the timbales got their start with the symphony and Cuban danzones, moving to the big sound of the mambo orchestras, and finally taking center stage with salsa. Artists: Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Orestes Villato, Sheila E and more.