Diáspora @ Matt & Phred's
Sunday 1st May bank holiday weekend
8:30pm until late
MOVE TO THE MUSIC. LIVE TO 100.
...under the shade of the coconut trees, the band plays you into a trance. As crickets pulsate in the sweet summer breeze, and the fireflies, they delicately dance...
DIÁSPORA is your one way ticket to the Americas. The 11-piece lineup (2 vocalists, 3 percussionists, 4 horns, piano and bass) lends itself to an expansive 'BIG BAND' sound - without losing the dynamism and spark of a small group; and combines sensuous vocals, sophisticated horn lines and explosive percussion solos. With their vision to unite the rhythms of the Americas, their music is uplifting, inspiring and unifying, and celebrates the melting pot of cultures that arose out of the African Slave Trade, whilst focusing on the Afro-Cuban and globalised SALSA idioms which have become significant musical languages and forms of solidarity and cultural exchange among communities throughout the world.
DIÁSPORA isn't your regular 'salsa band'... it's a Latin band, in the wider sense; freely mixing 'salsa' idioms with jazz, funk, rock and pop to create an explosive melting pot of sounds... it's a ‘big band’ by its very nature; equipped with all the credentials to make an exhilarating live outfit – engaging vocalists, a tight rhythm section and a big fat brass section. Hot on the heels of their second birthday bash, DIÁSPORA is developing an original body of material that brings together a tight core of driving, pulsating Latin rhythms with the sophisticated harmonies of Bossa Nova, pop, soul and acid jazz - effortlessly combining English lyrics with strains of Spanish and Portuguese - to create a sensational Latin fusion.
The band have gone down a storm at Manchester Jazz Festival and Cultural Collage World Music Festival, as well as being a firm favourite at Matt & Phred's Jazz Club over the last 2 years... And what better way to celebrate bank holiday weekend than to witness the Latin big band in its full glory - to salsa your way into the summer!
Alyss Rose - Lead Vocals
James Vielma - Lead Vocals
Andy Stamatakis-Brown - Piano
Demetris Kanaris - Bass
Dave Simpson - Kit, Timbales
Franklin Mata - Congas
Rosie Toll - Bongo, Bell, Guiro
Rory Duffy - Alto Saxophone, Flute, Backing Vocals
Olly Syrus - Tenor Saxophone
James Ball - Trombone
Mark Brazier - Trumpet
If you're bringing friends/family then be sure to book your tickets in advance as this event is likely to get very busy! Just phone 01618317002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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DIÁSPORA - United in the Latin Beat
"...a hugely talented and energetic band..."
Matt & Phred's Jazz Club
"...a young band set to ignite and inspire listeners and dancers wherever they appear..."
Manchester Jazz Festival
Salsa de Cuba
"...a great energy showing through..."
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