Duo Tour with Gustavo Ovalles – January 2002; John Santos Dates and “Sentir” CD Release Date AnnouncedScott
Omar Sosa will perform this month in France as a Duo with Venezuelan percussionist Gustavo Ovalles:
January 19 MJC, Romans/Isere
January 24 La Coupe d’Or, Rochefort
January 25 Musee Dapper, Paris
January 26 Musee Dapper, Paris
January 29 Jazz Club, Charleville Meziere
January 30 Le Cheval Blanc, Schiltigheim
(Quartet with Ovalles, vocalist Martha Galarraga, and bassist Machanguela)
February 1 Le Mediator, Perpignan
In addition, an Omar Sosa ensemble will perform in Girona, Spain on February 21st.
Between March 7 and March 10, Omar will perform with percussionist John Santos in Madison and Milwaukee, WI, and in Chicago. Details to follow in our next newsletter.
March 12, 2002 is the release date for Omar’s next CD, entitled “Sentir”. In this recording, Omar brings together the guembri, a traditional stringed instrument from the Gnawa culture of North Africa, with Cuban bata drums, Afro-Venezuelan percussion instruments, and voices from all three cultures. “Sentir” is infused throughout with a sense of freedom and spontaneity – the result of Omar’s first-time meeting in the studio with Moroccan vocalist and multi-instrumentalist El Houssaine Kili, Venezuelan percussionist Gustavo Ovalles, and Cuban vocalist Martha Galarraga.
Omar Sosa’s first tour in the United States with his Septet is slated for April and May of this year. Highlights so far include the Houston International Festival on April 27, an SFJAZZ performance at the Herbs
t Theatre in San Francisco on May 4, and the Big Sur Jazz Festival on May 5. Additional shows are shaping up in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Seattle, Vancouver, and Albuquerque. Full tour schedule and details to follow in our next newsletter.
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