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Press release 2/17

 



Omar Sosa

Hip Hop Jazz composer Omar Sosa hails from Cuba and lives in Northern California since 1995.

From his label:

"There's 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. One of the leading ambassadors of this new Cuban sound is Omar Sosa.

The marriage of jazz and Cuban music - New World cousins related by African ancestry - has given birth to some of the most intoxicating music of the past 50 years. In New York in the late '40s, Dizzy Gillespie and the fabled Cuban conguero Chano Pozo created a bracing new music merging Cuban polyrhythms with modern jazz harmony and improvisation. In Havana, a decade later, the legendary bassist-composer Isreal "Cachao" Lopez fused mambo and jazz in  late-night jam sessions that fueled Latin jazz and salsa. Today, young Cuban players are making remarkable music drawing on an even wider range of sounds - secular and sacred AfroCuban forms, bebop, classical music, pop tunes, modal and free jazz.

The original, free-flowing Omar Sosa comes to us from this vein. His impressionistic music encompasses cha-cha grooves and Monkish phrases, Yoruba chants, hip-hop beats and rhapsodic melodies. The award-winning Cuban composer and pianist brings the economy of Thelonius Monk and the melodic richness of Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea to the rhythmic power of AfroCuban music.

Since his arrival in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1995, Omar Sosa has invigorated the local Latin jazz scene with his explosive, adventurous playing. The next year Omar made his U.S. recording debut with "Omar Omar" (OTA1001), a stunning album marked by unorthodox technique, rhythmic energy and harmonic daring. In 1997 Omar released "Free Roots" (OTA1003), featuring 14 musicians, including Cuban percussionist Jesus Diaz, drummer Elliot Kavee, and rapper Will Power. In it Sosa reveals more of his musical imagination which, though grounded in his AfroCuban experience, is eclectic, mysterious, wryly humorous, and wonderfully improvisational. "Free Roots" was greeted with widespread critical acclaim, and was selected by Paris music critic Remy Kolpa Kopoul as #1 Album on the Year in France.

Also during 1997, Omar began his ongoing collaboration with noted Bay Area percussionist and educator John Santos. They released a live duo recording entitled "Nfumbe" (OTA1004) in conjunction with their appearance at the San Francisco Jazz Festival. Omar has performed recently with his quartet at the San Jose Jazz Festival, the Stanford Jazz Festival, the Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz and the Monterey Jazz Festival. Also in 1998 Omar enjoyed two successful tour of France.

Omar's latest CD "Spirit Of The Roots" (OTA1005) features over 30 musicians, including Cuban percussionists Pancho Quinto and Orestes Vilato. In this new CD Omar combines his musical roots in Cuban popular music and Yoruba spiritual practice with jazz, hip-hop and music from the black folkloric tradition of Esmeraldas on the north coast of Ecuador. It is a passionate, playful and original work.

For more information contact www.melodia.com or call (510) 834-0325.

Discography

 

Spirit of the Roots
Ota Records

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1. Eleggua
2. La Tela Pa' Oya
3. It's My Head
4. Fabriciano Con Chango
5. Tienes Un Solo
6. To Miles And Joseito, Ibae
7. Agua Larga Pa' Yemaya
8. Remember Monk
9. Chancletera
10. Antes De Ir Va Esto
11. Mi Negra, Tu Bombon
12. Para Ella
13. Eleggua

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"SPIRIT OF THE ROOTS, the second CD in Omar Sosa's Roots Trilogy, fuses the Afro musical traditions of Cuba, Ecuador and North America. He is part of a new generation of Latin musicians who are exploring Latin jazz beyond its traditional cubop-centrisms.

On several tracks Sosa introduces Afro-Ecuadorian percussive instruments, chorus, and rhythms. Indeed many Afro-American rhythms remain to be explored in Latin jazz. "It's my head" begins as an African cut. Ecuadorian, Cuban, and Hip-Hop vocalists exchange brief commentaries before Sosa goes into one of his percussive piano solos. Although there is use of vocal chants and phrases, rather than dominate the music, these only add to the rhythmic pulse."

Read the rest of this fine review by Gregory Pappas at Picadillo. Go to http://picadillo.com/omar_sosa.htm

Also, you will find an exclusive Picadillo interview with this thoughtful, imaginative musician, in English and Spanish plus links to a recent San Francisco Weekly article about Omar Sosa.

