Omar Sosa & Gustavo Ovalles
Ritmos de Ayaguna

H 21:00
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h 21:00


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OMAR SOSA • piano, fender rhodes, electronics
GUSTAVO OVALLES • percussions

LThe duet Omar Sosa an Gustavo Ovalles was born in 1999 and finds his first shape in the album Ayaguna (2003), a live recording of the concert held in 2002 at Motion Blue in Yokohama. The album title is the name of a religion practice of the Yoruba culture in Western Africa, later transplanted also in Latin America. The spiritual element is evident in their music and, as they declared, it wants to give a sensation of peace and brotherhood, also expressed by their white clothes. Musically, the rich piano playing of Sosa perfectly matches with the ethnic and many-sided drums of Ovalles.

Omar Sosa is a versatile musician: composer, arranger, pianist, drummer, improviser and excellent communicator. His mix of afro-Cuban jazz and world music is expressive, rich in energy and passion, in grace and gentleness. Sosa has taken and re-elaborated some elements that are typical of every musical culture he came into contact with: hip-hop and its persuasive art of telling stories, free experimenting of jazz, warm emotions of afro-Ecuadorian chorus, sensuality of the Cuban popular music and hypnotic trance of gnawa rituals in Morocco. His music can be defined “urban contempary music” with a heart of “latin jazz”.

Gustavo Ovalles finished his first formal studies at Caracas conservatory, then passed to Venezuelan traditional drums, through a direct approach with villages popular music, searching for his true origins. His musical path brought him in also in Cuba, then in France since 1997. Ovalles collaborated with several jazz and Latin music ensembles, always offering his unique contribution. He took place in the major jazz and Latin music festival, such as Montreal, Saint-Louis in Senegal or North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands. He performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and in prestigious clubs such as Blue Note in Tokyo.