Monday, 21st October - DOUBLE SHOW
The undisputed heir to a genre of Brasilian funk initiated by his wayward uncle Tim Maia, Ed Motta makes deceptively airy, virtuoso jazz-funk that has earned him icon status in his native Brazil.
His live sets and his recorded output effortlessly combine a host of genres including jazz, música popular brasileira, bossa nova, rock, soul, funk, reggae, classical and film soundtracks.
At the end of the 1980s Ed Motta burst upon the music scene as a major singer and one of the writers and producers in the band Conexão Japeri. He’s now fifteen albums into a career that hops from genre to genre, perhaps one of the savviest music makers and curators out there. He has played with the likes of Roy Ayers, Chucho Valdés and Ryuichi Sakamoto as well as Brazilian legends such as Marcos Valle and João Donato.
Tuesday, 22nd October
London Tango Orchestra
Fresh from their performance at La Clave Festival (the largest Latin festival in the UK), the orchestra brings a one-of-a-kind opportunity to be transported to the boites of old Buenos Aires. They are the largest professional tango group in the country, a real orquesta típica uniting leading UK tango musicians with top-notch players from Argentina. The orchestra was founded in 2009 by Caroline Pearsall and is the first of its kind in the UK, having performed at renowned venues such as the Southbank Centre, Union Chapel and the Royal Albert Hall. Their fine-tuned repertoire consists of a tasteful pick from the rich repertoire of old and new tangos, including powerfully nostalgic Piazzola suites and upbeat milonga classics. Their album recieved a raving 4-star review in Songlines magazine.
Wednesday, 23rd October
Emeris Solís & La Wey Segura present: Guapi Soul - a night of Afro-Colombian jazz
Renowned Colombian percussionist Emeris Solís (Tony Vega, Alex Wilson) presents his new project crafted exclusively for the London Latin Jazz Fest. The name Guapi Soul refers to Emeris's hometown, Guapi, in the Pacific Coast of Colombia, where the rich musical tradition includes instruments such as the unique Colombian marimba and the bombo and cununo drums.
Guapi soul brings together a 7-piece composed of the creme de la creme of Colombian musicianship, including renowned Paris-based Colombian marimbero La Wey Segura. Expect a powerful dose of Afro-Colombian percussion, traditional songs and marimba virtuosity with a jazz-infused sound. It will be the first time that a musical fusion between jazz and Colombian Pacific tradition takes place in the UK.
Thursday, 24th October
Claudia Aurora is one of Europe's most renowned Fado singers. These traditional Portuguese folk songs, once sung by the elders, are impassioned poems of loss, love and longing; in short, songs of saudade, the emotion at the very core of fado, perhaps best translated as ‘the love that remains after something is gone’ - a lover, a companion, a place. Just as surely as Fado is handed down through the ages, so are the sentiments of which it speaks.
Claudia has performed her compositions in countries as far-flung as Poland and South Korea, completed the UK’s biggest tour ever undertaken by a fado singer, and has graced the stages of renowned festivals and halls both in the UK and abroad (WOMAD, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Operal House of Oman, among others).
Friday, 25th October - DOUBLE SHOW
Eliane Correa & La Evolución Orchestra
Eliane Correa & La Evolución is a fresh, high-energy 12-piece Cuban salsa orchestra which includes some of the best Cuban and Latin musicians in the UK, playing a selection of fiery original material, Cuban-style covers of world-famous hits and some Cuban classics revisited with a young, modern flavour. Fresh from their headline show at Glasto Latino in Glastonbury Festival.
Directed by Latina powerhouse pianist Eliane Correa who has MD'd for the likes of Mayito Rivera and Maite Hontelé and arranged for Mixael Cabrera among others, the band is fronted by a team of award-winning soulstresses: Juanita Euka, Yasmeen Quintana and Manuela Panizzo. Eli & La Evolución started out inspired by the modern Havana sound of large-format salsa orchestras and soon found its own London-infused voice, featuring electric guitars and synths over powerful, distinctively Cuban grooves. La Evolución has been bringing the heat to the stages of the UK since 2011, including a 7-year uninterrupted monthly residency at Ronnie Scotts Upstairs and an array of performances at leading UK festivals.
Saturday, 26th October - DOUBLE SHOW
The AfroCuba Jazz Sessions, Vol. 1
London's blooming jazz scene is one of its defining musical strengths; as such, this night aims to provide a bridge between the Latin and Afrolatin musical traditions and the unique, evolving London jazz sound. The festival brings to you an exclusive collaboration directed by Cuban percussion virtuoso Hammadi Valdés (Chucho Valdés), where him and his team of world-renowned Afrocuban folklore percussionists share their musical tradition with UK-based jazz trumpet player Jay Phelps and his quartet.
Jay Phelps is one of the leading figures of UK jazz, as well as a prolific and versatile composer. A founding member of UK Jazz sensation, Empirical, he spent years touring major festivals while garnering worldwide media attention that UK Jazz hadn’t enjoyed for years. He has since been on the road with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Wynton Marsalis and Banda Black Rio, and has sold out two shows at Ronnie Scott's jazz club with his own big band. Also a composer and producer, his versatility spans from classical music (Chineke) to Cuban/Electronic fusion (Ariwo).
Hammadi Valdés, joined for this unique event by the creme de la creme of Afro-Cuban percussionists Gerardo de Armas (Yoruba Andabo) and Oreste Noda (Ska Cubano), is a Havana-born percussionist who, since arriving in the UK 15 years ago, has collaborated with the likes of Omara Portuondo, Jacob Collier, and Robert Mitchell. His CV also includes a Latin Grammy (Chucho Valdés) and an Olivier nomination (Carlos Acosta's "Tocororo", for which he was musical director).