On this concert Tierra Mestiza – the US pianist Angélica Sánchez and the Mexican guitarist and multi instrumentalist – will present a collection of compositions from three latin countries connected by the social action and protest against tyranny.
From Brazil the legendary Chico Buarque whom spend a big part of his life in exile for his social activism during the seventies and eigthies; his music is a wonderful mix between Brazilian folklore, pop music and Jazz.
From Argentina two of their major voices Héctor Roberto Chavero better known as Atahualpa Yupanqui his Quechua name. He spent more than one time in jail because his connection with the communist party in Argentina and his opposition to the ideas of the president Juan Doming Perón; after be exile in Uruguay and Brazil he moves to France and was working with the famous singer Edith Piaf.
Also from Argentina the pianist and composer Gustavo “Cuchi” Leguizamon who was famous for his zambas, chacareras, carbavalitos, vidalas and bagualas he was known as the “Thelonious Monk of the South”.
Finally from Mexico will be presented the music of Mario Ruiz Armengol who was in exile in New York City for many years and know as “Mr. Harmony”, that was the nickname Duke Ellington called him, Ruiz Armengol was famous as “teacher” of many Jazz legends such as George Russell, Gil Evans, Yusef Lateef and Ellington.
The connection between all this music was made by Omar Tamez first as a Mexican in his study of the ethnic and folk music of his own country, then, after living and playing with many musicians from Argentina, and finally playing for the last eight years with the maestro Chico Buarque, Milton Nascimento and Hermeto Pascal to name few.
Tierra Mestiza is proud to share some of the most beautiful music from the south side of the American continent today in Buffalo.