2002 Latin GRAMMY Nomination for “Sentir”

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2002 Latin GRAMMY Nomination for “Sentir”

Omar Sosa was recently nominated for a Latin GRAMMY Award for Best Latin Jazz Album for his most recent recording, “Sentir” (OTA1009). “Sentir” combines Omar’s Afro-Cuban roots with Latin jazz, Gnawa ritual music, hip-hop, and music from Afro-Venezuelan folkloric traditions. Writes Robert Leaver in The Beat magazine, “Sentir is a truly groundbreaking recording that fuses Afro-Cuban and Moroccan folklore with jazz attitude and a rap overlay.”

The 3rd Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, to be held on September 18 in Hollywood at Kodak Theatre, will present awards in 40 key categories covering many genres and sub-genres of Latin music. A complete list of nominees can be found at http://press.grammy.aol.com/3latin.pdf.

Following two special shows this month with saxophonist David Murray (one on August 23 in Rocella Jonica, Italy; the other on August 25 in the Azores, Portugal), Omar heads back to the United States in September for several small ensemble dates in Northern California,as well as a brief tour in the mid-West with his Octet:

Saturday, September 7 Merced Multicultural Arts Center, Merced, CA (Quartet)

West Coast Live radio broadcast, 10 AM PST (see www.wcl.orgfor affiliate stations & schedule)
Monday, September 9 Yoshi’s, Oakland, CA (Sextet)
Tuesday, September 10Yoshi’s, Oakland,CA (Sextet)
Thursday, September 12Fresno State University, Fresno, CA (Quartet)
Saturday, September 14 Sonoma Valley Jazz Society, Sonoma, CA (Trio)
Monday, September 16Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA (Quartet)

Thursday, September 19 Music Hall, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (Octet)
Friday, September 20Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, WI (Octet)
Saturday, September 21 World Music Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (Octet)
Sunday, September 22World Music Festival, HotHouse, Chicago, IL (Octet)

For further details on times and ticket prices, please visit www.melodia.com. Also on the program at the Museum of Contemporary Art on September 21 is the JUBA Quartet (from Chicago); and on the program at HotHouse on September 22 is Tama (from Mali).

Featured in the small ensemble on September 7, 12 and 16 will be noted saxophonist and professor of music, Hafez Modirzadeh.

The Yoshi’s line-up will include vocalist Martha Galarraga (Cuba), percussionist Gustavo Ovalles (Venezuela), vocalist Yassir Chadly (Morocco), saxophonist Eric Crystal (San Francisco), and hip-hop lyricist/rapper Brutha Los. Rounding out the line-up for the Octet performances will be drummer Elliot Kavee (New York) and bassist Geoff Brennan (Chicago).

Details of Omar’s 26-city European tour this Fall (October and November) can also be found at www.melodia.com. The premiere of Omar’s work for symphony orchestra remains January 24, 2003 at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, CA, by the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Michael Morgan conducting.

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