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Omar Sosa Pictures of Soul
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Omar Sosa Ayaguna
Omar Sosa Sentir
Omar Sosa Free Roots
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Omar Sosa Free Rots
Omar Sosa Inside
Omar Sosa Bembon
Omar Sosa Prietos
pictures of soul

  1. Portrait (4:02)
  2. The Call (4:50)
  3. Kachirumba (4:53)
  4. Eye Of The Blackbird (2:04)
  5. Dreams (1:35)
  6. The Wandering Night (4:49)
  7. Cuzco Refrain (2:52)
  8. Intermezzo (1:08)
  9. Trace Of Burning Stars (3:22)
  10. Green Silence (5:05)
  11. Winter Of The Flower (5:23)
  12. Sweet Summer (3:35)
  13. Serenade For Two (2:45)
  14. Kiss Of The Rain (1:26)
  15. Pilgrimage (8:15)
  16. Black Exit (0:27)

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Pictures of Soul Pictures of Soul (OTA1012, release date: 1/2004)


A Pictures of Soul is an improvised music collaboration between Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and Los Angeles-based percussionist Adam Rudolph. These two creative musicians have enjoyed each other’s work at a distance for several years. Both share an appreciation of ritual trance music – music that leads us into altered states of consciousness. In April of 2002, when Sosa and his Septet arrived in Los Angeles for a run at the Jazz Bakery, it was possible for these kindred spirits to meet and make music together. The result is Pictures of Soul, a poignant aural journey into the transcendent realms of the creative music process.
Sosa and Rudolph both experience their art as an interactive spiritual voyage. Their approach in the studio called simply for an openness to explore musical landscapes together – without charts, without rehearsal. In Pictures of Soul we find a wide range of expression, from delicate introspection to fiery dance. Sosa plays mostly acoustic piano, both on the keys and inside the instrument. Rudolph is featured on an array of hand drums, including djembe, tarija, dumbek and tabla.Sosa has released ten recordings on the Otá label since 1997, including 2002’s GRAMMY-nominated Sentir. He performed recently with his Octet at the opening of Carnegie Hall’s new Zankel Hall, about which Alex Ross of The New Yorker remarked that Sosa has “a ferocious flair for rhythm and a keen musical wit”. Composer John Adams, who curated the opening of Carnegie Hall’s new venue, commented that “Sosa is a deeply creative musician with an extraordinary harmonic sense. His piano playing is sui generis: It has obvious roots in Cuban music, but he’s taken his approach to the keyboard into completely new regions”. And Don Heckman of The Los Angeles Times recently wrote “Sosa’s vision of contemporary jazz reaches across every imaginable boundary”. For more information, please visit www.melodia.com.Mr. Rudolph, a native of Chicago, is known as one of the early innovators in what is now called “World Music”. In 1977 he co-founded The Mandingo Griot Society with Gambian musician Foday Musa Suso, one of the first bands to combine African and American music. In 1988, he recorded the first fusion of American and Gnawa music with Moroccan sintir player and vocalist Hassan Hakmoun and jazz trumpet great Don Cherry. In the same year, Rudolph began his association with the legendary Yusef Lateef, which continues to this day. Hailed by Down Beat as “a percussion wizard”, he currently leads his own ensemble, Go: Organic Orchestra. For more information on Mr. Rudolph, please visit www.metarecords.com.

Fans of improvised music as well as aficionados of all types of intimate jazz settings will find Pictures of Soul a rewarding listen. For more information, press kit, or interviews, please email pictures@melodia.com.


 
a new life

   1. Calling The Baby (0:29)
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Una Mano (2:38)
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Three Persons (1:14)
   4. Crash De La Tierra (2:19)
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Vuelvo Iyawo (5:17)
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Danzón De Los Indios (3:50)
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Escucho (5:06)
   8. El Puente Conversando (5:52)
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El Aliento (1:59)
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Memory (5:26)
   11. Paloma Herida (5:27)
   12. Ofrenda (5:39)
   13. El Campo De Arére (6:40)
   14. La Otra Mano (3:44)
   15. Crashing Waves (4:52)
   16. Sueños De Infancia (2:59)
   17. Nacimiento (4:52)