Omar Omar
Price Club Productions

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

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Free Roots
Omar Sosa

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Schedule for 2005 (updated 5/05)

See www.omarsosa.com/tour.php?Formevents_Page=1#events

for tours in Europe, Japan, and the US

2004

See melodia.com/tour.php for updates

PERFORMANCE DAY
CITY
VENUE INFORMATION
CONCERT INFORMATION
June 25, 2004 

Essaouira,
Morocco

 

Omar Sosa Duo, featuring
Miguel “Anga” Diaz, percussion
and special guests 

June 30, 2004 

Rome, Italy

 

Roma Jazz Festival
La Palma (Rome)

 

Omar Sosa Quintet, featuring
Miguel “Anga” Diaz, percussion
El Houssaine Kili, vocals
Luis Depestre, saxophones
Childo Tomas, bass 

July 2, 2004 

Venelles,
France
(Marseille)

 

Festival Acousmies

 

Omar Sosa Trio, featuring
Miguel “Anga” Diaz, percussion
El Houssaine Kili, vocals

July 3, 2004 

Cardiff, Wales
(U.K.)

 

Worldport Festival

 

Omar Sosa Trio, featuring
Miguel “Anga” Diaz, percussion
El Houssaine Kili, vocals 

July 4, 2004 

Fano, Italy

 

Festival by the Sea

 

Omar Sosa Quintet, featuring
Josh Jones, drums
El Houssaine Kili, vocals
Luis Depestre, saxophones
Childo Tomas, bass 

July 13, 2004 

Puy en Velay, France

 

Musicalies

 

Omar Sosa Quintet, featuring
Miguel “Anga” Diaz, percussion
Luis Depestre, saxophones
Childo Tomas, bass
El Houssaine Kili, vocals 

July 21, 2004 

Milan, Italy

 

Latinoamericando

 

Omar Sosa Quintet, featuring
Miguel “Anga” Diaz, percussion
Luis Depestre, saxophones
Childo Tomas, bass
El Houssaine Kili, vocals 

July 23, 2004 

Naples (Napoli),
Italy

 

Naples Jazz Festival

 

Omar Sosa Quintet, featuring
Miguel “Anga” Diaz, percussion
Luis Depestre, saxophones
Childo Tomas, bass
El Houssaine Kili, vocals 

July 24, 2004 

Comeglians, Italy

 

Teatro l’Alpina di Comeglians

 

Omar Sosa Quintet, featuring
Miguel “Anga” Diaz, percussion 

July 30, 2004 

Yokohama, Japan

 

Motion Blue Yokohama

 

Omar Sosa Quintet, featuring
Dhafer Youssef, oud
Luis Depestre, saxophones
Childo Tomas, bass
Josh Jones, drums 

July 31, 2004 

Yokohama, Japan

 

Motion Blue Yokohama

 

Omar Sosa Quintet, featuring
Dhafer Youssef, oud
Luis Depestre, saxophones
Childo Tomas, bass
Josh Jones, drums 

August 1, 2004 

Tokyo, Japan

 

Blue Note Tokyo

Special “Ex-Blue” Evening, featuring
DJ Spinna and Omar Sosa solo performance

 

Omar Sosa Quintet, featuring
Dhafer Youssef, oud
Luis Depestre, saxophones
Childo Tomas, bass
Josh Jones, drums 

August 2, 2004 

Tokyo, Japan

 

Blue Note Tokyo

 

Omar Sosa Quintet, featuring
Dhafer Youssef, oud
Luis Depestre, saxophones
Childo Tomas, bass
Josh Jones, drums 

August 3, 2004 

Tokyo, Japan

 

Blue Note Tokyo

 

Omar Sosa Quintet, featuring
Dhafer Youssef, oud
Luis Depestre, saxophones
Childo Tomas, bass
Josh Jones, drums 

August 9, 2004 

Corsica, France

 
 

Omar Sosa Duo, featuring
Miguel “Anga” Diaz, percussion 

August 13, 2004 

Cagliari, Sardenia,
Italy

 

Jazz in Time

 

Omar Sosa Quintet, featuring
Miguel “Anga” Diaz, percussion
Childo Tomas, bass
Luis Depestre, saxophones
El Houssaine Kili, vocals 

August 15, 2004 

Trevi, Italy

 

Trevi in Piazza

 

