Sept. 11, 2010. Jazz al Parque was an amazing concert, the production, the audience, the incredible energy. Unforgettable. I will upload more videos of this soon, but for now here’s a sponatneous one that someone in the audience uploaded on youtube.
First step towards the next Cheap Landscape CD. With Alfredo el negro Rosado on ‘caja’ vallenata, and Yeiser Samir Rosado on guacharaca! September 4, 2010. This recording was possible thanks to Carolina Ponce de León, and to the Van Lier Fellowship from Meet the Composer
This was a remarkable night for me, playing with Ted Poor (drums) and Stomu Takeishi (bass) in Bogotá. I enjoyed that gig a lot! Thanks to El Anónimo, and el mono (its owner) in Bogotá for the most welcoming vibe, and for believing that honest, live music is what it’s all about. September 10, 2009
This tune is a tribute to my friend Diego Obregón who is a beautiful musician from Guapi, Colombia. Besides being one of those musicians for whom music pours out in the most outstanding, organic, natural and totally rhythmic-perfect way, Diego is a first rate traditional Colombian marimba maker, and carrier of the Pacific Coast tradition, perhaps the kind of Colombian music that moves me the most. “Tantas flores y no hay jardín” means “All those flowers and no garden…” for Colombians, flowers mean compliments. Diego often replies with that phrase whenever someone pays him a compliment.
with Ted Poor and Stomu Takeishi in Bogotá at El Anónimo. September 10, 2009
In Colombia, and most likely through Latin America, there’s a very popular genre of music that’s often labeled “Música para planchar”: Music for ironing. It’s romantic, very melodramatic soap opera kind of music. Here’s the Cheap Landscape’s attempt at it!
The first gig of The Cheap Landscape Trio (we had a couple as quartet before). With Ruben Samama on bass and Joe Saylor on drums. Feb. 5, 2008 at Rose in Williamsburg, Brooklyn