18. Otra Nana (3:35)

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A new Life A New Life (OTA1011, release date: 9/2003)

A New Life , Omar Sosa's third solo piano outing, is a heartfelt set of 16 improvisations recorded at Hidden Barn Studio on the bluffs above Big Sur, California overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The work is dedicated to Omar's first child, Lonious Said, born in July of 2002. The pieces of A New Life revolve around the themes of childbirth and infancy, reflecting Omar's experience as a new father. The mood is generally relaxed and contemplative, in contrast to the largely percussive style of Omar's ensemble playing.
Omar's first solo piano CD, Omar Omar (OTA1001) was released in 1997, a lively, up-tempo set of improvisations, while his second solo piano recording, Inside , released in 1999, features the quieter, more introspective dimensions of Omar's musical sensibilities. A New Life includes a bonus track entitled "Otra Nana", recorded at Audio I by NPS Radio in Hilversum, The Netherlands. The release of A New Life in Canada comes in conjunction with Omar's recent Monument National solo piano concert at the Montreal Jazz Festival on July 2, 2003.

Talking about the relationship between jazz and Cuban music in a recent issue of the Los Angeles Times, Don Heckman writes that "a new phase in the jazz and Cuban music linkage is being unveiled by gifted pianist Omar Sosa. Previous blendings of the two genres have tended to emphasize the powerful energies of Afro-Cuban rhythms in combination with the harmonic structures and improvisational qualities of jazz. Sosa, however, has moved beyond the parallelism of musical elements into a kind of natural, organic expressiveness in which the musics' separate identities are replaced by a seamless, creative mutuality. Sosa has all the traits necessary to become one of the important figures in jazz" (January 19, 2003).


 
Omar Sosa ayaguna

  1. Black Reflection (7:27)
  2. Una Tradicion Negra (8:08)
  3. Iyawo (opening) (2:32)
  4. Dias de Iyawo (8:49)
  5. Africa Madre Viva (6:13)
  6. Trip in the White Scarf (7:44)
  7. Toridanzón (6:10)
  8. Eleggua in the Road (9:02)
  9. My Three Notes (7:14)
    10. Bonus Video Track:
         Iyawo (Peace Refrain)

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Ayaguna (OTA1010, release date: 3/2003)

In this new live Duo recording, Omar celebrates his ongoing collaboration with Venezuelan percussionist Gustavo Ovalles. These two kindred spirits have been performing together since 1999, delighting audiences throughout Europe, Japan and the United States with their inspired musical chemistry and creativity.

Ayaguna was recorded at Motion Blue in Yokohama, Japan, the newest of the Blue Note venues in that country, in July 2002. The intimate duo setting allows Omar to exult freely and passionately at the piano (Inside and out), moving with ease from intensive groove patterns to delicate, balladic modes of expression.

The performance is enhanced by the live interaction of the Motion Blue sound engineer, who provides an undulating dimension of audio effects throughout the concert. While the various sound effects interact with the piano performance, Gustavo's percussion accompaniment provides a steady base for the aural feast.

Gustavo is featured on a number of interesting Venezuelan percussion instruments including quitiplas and culo'e puya, as well as congas, bongo, maracas, guiro, snare and cymbals. An extraordinary synergy and sensitivity between the two musical voices is evident throughout the recording.

The title, Ayaguna , is taken from Ifa, the religious practice of the Yoruba culture of West Africa, and its New World offspring in Cuba (known as Santeria). Ayaguna is one of the paths of Obatala, the deity of peace and wisdom, albeit a path of Obatala as a young and fierce warrior, for whom revolution is a necessary part of change and progress. Both Omar and Osvaldo are "sons" of Obatala in their practice of Santeria, from which they draw much inspiration.