Omar Sosa Quintet, featuring
Miguel “Anga” Diaz, percussion
Childo Tomas, bass
Luis Depestre, saxophones
El Houssaine Kili, vocals 

August 17, 2004 

Scarlino, Italy

 

Grey Cat

 

Omar Sosa Quintet, featuring
Miguel “Anga” Diaz, percussion
Childo Tomas, bass
Luis Depestre, saxophones
El Houssaine Kili, vocals 

August 21, 2004 

Helsinki,
Finland

 

Helsinki Festival

 

Omar Sosa Quintet, featuring
Miguel “Anga” Diaz, percussion
El Houssaine Kili, vocals
Luis Depestre, saxophones
Childo Tomas, bass 

October 2, 2004 

Leeds, England

 

Leeds College of Music

 

Omar Sosa Quintet
“Mulatos” Tour 

October 3, 2004 

London, England

 

Queen Elizabeth Hall

 

Omar Sosa Quintet
“Mulatos” Tour 

October 22, 2004 

Berlin, Germany

 

Jean-Paul Bourelly presents
Black Atlantic / Congo Square
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
Berlin

www.hkw.de

 

Improvised music collaboration with
Tony Allen
Ayibobo
Joe Bowie
Adam Rudolph
DJ Spooky
Torch
Jane Cortez
Jazzanova 

November 2, 2004 

Vienna, Austria

Birdland

Omar Sosa Quintet 

November 3, 2004 

Vienna, Austria

Birdland 

Omar Sosa Quintet 

November 4, 2004 

Vienna, Austria 

Birdland 

Omar Sosa Quintet 

November 5, 2004 

Vienna, Austria 

Birdland 

Omar Sosa Quintet 

November 6, 2004 

Vienna, Austria 

Birdland 

Omar Sosa Quintet 

December 2, 2004 

Paris, France

 

New Morning

 

Record Release Party for
“Mulatos” (OTA1014), featuring
Steve Argüelles, drums
Dieter Ilg, bass
Dhafer Youssef, oud
Miguel “Anga” Diaz, percussion
and special guests 

 

 

Omar Sosa will appear on the A&E Network's "Breakfast With The Arts",

with host Elliot Forrest:

Sunday, March 7

8-10 AM ET
7-9 AM C
6-8 AM MT
8-10 AM PT (check listings for availability)

"Breakfast With The Arts" is a Sunday morning series covering the full range of popular, performing and fine arts, with programming ranging from world premiere in-studio performances, to documentary specials, to full-length classical performances, to insightful one-on-one interviews with the major artists of our day.

Omar Sosa's "Breakfast With The Arts" appearance on Sunday, March 7 will feature a duo performance with famed French-Caribbean percussionist Mino Cinelu, whose credits include Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, and Stevie Wonder, to mention just a few.

Omar's interview with host Elliot Forrest touches on his latest CD release, "Pictures of Soul", with world music innovator, percussionist and composer Adam Rudolph. Omar and Adam will celebrate the release of "Pictures of Soul" with four California concerts in March:

March 17 HEAR Music, Santa Monica, CA (Los Angeles)

March 18 The Monday Club, San Luis Obispo, CA

March 20 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA: www.yerbabuenaarts.org

March 22 Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA: www.kuumbwajazz.org


In April, Omar will be joined again by Mino Cinelu in a number of concert dates on the East Coast, including:

April 14 Rhythm Foundation presents, Artime Theater, Miami, FL: www.rhythmfoundation.com

April 15 Joe's Pub, New York, NY: www.publictheater.org

April 17 Cape May Jazz Festival, Cape May, NJ: www.capemayjazz.com

April 18 Southam Hall, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: www.ottawajazzfestival.com

For more details on these and other Omar Sosa performances, please visit www.melodia.com.

"Pictures of Soul" is available at your favorite record store, or visit www.melodia.com

"Sosa's pianisms evoke distant echoes of McCoy Tyner's power, Keith Jarrett's improvisational flights of fancy, and Thelonious Monk's angular harmonies, transforming the piano into 88 well-tuned drums".
-Village Voice (Eugene Holley), February 18, 2004

 

"Sosa's syncretic worldview is a welcome mix of the sacred and the secular,

offering an aural representation of our sepia-toned, syncopated

citizenship".

