Omar Sosa & the New VJ Ensemble – Paris & San Francisco

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Omar Sosa & the New VJ Ensemble – Paris & San Francisco

EXCLUSIVE ENGAGEMENTS: Paris & San Francisco

Always one for stretching boundaries and experimenting, Cuban composer and pianist Omar Sosa brings an entirely new, multi-media concept to Paris and San Francisco this Spring. Working in collaboration with London-based video artists Marc Silver and Nick Hillel, collectively known as YEAST, Omar will present four concerts that fuse new digital video technology with live performances by the Omar Sosa Duo, featuring master Venezuelan percussionist Gustavo Ovalles. The VJs will sample, mix and project images, illuminating the venues in synchronization with the live musical performance. The content is both personal and political, with messages that enter first the realm of the emotions.

PARIS
Tuesday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 19
Studio de L’Ermitage
8, rue de L’Ermitage
75020 Paris
For tickets please call 01 40 09 64 66 or FNAC locations

SAN FRANCISCO
Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street at 3rd Street
San Francisco
Tickets $18.00 regular; $15.00 adance, seniors, students; $10.00 members
Call 415-978-2787 or visit www.YerbaBuenaArts.org

Joining the Duo as special guests in San Francisco will be Moroccan vocalist Yassir Chadly, didjeridu master Stephen Kent, and hip-hop lyricist/rapper Brutha Los.

Gustavo Ovalles plays a number of traditional Venezuelan percussion instruments, including quitiplas and culo’e puya, as well as congas, bongo, maracas, guiro, snare and cymbals. In February 2003, Omar Sosa and Gustavo Ovalles released a live Duo recording entitled “Ayaguna” (OTA1010). Writing in the February 22 issue of Billboard, Philip Van Vleck notes that “the entire album is simply transcendent. Sosa is shaping a new synthesis of Latin and American Jazz”.

For more information and complete tour schedule, please visit www.melodia.com or email OTA Records at duo@melodia.com.

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