Ayaguna includes an enhanced CD bonus track version of the ballad Iyawo, featuring multi-media visual production by London-based VJs Marc Silver and Nick Hillel, collectively known as Yeast. The bonus track offers an engaging glimpse into one of Omar's new directions for live performance, in which the VJs sample, mix and project images onto a large screen in synchronization with the music.


 
Omar Sosa sentir


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1. Opening for Elegguá
2. Sucesion en Blanco
3. Rojo Changó
4. Manto Blanco
5. Toridanzón
6. Ajul Yemanyá
7. Oda la Negro
8. Sister in Yellow
9. Cielo y Mar Azules
10. Tres Notas en Amarillo
11. Rojo y Negro
12. Eggun
13. Sentir

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Sentir (OTA1009, release date: 3/2002)

Continuing the development his groundbreaking World-Jazz sound, Cuban composer and pianist Omar Sosa combines traditional vocals and rhythms from Cuba, Morocco and Venezuela with contemporary jazz harmonies and spoken word in an extraordinary new recording full of passion and spontaneity. Featured on the CD are Moroccan vocalist and multi-instrumentalist El Houssaine Kili, Cuban/Yoruba vocalist Martha Galarraga, and Venezuelan percussionist Gustavo Ovalles.

As part of his ongoing exploration of the African roots of music in the Americas, Omar's concept for Sentir involves each musician using his or her own folkloric expressions and finding a common musical vocabulary for communication and improvisation. Another part of Omar's approach involves the use of color as the basis of musical expression and the commonality of these 'spiritual zones' or trance states within the African Diaspora. The result is a fresh and poignant sound - one that celebrates the strong affinity of traditional musical roots and religious ceremonies in these cultures.

Omar brings together the guembri, a traditional musical instrument from the Gnawa culture of North Africa, with bata drums, and Afro-Venezuelan percussion instruments such as the quitipla and culo e' puya. The guembri replaces the usual acoustic bass, and the darbukkah and tan-tan, both percussion instruments from Morocco, often replace the smaller bata drums. Several tracks feature the lyrics of Washington, DC-based spoken word artist Sub-Z. Also contributing to the project are San Francisco-based percussionist John Santos and a number of Moroccan musicians including Yassir Chadly, Bouchaib Abdelhadi, and Moulay M'Hamed Enneji Fakihan (Nass Marrakech).


 
Omar Sosa prietos



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1. Elegguá
2. Takes A Second
3. Mother Africa
4. Niño Divino
5. Cha-Amarillo
6. Sleeping Lion
7. Blanco En Africa
8. Twice As Sad
9. Why So Complicated?
10. Fragile
11. Desde Allá
12. Prietos
13. Misa

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Prietos (OTA1008, release date: 5/2001)

Cuban composer and pianist Omar Sosa's new large-ensemble recording Prietos continues to blaze new musical trails with its explosive mix of sounds from Cuba, Morocco, Ecuador, Venezuela, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, and the United States. Voices and instruments from all of these cultures find joyful expression in this fresh, powerful, passionate CD.

Exploring Latin jazz beyond its traditional Cubop expressions, Omar Sosa juxtaposes folkloric melodies and rhythms with contemporary jazz harmonies. Yoruba (Cuba) and Gnawa (Morocco) chants are intertwined with hip-hop (U.S.) verses to create a modern, urban sound with a Latin jazz heart. Omar Sosa is a 21st century mix of Thelonious Monk back from the beyond and Eddie Palmieri in the full-blown and innocent spirit of his youth.

Prietos is World Music in its truest sense. Not "music to make you feel good", but strong, uncompromising sounds - yet always welcoming, and above all honest. Throughout this recording we hear Omar's genius as an arranger and his extraordinary inspiration at the piano.

Prieto is Spanish for black - really black. Omar uses Prietos as the title of this recording because he wants to put the music of many black cultures together on the same plate, giving expression to the fact that they are all children of the same Mother Africa.

On this recording you'll find tongues in Arabic, English, Portuguese, Spanish, and Yoruba, as well as instruments like the gimbri, oud and bendir from North Africa, djembe drums and balaphon from West Africa, and its sibling from Esmeraldas (Ecuador), the marimba.