-Village Voice (Eugene Holley), February 18, 2004

2003

OMAR SOSA NEWSLETTER
OTA Records * Number 20
Oakland, CA * February 20, 2003

www.melodia.com

Omar Sosa tour schedule in Europe and the United States:

February 21 Croydon Clock Tower, London, U.K.

    Trio with Martha Galarraga & Gustavo Ovalles

February 27 Espace Senghor, Brussels, Belgium

    Trio with Martha Galarraga & Gustavo Ovalles

March 6 & 7 Sala Clamores, Madrid, Spain

    Trio with Gustavo Ovalles & Childo Tomas

March 11 Salle Nougaro, Toulouse, France

    Quintet with Martha Galarraga, Gustavo Ovalles,  El Houssaine Kili & MC Breis

March 14 Theatre Municipal, Fontenay Le Comte, France

    Quintet with Martha Galarraga, Gustavo Ovalles, El Houssaine Kili & MC Breis

March 18 & 19 L'Ermitage, Paris, France

    Omar Sosa & the New VJ Ensemble with Gustavo Ovalles, and from London, VJs Marc Silver          &   Nick Hillel.  For tickets call 01 40 09 64 66

March 22 L'Art-Chipel, Basse Terre, Guadaloupe

    Quintet with Martha Galarraga, Gustavo Ovalles, El Houssaine Kili & MC Breis

March 29 Les Swing de Mars, Dreux, France

    Quintet with Martha Galarraga, Gustavo Ovalles, MC Breis & Childo Tomas

April 10 Jazz a Commercy, Commercy, France

    Trio with Martha Galarraga & Gustavo Ovalles

UNITED STATES TOUR

April 18 & 19 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

    Omar Sosa & the New VJ Ensemble, with Gustavo Ovalles, and from London, VJs Marc Silver & Nick Hillel, plus special guests Yassir Chadly, Stephen Kent & Brutha Los 

    for tickets call 415-978-2787 or yerbabuenaarts.org

April 20 Theater on High Street, Moorpark (Los Angeles), CA

    Trio with Martha Galarraga & Gustavo Ovalles

April 21 & 22 Dakota Bar & Grill, St. Paul, MN

    Quintet with Martha Galarraga, Gustavo Ovalles, Geoff Brennan & Eric Crystal

April 23 Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

    Quintet with Martha Galarraga, Gustavo Ovalles, Geoff Brennan & Eric Crystal

April 24 Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge, MA

    Trio with Martha Galarraga & Gustavo Ovalles

April 25 Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

    Trio with Martha Galarraga & Gustavo Ovalles

April 26 Joe's Pub, New York City

    Trio with Martha Galarraga & Gustavo Ovalles

    Two shows 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM
   
for tickets call 212-239-6200 or publictheater.org

May 3 Calvin Simmons Theater, Oakland, CA

    Special collaboration with Dimensions Dance Theater
   
For show times and ticket prices, check www.melodia.com.

Omar's latest CD, "Ayaguna", a live recording with Venezuelan percussionist Gustavo Ovalles, is now available in stores worldwide. For distribution information, please email dist@melodia.com.

For booking worldwide, please contact:

3D Family
4, rue Felix Terrier
75020 Paris
FRANCE

00 331 40 09 64 66 phone

00 331 40 09 12 34 fax

www.3dfamily.org

info@3dfamily.org

For booking in Northern California, please contact:

Oye Productions
100 Lower Via Casitas, #4
Greenbrae, CA 94904

415 461 3180 phone
415 461-6627 fax

www.oyeproductions.com

linda@oyeproductions.com

For management and record label please contact:

OTA Records
484 Lake Park Avenue, #32
Oakland, CA 94610
U.S.A.

510 339 3389 phone
510 339 0389 fax

www.melodia.com

music@melodia.com

 

Previous engagements

Duo - January 3 - 19th Annual Int'l Jazz Festival - Munster, Germany***
Trio - January 30 - L'Atelier Volant - Lausanne, Switzerland
Trio - January 31 - Moods - Zurich, Switzerland
Duo - February 1 - Macon, France
Duo - February 4 - CC JJ Rousseau - Seyssinet, France
Duo - February 5 - Les Trinitaires - Metz, France
Duo - February 6 - Le Chabada - Angers, France
Duo - February 7 - Le Noctambule - Albi, France
Duo - February 8 - Barbican - London, England
Duo - February 14 - Clamores - Madrid, Spain
Duo - February 15 - Clamores - Madrid, Spain
Trio - February 21 - Croydon Clock Tower - London, England
Trio - February 27 - Espace Senghor - Brussels, Belgium
Duo - March 7 - 6° Festival de Jazz de la Universidad - Sevilla, Spain
Trio - April 10 - Jazz à Commercy, France

