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Learn two basic rhythms used in the Flamenco music of Southern Spain, with North and West African influences: flamenco tango in 4 and buleria in 3. We’ll learn the art of palmas: hand clapping in tones, as well simple rhythmic footwork, hand/foot interactions, and traditional shouts of encouragement. After demonstrating and teaching these techniques, John Martin III, the skilled percussionist for Cerro Negro, will accompany us with live singing in an improv jam session of body music. Huge fun!
Known for their live spontaneous and passionate Flamenco, Rhumba, Brazilian and Jazz; Cerro Negro returns to Hawaii with an ever-widening circle of influences from around the globe including Balken, Django Jazz, Turkish and Peruvian, all played exquisitely. Cerro Negro makes these complex interwoven rhythms seem so natural, even the odds. While remaining true to the ancient rhythmic traditions of the Gypsies, these performers are playing tomorrow’s music today. cerronegro.net
March 21, 2014
Spanish guitars, blended with Latin percussion, creates the gypsy-influenced, acoustic sound of Cerro Negro in this lively concert, to which the audience is welcome to dance!
Debuting their new album “Tessellations,” Cerro Negro will also offer a Body Music Workshop on Sunday, March 23. Enjoy both events for $35.
Known for their live spontaneous and passionate Flamenco, Rhumba, Brazilian and Jazz; Cerro Negro returns with an ever-widening circle of influences from around the globe including Balken, Django Jazz, Turkish and Peruvian, all played exquisitely. Cerro Negro makes these complex interwoven rhythms seem so natural, even the odds. While remaining true to the ancient rhythmic traditions of the Gypsies, these performers are playing tomorrow’s music today.
Lead guitarist, Dusty Brough brings us the world of odd meters from Brazil and Turkey. He creates polyrhythm with even and odd meters, pushing the boundaries of Jazz. Frank Giordano, rhythm guitarist, features new Flamenco material on the piano and adds a “cumbus” (joom boosh) from Turkey. Global percussionist, John Martin III adds an Udu drum from Nigeria and Flamenco body percussion to his exotic Caribbean, percussion blend of Congas, Cajon, Djembe, Clave, Palmas and passionate vocals.
Hawaii fans will be the first to hear Cerro Negro’s newest, hot-off-the-press CD, Tessellations – a mosaic-like blend of evolving, closely interrelated musical styles. Their four original CDs are currently enjoying international sales in Turkey, Spain, Germany, Canada and Australia. If you don’t have the entire collection, they’ll be bringing some along. Their CDs are not sold in local stores, but you can hear them at cerronegro.net
After a several year long hiatus while percussionist John Martin III added the another post-graduate degree in Music to his resume, Cerro Negro is back on tour! Over the past 12 years, Cerro Negro has toured throughout the US from the East Coast to Hawaii performing at concerts, corporate conventions and events for non-profit organizations. They’ve opened for national acts like Eddie Palmieri, Arturo Sandoval, Poncho Sanchez, Strunz & Farah, Jesse Cook, Craig Chaquico, Michael Franks, Marc Antoine and Spyro Gyra. The group has also brought multi-cultural info-tainment programs to elementary through college students.
“We cannot say enough for the musical talent of this group –their instrumental diversity and vocal flavor, rhythm and harmonics.” – eSoundz
“This is one of the best new things I’ve heard. My kids won’t stop playing it!” – President of San Diego Sociedad Flamenco Cultural
“Even if you think you have no interest in this show, I urge you to check it out.” – Steven Segiel, Tucson Weekly
“Cerro Negro sold more CDs at a show than my headliners! They are a huge favorite and I’ll have them back again and again.” – Sandy Shore, Sandy Shore Productions smoothjazz.com