Omar Sosa Bembon

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1. Negros
2. Para Dos Parados
3. Lapiz En Pigalle
4. Marimchacha
5. Juntos
6. Dame Un Tiempo
7. Campos Verdes
8. Narcosa Con Yalode
9. Gracias Señor
10. Bembom
11. Torbelegg

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Bembon (OTA1007, release date: 3/2000)

"Modern Urban Music with a Latin Jazz Heart "

"Omar Sosa will be ranked among the great
wizards of the keyboard, like Chick Corea."
-North Sea Jazz Festival, 1999

Like his CDs Free Roots (OTA1003) and Spirit of the Roots (OTA1005), Omar Sosa's new large-ensemble recording Bembon is an amazing mixture of Cuban, jazz, spoken word, and world music elements. Omar's is a World Jazz vision, gracefully weaving a tapestry of musical threads from Afro-Ecuadorian, Afro-Cuban and Afro-American traditions. His subtle fusion of rhythms, harmonies, voices, and instruments is an exploration of Latin jazz beyond its traditional Cubop expressions.

Bembon is a word commonly used in the Afro-cultures of the Americas to describe a person with thick lips. With courage and affection, Omar takes the term as the title of his new CD to symbolize the common African roots of black music and culture in the Americas. Throughout this new recording we hear Omar's genius as an arranger and his extraordinary inspiration at the piano.

Bembon was recorded and mixed in Quito, Ecuador during the summer of 1999. It features musical themes from the Esmeraldas region of Ecuador, the Lucumi culture of Cuba, and from black American R&B and hip-hop forms. For the first time, Omar uses a classical string quartet to enhance the subtlety of his arrangements. Bembon features contributions from Cuban percussion masters Orestes Vilato and Pancho Quinto, and from Ecuador's Papa Roncon.


Omar Sosa Inside

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1. Para Ella
2. The Boy Is Here
3. Muy Solo
4. Fue en Paris
5. Shirma
6. Caminan
7. Ojos Locos
8. One For You
9. Gracias Señor
10. Solas

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Inside (OTA1006, release date: 9/1999)

Cuban pianist Omar Sosa's new CD, Inside , contains an intimate and engaging set of solo piano improvisations. They are at times pensive and introspective, at times romantic, playful and delicate - always inventive and unpredictable.

"Omar Sosa is the cat to watch these days," writes noted Bay Area music critic Chuy Varela. "His impressionistic musings are creating an exciting buzz - they are an imaginative aural feast". About Omar's first solo piano CD, Varela wrote, "Omar Omar (OTA1001) is a stunning album marked by unorthodox technique, offbeat rhythmic energy, and harmonic boldness. Omar's musical imagination is eclectic, mysterious, wryly humorous, and wonderfully improvisational". Inside follows in a similar, if slightly quieter, vein.

Showcasing at the IAJE Convention in Los Angeles earlier this year with percussionist John Santos, Omar's creativity caught the attention of North Sea Jazz Festival producers (Holland), where Omar performed in July of this year. The Festival exclaimed that "Omar will be ranked among the great wizards of the keyboard, such as Chick Corea and George Duke". Omar returns to Europe in October with John Santos for the European release of Inside , his second solo piano recording.

Inside follows the release earlier this year of Omar's extraordinary large ensemble recording, Spirit of the Roots (OTA1005). Part three of Omar's "Roots Trilogy" is scheduled for release in January 2000. Part one of the Trilogy is Omar's groundbreaking 1997 CD Free Roots (OTA1003).