*All dates with Gustavo Ovalles (except January 3)
**Trio with Martha Galarraga
***Duo with Miguel "Anga" Diaz (January 3 only)

Dear Friends,

We'd like to convey a final reminder that Omar Sosa and his band will be at Yoshi's in Oakland, CA (510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square) on Monday and Tuesday, September 9 & 10. This will be Omar's first time at Yoshi's as a leader, and an opportunity for him to showcase material from his recent Latin GRAMMY nominated CD, "Sentir". Tickets are $16.00 and are available by calling Yoshi's at 510-238-9200, or by visiting www.yoshis.com. There are two shows nightly at 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM.

Joining Omar for these special performances will be Martha Galarraga (from Cuba) singing Yoruba chants (FBI willing); Gustavo Ovalles (from Venezuela) playing batas, congas, bongo, and several Venezuelan percussion instruments (including culo e puya and quitiplas); Yassir Chadly (from Morocco) singing Arabic chants; Eric Crystal (San Francisco) playing saxophones; Brutha Los (Oakland) providing the hip-hop lyrics; and Geoff Brennan (now in Chicago) playing acoustic bass.

Other Northern California dates include:

September 7 Merced Multicultural Arts Center

September 12 Fresno State University

September 14 Sonoma Valley Jazz Society

September 16 Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz

Please see www.melodia.com for details...

The Omar Sosa Octet will tour in Europe this Fall:

October 12 Warwick Arts Center - Coventry, England

October 13 Queen Elisabeth Hall - London, England

October 16 Nancy Jazz Pulsations - Nancy, France

October 17 Enjoy Jazz - Ludwigshafen, Germany

October 18 Spielboden - Dornbirn, Austria

October 19 Quasimodo - Berlin, Germany

October 20 Pavillon - Hannover, Germany

October 22 Theater - Russelsheim, Germany

October 23 JVC Jazz Festival/Melkweg - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

October 25 L'Aeronef - Lille, France

October 26 Festival de Rive de Giers, France

October 27 Jazz Contrebande - La Ferney Voltaire, France

October 30 Pavillon Theater - Brighton, England (TRIO w/Martha & Gustavo)

October 31 Cuba Si! Festival - Glasgow, Scotland

November 1 Jazz Velannet - Lavelannet, France

November 2 Arenberg Theater - Antwerp, Belgium

November 3 Redoute - Passau, Germany

November 4 Cankarjev Dom - Ljubjana, Slovenia

November 8 Leverkusener Jazztag - Leverkusen, Germany

November 9 Verden I Norden - Oslo, Norway

November 12 Théâtre Duchamp Fleuri - Rouen, France

November 16 MJC Picaud - Cannes, France

November 19 La Coursive/Scéne Nationale - La Rochelle, France

November 20 Le Moulin de Roc - Niort, France

November 21 La Blaiserie - Poitiers, France

November 23 Le Cap - Aulnay-sous-Bois, France (near Paris)

November 28 Jazz à Reims, France

For booking worldwide, please contact:

3D Family
4, rue Felix Terrier
75020 Paris

FRANCE

00 331 40 09 64 66 phone

00 331 40 09 12 34 fax

www.3dfamily.org
info@3dfamily.org

For booking in Northern California, please contact:

Oye Productions
100 Lower Via Casitas, #4
Greenbrae, CA 94904

415 461 3180 phone

415 461-6627 fax

www.oyeproductions.com

linda@oyeproductions.com

For management and record label please contact:

OTA Records
484 Lake Park Avenue, #32
Oakland, CA 94610
U.S.A.

