This month at Bolivar Hall in London will conclude with two fusion groups with their interpretations of classical and traditional pieces.
The first of these concerts will take place on 21st June featuring the Venezualan group ‘Bacalo Men’. Formed in 1999, the band flourished under the Pablo Estacio iniciative with aiming to become a ‘songo’ group (Afro-cuban rhythmn fused with melodies). However, over the years the group has continued its evolution towards a tropical rhythm fusion.
Bacalao Men have distributed their most recent LP, Sabancando and have built up a considerable following in Venezuela, where they have forged a place among the most legendary groups on the Caracas music scene. Besides Venezuela, the group has toured in Ecuador and India. Their last record is a mixture of Afro-Latino and Carribbean melodies fused with electronic beats, where you can hear intense saxaphone and trumpet accompanied by Hustavo Guerrero’s guitar playing.
Palmeras Kanibales and classical pieces
Also from Caracas, ‘Palmeras Kanibales’ will bring their reggae, ska, rocksteady Carribbean rhythm blend to London on 22nd June. Palmeras Kanibales’ performance in London is part of a seven piece European group that will soon to tour their new album.
Finally, pianists Anda Anastasescu and Albeto Portugheis from the London Schubert Players Quintet will be performing Le Jardin Enchanté on the 29th June at an “Invitation to Composers” event, a blend of classical melodies from Venezuela, France Romania, Croatia and Belarus.
Date and Location: 21st, 22nd and 29th June, 7.30pm. Bolivar Hall, 54-56 Grafton Way, W1T 5DL. Free entrance.