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Omar Sosa Quarteto Americanos

Aug 13, Saturday - 3pm
Hammer Theatre Stage

Cuban composer and pianist Omar Sosa is one of the most versatile jazz artists on the scene today. He fuses a wide range of jazz, world music, and electronic elements with his native Afro-Cuban roots to create a fresh and original urban sound – all with a Latin jazz heart.

Nominated for seven GRAMMY awards, twice for the BBC World Music Awards, recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Smithsonian, and recipient of the Afro-Caribbean Jazz Album of the Year award from the Jazz Journalists Association in NYC, Sosa entwines the expressive traditions of Africa and the Americas in a unique cosmopolitan voice, articulating a brilliant, joyous, and thoroughly contemporary global jazz idiom.

Omar Sosa’s musical trajectory has taken him from Camagüey and Havana to touring in Angola, the Congo, Ethiopia, and Nicaragua in the 1980s; to a sojourn in the African-descent communities of Ecuador in the early 1990s; to an extended presence on the San Francisco Bay Area Latin jazz scene; to his current engagement with artists from France, Cuba, Brazil, and several North, West, and East African nations.

Quarteto Americanos is Omar Sosa’s first U.S.-based jazz ensemble since the 1990s. The group came together in February 2021 when Omar was in the Bay Area for several live streams. Connecting with drummer Josh Jones and multi-instrumentalist Sheldon Brown was a gratifying reunion for Sosa – he played extensively with them during his early days in San Francisco and Oakland in the late 1990s.

The group plays a number of arrangements of Sosa’s signature compositions from his early career, including “My Three Notes,” “Angustia,” and “Toridanzón,” as well as new songs written by Sosa in Barcelona during the lockdown in 2020. Like his oeuvre, Quarteto Americanos’ repertoire is eclectic and energizing. Its improvisational approach seamlessly fuses elements of jazz, Latin, hip-hop, and electronica into an exciting, passionate, contemporary sound.

Nominated for seven GRAMMY awards, twice for the BBC World Music Awards, recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Smithsonian, and recipient of the Afro-Caribbean Jazz Album of the Year award from the Jazz Journalists Association in NYC, Sosa entwines the expressive traditions of Africa and the Americas in a unique cosmopolitan voice, articulating a brilliant, joyous, and thoroughly contemporary global jazz idiom.

Omar Sosa’s musical trajectory has taken him from Camagüey and Havana to touring in Angola, the Congo, Ethiopia, and Nicaragua in the 1980s; to a sojourn in the African-descent communities of Ecuador in the early 1990s; to an extended presence on the San Francisco Bay Area Latin jazz scene; to his current engagement with artists from France, Cuba, Brazil, and several North, West, and East African nations.

Quarteto Americanos is Omar Sosa’s first U.S.-based jazz ensemble since the 1990s. The group came together in February 2021 when Omar was in the Bay Area for several live streams. Connecting with drummer Josh Jones and multi-instrumentalist Sheldon Brown was a gratifying reunion for Sosa – he played extensively with them during his early days in San Francisco and Oakland in the late 1990s.

The group plays a number of arrangements of Sosa’s signature compositions from his early career, including “My Three Notes,” “Angustia,” and “Toridanzón,” as well as new songs written by Sosa in Barcelona during the lockdown in 2020. Like his oeuvre, Quarteto Americanos’ repertoire is eclectic and energizing. Its improvisational approach seamlessly fuses elements of jazz, Latin, hip-hop, and electronica into an exciting, passionate, contemporary sound.


Personnel

Omar Sosa, Piano
Sheldon Brown, Saxophone / Clarinet / Flute
Mazar Kindelán, Bass
Josh Jones, Drums

 

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