510 339 3389 phone

510 339 0389 fax

www.melodia.com
music@melodia.com

 

For those interested in a sneak preview of Omar Sosa's next recording, "Sentir", set for release on March 12th, please check out the audio samples and commentary by New York Times Jazz Critic, Ben Ratliff, at: www.nytimes.com/arts

U.S. tour dates for the Omar Sosa Septet this spring include:

April 11 Unity Church, San Luis Obispo, CA

April 12 Paradigm Jazz Club, San Diego, CA

April 13 Earshot Jazz at "On The Boards", Seatte, WA

April 14 Richard's on Richards, Vancouver, BC

April 16 Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles, CA

April 17 Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles, CA

April 18 Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles, CA

April 19 Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles, CA

April 20 Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles, CA

April 21 Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles, CA

April 26 OneWorld Theatre, Austin, TX

April 27 Houston International Festival, Houston, TX

April 29 Outpost, Albuquerque, NM

May 4 SF JAZZ at Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, CA

May 5 Big Sur Jazz Festival, Big Sur, CA

March dates for the Omar Sosa-John Santos Trio include:

March 8 Mills Hall, University of Wisconsin School of Music, Madison, WI

March 9 Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL

 

OMAR SOSA NEWSLETTER

OTA Records * Number 11
Oakland, CA * November 25, 2001

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

Cuban composer and pianist Omar Sosa will perform December 7, 2001 at Strictly Mundial in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, a four-day World music conference and cultural event bringing together artists, producers, festival directors, distributors and record companies to exchange views and listen to new music. Accompanying Omar will be Gustavo Ovalles (percussion) and Martha Galarraga (vocals), both members of Omar's current touring and recording ensemble.

We are also pleased to announce that Omar Sosa has received a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation in New York to support the development and production of "From Our Mother", Omar's work for symphony orchestra and folkloric ensemble, scheduled for debut in early 2003 with the Oakland East Bay Symphony under the direction of conductor Michael Morgan. The new grant comes in association with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Omar's ongoing sponsor of the work.

In January 2002 Omar will tour in France with percussionist Gustavo Ovalles in a series of Duo performances. Paris concerts include two nights at the Musée Dapper, January 25 and 26. Full schedule to follow in our next newsletter, or check www.melodia.com. Omar's next recording project will be released worldwide on March 12, 2002. Entitled "Sentir", Omar continues his genre-expanding fusion of traditional voices and rhythms from Cuba, Morocco and Venezuela together with contemporary jazz harmonies and spoken word. Omar brings together the guembri, a traditional stringed instrument from the Gnawa culture of North Africa, with bata drums, Afro-Venezuelan percussion instruments, and singing from all three cultures. Featured on the CD are Moroccan vocalist and multi-instrumentalist El Houssaine Kili, Venezuelan percussionist Gustavo Ovalles and Yoruba (Cuban) vocalist Martha Galarraga. The result is a World Jazz sound infused throughout with a sense of freedom and spontaneity.

Omar's first tour in the United States with his Septet is scheduled for April 2 to May 8, 2002. Venues interested in presenting the band can contact OTA Records at 510-339-3389 or email music@melodia.com.

For more information please visit www.melodia.com or email music@melodia.com.

OTA Records
484 Lake Park Avenue, Suite 32
Oakland, CA 94610
U.S.A.

510-339-3389 phone
510-339-0389 fax
www.melodia.com

===================

OMAR SOSA NEWSLETTER
OTA Records * Number 9
Oakland, California * July 12, 2001

During a break in his summer Septet touring schedule, Cuban composer and pianist Omar Sosa will offer a special concert with Moroccan vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Yassir Chadly:

Saturday, July 21 * 8:30 PM

at the Main Post Chapel in the Presidio

SAN FRANCISCO

Mr. Chadly is featured on Omar's current CD, "Prietos". He will also participate in Omar's next recording project, "Sentir", scheduled for release in Spring 2002. Fernando Gonzalez writes in the July issue of "Down Beat" that the results of this collaboration "have a consistent musical coherence and emotional integrity", where "the sum is greater than the parts". Sosa's world jazz "uses global sounds to tell his own personal story."

The July 21 concert is presented by BAJAS in association with KCSM. Tickets are available at the door, or in advance by calling 415-461-3180. For directions call 415-561-6873.

