CABOCUBAJAZZ

In an inimitable way, the international ensemble blends the melancholy of the Cape Verdean Islands with a generous portion of Cuban rumba, salsa and adventurous jazz.

The result: 100% CaboCubaJazz - both the listener and the dancer are taken on a journey where desire, passion, subtlety and musical fire alternate.

CaboCubaJazz performed in Canada, Thailand, Cuba, Germany, Finland, Israel, Austria, Belgium, Malaysia, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Norway and in The Netherlands.Highlights: Havana Jazz Festival, Penang Jazz Festival, Borneo Jazz & North Sea Jazz Festival.

DAFA

Dafa trio was born in the southern suburbs of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, as a result of the cultural diversity of the city. Three talented and ambitious musicians found each other and decided to embark on a musical journey through the world, combining Middle Eastern music with contemporary jazz, Balkan melodies with Afro and South American rhythms. A journey which began in times of crisis, in times of patience and, ultimately, in times of renewal.

Thus, a clarinetist (Ghaeth Almaghoot) from Syria, a pianist (Siu Tin Chi) from Macau / Hong Kong and a percussionist (Erik Larrea) from Luxembourg / Spain are exploring new paths towards an intimate musical expression and a harmonious cultural convergence.

Through their own compositions, as well as carefully arranged interpretations, Dafa invites you to their world, a world of diversity and progress, of harmony full of sounds to warm the heart.

MELORITMO

Fascinated by world music, Erik and Yves share the same passion: putting melodies and rhythms together from across the globe. Inspired by percussion of all sorts, this Luxembourgish duo will take you on a memorable trip, full of mesmerizing sounds and striking rhythms.

This crossover project between Classical and Latin percussion incorporates various styles from all over the world such as Latin, African, Tango, Flamenco and Classical music.

Having both being musically educated in Luxembourg, they only first met at the CODARTS Conservatory of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, where the two of them studied Classical and Afro-American percussion and drums.

After completing their Master studies, Erik and Yves came together to combine their musical roots in order to create a unique project: Meloritmo!

HYBRID/C

Pianist Carlos Cippelletti's most recent project and first album entitled HYBRID/C, is a musical and cultural fusion project with a common point that is Afro-Cuban music and jazz. Jazz serves as a vehicle on this journey to the roots of Cuban music and Afro-Cuban culture from a modern musical perspective. Afro-Cuban music tradition, Jazz, Neo-Soul and classical music combine to create a sound of its own. This album collects the traditional Afro-Cuban jazz sextet format, (trumpet, tenor sax, piano, double bass, congas/ batá drums and drums) including a seventh element that is electronics and synthesizers, creating a point of union between tradition and modernity. HYBRID/C, is a fusion project that shows how, regardless of our roots and age, beauty always prevails, and unites us through the most universal language we know, music.

ACCIÓN CON CLAVE

In addition to salsa and son from Puerto Rico and Cuba, “Accion con clave” also plays South American music with a different twist, such as Merengue, Bachata, from the Dominican Republic and Timba, the modern version of salsa from Cuba.
Most of the band members are already known in the Dutch Latin world and also beyond the borders. All have been professionally active in music for years, and play in the most famous salsa formations in the Netherlands. In addition to the nationalities, the fusion of cultures from the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles, Colombia and Venezuela in particular also emerges in the repertoire.

KIKUN OSUPA

Kikun Osupa consists of three friends that discovered a shared love for Afro-cuban batá drumming. Following their instincts, they decided to go together on a musical trip around the rhythms of the Afro-cuban Oru Seco. Exploring the countless rhythms of one of Cuba’s most popular and beloved tradition, Kikun Osupa remains true to its percussive passion. The trio reflects a unique personality, always wanting to learn, respect, share and evolve more. Their respectful study of a century old tradition and their innovative thinking has brought Afro-cuban batá drumming to another level of expression.

NUEVE RAYOS

Nueve Rayos is a salsa band founded by percussionist and drummer Erik Larrea, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The band performs folkloric and popular music from different Caribbean cultures, presenting many Cuban music styles, including Afro-Cuban folklore, Son, Boleros, Chachachá, Songo and Timba; Puerto Rican, Colombian and New York City Salsa styles and Latin Jazz, among others.
During a performance, Nueve Rayos is able to present a diverse repertoire of different Caribbean music styles, in a professional, elegant and entertaining atmosphere, portraying musical traditions from the Latin-Caribbean region.
The meaning of the band’s name is ‘nine lightnings’ making reference to its nine members. Each of whom are ready and charged with energy to make the world dance!

APACAY

Apacáy quintet plays a wide variety of music styles that come from South-America. From Brazilian samba to Argentinean chacarera and Peruvian landó, from Colombian cumbia to Cuban boleros and Son. The quintet started in the Rotterdam Conservatory Codarts, from a collaboration of musicians with a passion for music from South-America. The quintet plays their own arrangements of famous pieces from these Latin folkloric styles and mixes influences from Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Venezuela and Cuba. A beautiful program full of warm sounds and exotic rhythms!

SUPU

The SUPU Percussion group brings you all sorts of rhythms: spicy ones, funky ones, relaxing ones, tasty ones… Be prepared for a versatile and diverse performance with some of the best percussionists of Guangzhou, China. The group was created in the midst of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music and represents a stronghold for World percussion in South China, performing mainly in the Pearl River Delta area.