Omar Sosa Spirit o the roots






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1. Elegguá
2. La Tela Pa' Oya
3. It's My Head
4. Fabriciano Con Changó
5. Tienes Un Solo
6. To Miles and Joseito Ibaé
7. Agua Larga Pa' Yemayá
8. Remember Monk
9. Chancletera
10. Antes De Ir Va Esta
11. Mi Negra, Tu Bombón
12. Para Ella
13. Elegguá

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Spirit of the Roots (OTA1005, release date: 1/1999)

Omar Sosa's Spirit of the Roots is a celebration of the hybrid African spirituality that developed in Cuba, Ecuador, Brazil, and the United States over the past several hundred years. It is a complex blend of many voice of the African Diaspora - in English, Spanish, and Yoruba - over a rhythmic base containing many layers of drumming also drawn from these cultures. Sosa absorbs from each culture that touches him - the energy and storytelling of hip-hop, the free-spirited experimentation of jazz, the heartfelt power of an AfroEcudorian choir, and the celebration of sensuality of Cuban popular music.

Like many other young Cuba musicians, Omar is also influenced by the dexterity and energy of jazz-fusion, and his conception of this music reflects his own meditative and inquisitive nature. It leads him to explore the styles of Bola de Nieve and Perruchin, and to consider the ways Cuban musicians have incorporated elements of their African cosmology into their music.

In seeking the roots of his own spirituality, Omar pays tribute to pianists Thelonious Monk and Lili Martinez, whose musical voices have influenced his own playing. In Thelonious Monk, Omar hears a kindred soul, questioning the dominant cultural and musical boundaries of the day.

Omar's creativity brings together this wealth of experience and reflection in a beautifully crafted package blessed with ache. Take off your shoes, close your eyes, and allow the sounds to take you on a journey to the Spirit of the Roots .

 

 


Omar Sosa Nfumbe

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1. Entrada
2. Muevéte en D
3. Nfumbe
4. Modupue
5. Caribeño
6. Un Congo En Savilla

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Nfumbe (OTA1004, release date: 10/1998)

In their musical collaboration, Omar and noted Bay Area percussionist and educator John Santos allow the intuitive, the mysterious and the spontaneous to claim free reign.

In this live duo recording, Sosa and Santos do indeed capture a very special chemistry. John plays a variety of rare hand percussion instruments as well as congas and bata drums.

Omar is simply inspired.

 

 


Omar Sosa Free Roots

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1. Travieso
2. Fue Mentira
3. Buscanda La Clave
4. Raya
5. Cha Cha Du Nord
6. Para No Lo Lei
7. Mis Tres Notas
8. Afro Cués A Dada
9. Shirma
10. Guajira de Capital
11. Ponlo Debajo, Mierda
12. Para Dos

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Free Roots (OTA1003, release date: 7/1997)

There is an invigorating new jazz sound coming from Cuba, a music of great virtuosity and innovation drawing on a wide range of musical tradition - from Latin jazz to straight-ahead to European classical music. Omar is one of the leading ambassadors of this new Cuban sound.

His impressionistic music encompasses cha-cha grooves and Monkish phrases, Yoruba chants, hip-hop beats and rhapsodic melodies.

Free Roots was greeted with widespread acclaim, and was selected by Paris music critic Remy Kopoul as #1 Album of the Year in France (1997).

 

 


Omar Sosa Omar Omar



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1. Remember The Clave
2. Guajira Barroca
3. Muévete In D
4. Breezes
5. Angustia With Tumbao
6. Campos Verdes
7. A–oranza
8. Cha Cha Du Nord
9. My Three Notes
10. Toritesón
11. Otra Cosa
12. Saubadaba
13. Two Crazy Colors
14. Rain Falls

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Omar Omar (OTA1001, release date: 7/1997)

Omar's first solo piano recording is a stunning album marked by unorthodox technique, offbeat rhythmic energy and harmonic boldness. Omar's musical imagination is eclectic, mysterious, wryly humerous, and wonderfully improvisational.

Omar Omar is a reflection of my inner landscape -- my life experiences, my state of mind, my emotions. These are transmitted sometimes through sudden inspiration, other times through more traditional compositional techniques. Musical themes surge from an inspiring force within, each with its own imagery, harmony, and color -- each searching its roots in Cuban music, of which I will always be a part, body and soul. I use the rhythms and forms of native Cuban music to create movement between traditional and contemporary styles."
OMAR SOSA PALACIOS.

 

 


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