The remainder of Omar's summer Septet touring schedule includes:

*July 24 Les Fenals, Fitou, France (Duo with percussionist Gustavo Ovalles)

*July 26 Festival des 5 Continents, Marseilles, France

*July 28 Festival de Cornouaille, France

*July 29 Tempo Latino, Vic Fezensac, France

*August 1 l'ete Frappe, Grenoble, France

*August 2 Spoletto Festival, Spoletto, Italy

*August 3 Avignon Jazz Festival, Avignon, France

*August 5 Evora, Portugal

*August 8-12 Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany

*August 24-25 TLG, Tokyo, Japan

For updates on Omar's concert schedule, please see www.melodia.com

Past schedules

October 18, 2000

Festival Jazz sur son 31, Toulouse (France)

October 19

Fiesta Latina, Marseille (France)

Oct. 20-26

Half Note Jazz Club, Athens (Greece)

October 27

Muehle Hunziken, Rubigen (Bern, Switzerland)

October 28

Jazzfestival, Frankfurt (Germany)

October 29

Quasimodo, Berlin (Germany)

October 31

Schlachthof, Bremen (Germany)

November 1

Tollhaus, Karlsruhe (Germany)

November 2

Jazzhaus, Freiburg (Germany)

November 3

Festival Schichtwechsel, Volklingen (Germany)

November 5

Leverkusener Jazztage, Leverkusen (Germany)

November 8

Tribu Festival, Dijon (France)

November 10

Reigen, Vienna (Austria)

November 11, 2000

Aalener Jazzfest, Aalen (Germany)

Omar's ensemble will feature Elliot Kavee on drums, Geoff Brennan on acoustic bass, Sheldon Brown on saxophones, Gustavo Ovalles on percussion, and Will Power, Sub-Z, and Martha Galarraga on vocals. This week Omar Sosa participates in a recording project with saxophonist David Murray in Dakar, Senegal, and prior to his tour will perform as a duo with percussionist Gustavo Ovalles at the Tron Lounge in Glasgow, Scotland.

For more information, visit our website at www.melodia.com

March 17, 2000 Duo with percussionist John Santos
Noe Valley Ministry
San Francisco, California
March 18, 2000 Duo with percussionist John Santos
La Pena
Berkeley, California
March 25, 2000 Solo piano concert
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, California
April 11, 2000 Duo with Gustavo Ovalles Boulogne, France
April 12, 2000 Duo with Gustavo Ovalles Alencon, France
April 13, 2000 Duo with Gustavo Ovalles Nantes, France
April 14, 2000 Duo with Gustavo Ovalles Cholet, France
April 15, 2000 Duo with Gustavo Ovalles Limoges, France
April 20, 2000 Omar Sosa Sextet Macon, France
April 21, 2000 Omar Sosa Sextet New Morning, Paris
April 22, 2000 Omar Sosa Sextet New Morning, Paris
April 26 Omar Sosa Sextet Orleans, France
Friday, May 19 Omar Sosa Sextet
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Santa Cruz, California
Saturday, May 20 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, California
Sunday, May 21 Omar Sosa Sextet
La Pena
Berkeley, California

1999 Schedule

Saturday-Tuesday
April 25-28
Tours, France Le Petit Foucheau
w/Babatunde
Thursday
April 30
Saumur, France Solo Concert
Sunday
May 3
Paris, France CITHEA
Solo Concert
Friday
May 8
San Francisco Bruno's
with Ati Iroko
Saturday
June 6
San Francisco Noe Valley Ministry
Duo with John Santos
Sunday
June 14
San Mateo, CA KCSM Jazz On The Hill
Tuesday-Friday
June 16-19
Columbus, OH Duo with John Santos
Saturday
June 27
Palo Alto, CA Stanford Jazz Festival
with Free Roots
July 8-15 France & Switzerland Various Jazz Festivals
July 22-25 Chicago, IL Duo with John Santos
Wednesday
July 28
Sonoma, CA Sonoma Jazz Society
with Babatunde
Sunday
August 2
Portland, OR Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz
Monday
August 10
Oakland, CA Eddie Moore Jazz Festival
Friday
September 4
Point Arena, CA North Coast Jazz Festival
Saturday
September 19
Monterey, CA Monterey Jazz Festival

1999 Schedule

Monday, September 27 Milwaukee, WI w/John Santos
    El Babalu Caribbean Club
     
Tuesday, September 28 Chicago, IL w/John Santos
    Hot House
     
Wednesday, September 29 Chicago, IL w/John Santos
    Old Town School of Folk Music
     
Thursday, September 30 Madison, WI w/John Santos
    Isthmus Jazz Festival
     
Friday, October 1   Fly from Chicago to Paris
     
Saturday, October 2 Orleans, France $w/John Santos
    Orleans Jazz Festival
October 3-4   Open
     
