David Virelles Mboko featuring Roman Diaz, Eric McPherson and Thomas Morgan

Thursday, September 15th

David Virelles Ḿbọ̀kọ́ featuring Román Díaz, Eric McPherson and Thomas Morgan (New York / Cuba)

Venue:Co-operators Hall, River Run Centre
DOUBLE BILL with Marianne Trudel Quintet and Ingrid Jensen
Price: Adult: $35 / Student/Senior: $25


An evening of Afro-Cuban delight! For his first ECM recording, pianist David Virelles assembled a unique ensemble featuring two double bassists (Thomas Morgan, Robert Hurst), Marcus Gilmore (drums), and vocalist Román Diaz playing the uniquely Afro-Cuban biankoméko, a unique percussion setup consisting of four cord-and-skin drums, shakers (erikunki), wooden sticks (itones), and a metal bell (ekón). Significantly, the record’s title is Sacred Music for Piano, Two Basses, Drum Set and BIankoméko Abakuá, and Virelles’ inspiration is centred deeply in Abakuá tradition, a secret (and sacred) Afro-Cuban men's society founded in Havana in the 1830s. Through Latin ostinatos, swing rhythms, and more abstract pieces, Mboko evokes a world where the object of worship is sound itself!

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