Bay Area band Sang Matiz describes its style as urban Afro-Brazilian flamenco. But many other sounds blend into the colorful ensemble’s original music. The group began in early 2008, taking its name from “sang,” meaning “blood” in French, and “matiz,” Spanish for “harmonious mixture.” The band has issued one album and two singles of its original music, including the 2016 single, “Aventurera,” capturing the energy of its stage performances in mostly original songs that fuse Afro-Peruvian and Afro-Brazilian sounds with flamenco, funk, reggae, ska, pop, and R&B. In 2015 Sang Matiz was chosen to open Buena Vista Social Club’s farewell tour. Along with its two founders – singer-songwriter Yuriza Jared and lead guitarist Eddie Cabezas – Sang Matiz features drummer Jesus Martinez, bassist-singer Caroline Chung, and percussionist Clark Seal.
Over the last decade, Oakland’s Gamelan X has established a reputation for bringing an innovative twist to the art of Balinese marching percussion music known as gamelan beleganjur. Named “the Funkadelic of Ethnomusicology” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Gamelan X lives up to its name by delivering high-energy performances of new works by Balinese and American musicians. While drawing inspiration strongly from their roots in Balinese gamelan music and dance, Gamelan X incorporates elements of modern art music, rock, samba, funk, and North Indian tabla into a unique and sophisticated spice blend. Through their diverse influences, Gamelan X achieves a versatile and energetic sound world, contrasting invigorating, interlocking rhythms of cymbals with spacious breaths of flutes and vibrating gongs.