Tuesday, October 5 Paris w/John Santos
    Sunset Club
     
Wednesday, October 6 Paris w/John Santos
    Sunset Club
     
October 8-11   Open (tentative)
     
Tuesday, October 12 Saumur, France (tentative) w/percussion
     
     
Wednesday, October 13 Saumur (tentative) w/percussion (workshop)
     
Thursday, October 14 Saumur (tentative) w/percussion
     
Friday, October 15 Les Murcaux (nearParis) w/percussion
     
October 16-20   Open (tentative)
     
October 21 Clermont Ferrand, France w/percussion
     
October 22-27   Open
     
October 28 Elysee Montmartre, Paris JVC Jazz Festival w/quartet
     
October 29 or 30 Berlin WOMEX Showcase w/quartet
     
October 31-November 10   Open
     
November 11 Strasbourg, France / Kehl, Germany Sextet tour begins: Festival Jazz d'Or
    Jazz Festival
     
November 12 Dijon, France La Vapeur
     
November 13-16   Open (tentative)
     
November 17 Paris Club (tentative)  
     
November 18   Open (tentative)
     
November 19 St. Germain-en-Laye, France Club gig: La Clef
     
November 20 Bourges, France Festival gig: Maison de la Culture
     
November 21   Open, tentative
     
November 22-23 Valenciennes, France Theatre le Phenix
     
November 24 Vannes, France Theatre Municipal
     
November 25 Le Havre, France Cafe Musique
     
November 26 Angers, France Club gig
     
December 4, 1999 San Francisco 18th Annual Encuentro del Canto Popular

To get on the Omar Sosa concert mailing list, email Scott Price at scott@melodia.com.  You can also get an up to date listing of the schedule at www.melodia.com

Press Release 2/17

Date sent: Thu, 17 Feb 2000 15:01:31 -0800
From: Scott Price scott@melodia.com
To:
omarsosa@lists.tdl.com

Subject: Omar Sosa Newsletter

Dear Friends,

We are happy to announce the release the Omar Sosa's newest CD, entitled "Bembon". Like his CDs "Free Roots" and "Spirit Of The Roots", this new large-ensemble recording is an amazing fusion 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 mixture of rhythms, harmonies, voices, and instruments is an exploration of Latin jazz beyond its traditional Cubop expressions. Omar Sosa is a year 2000 mix of Thelonious Monk back from the beyond and Eddie Palmieri in the full-blown and innocent spirit of his youth. "Bembon" will be in stores in the United States, France, and Japan on March 14, 2000.

Omar begins his Spring and Summer tour schedule in the San Francisco Bay Area. Coming up in March is Omar's San Francisco Solo Piano Concert Debut:

Saturday, March 25 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum  701 Mission, San Francisco Tickets: 415-978-2787

Also in March, Omar joins Bay Area percussionist John Santos for three of their special Duo concerts:

Friday, March 17 Noe Valley Ministry San Francisco

Saturday, March 18 La Pena Cultural Center Berkeley

Sunday, March 19 Fuel 44 San Jose

Omar's new CD "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 unite these elements. "Bembon" features contributions from Cuban percussion masters Orestes Vilato and Pancho Quinto, and from Ecuador's Papa Roncon. Also featured from Omar's core quintet are drummer Elliot Kavee, bassist Geoff Brennan, saxophonist Sheldon Brown, and the spoken word artistry of Will Power.

Omar will return to the San Francisco area in May to celebrate the release of "Bembon" with three Rrecord Release Parties:

Friday, May 19 Kuumbwa Jazz Center Santa Cruz

Saturday, May 20 Great American Music Hall San Francisco

Sunday, May 21 La Pena Cultural Center Berkeley

"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.

For more information on Omar's concert schedule, please check out our website at www.melodia.com

Peace,

Ota' Records
Oakland, California
510-834-0325 phone
510-834-3302 fax  

Links

Melodia
www.melodia.com
His label!  They also have up to date concert listings.

AfroJazz.com
http://afrojazz.com/Music_Styles/Jazz/Jazz_Fusion/OMAR_SOSA/omar_sosa.html

ThrottleBox
http://www.throttlebox.com
"We host one of the Net's largest collections of fully-sanctioned, downloadable materials."

Omar on Picadillo
http://picadillo.com/omar_sosa.htm


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