San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Featuring Orestes Vilato and Maria Marquez.
Azesu, a new group, co-lead by Orestes Vilato and Jonathan Alford and featuring the talents of David Pinto, Omar Ledezma, Sheldon Brown and Maria Marquez has just released a new CD. Azesu started with the idea of combining, through a true collaboration, all the musical influences of its members in a way which pays homage to the great songs and musical traditions of the Americas. Orestes brings the knowledge of a master born and raised in Cuba and one of the seminal figures in the NY salsa scene. Omar, Maria and David bring to the recording the rich musical legacy of South America while Sheldon and Jonathan add a jazz flavor tempered with a latin sensibility. The album has 'haunting, amazing' vocals by Maria, wonderful percussion work by Orestes and Omar and arrangements which blend the traditional and modern in an effortless way. We feel we represent musical tribes which have come together to make music which honors all of our roots. WWW.AZESU.COM
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La Peña is a community cultural center with a national reputation and a global vision that promotes peace, social justice and cultural understanding through the arts, education and social action.
As a welcoming gathering place, La Peña provides opportunities for artists to share diverse cultural traditions, to create and perform their work, and to support and interface with diverse social movements.
Annually, La Peña presents over 200 events with emerging and established artists; organizes an arts education program; produces new works by local artists, presents internationally and nationally renowned artists, and houses a Latin American cafe which complements the organization's mission.