Elio Villafranca & Arturo Stable - Arara

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Elio Villafranca and Arturo Stable, two Cuban-born maestros of jazz and world music, unveil Dos y Mas, the debut recording of their exquisite new piano and percussion collaboration, which was released via Motéma Music on January 10, 2012. Villafranca's virtuosic and multifaceted pianism engages Stable's poly-rhythmic percussion genius on ten original compositions that pay tribute to the spiritual, classical and traditional legacies of Cuba, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Spain.

Most steeped in the duo's shared Cuban history is the captivating, "Arara," in which the pair recreates the ancient melody of Ojún Degara, one of the oldest Arara folkloric groups living in Cuba. Taking it one step further, the beautiful melody is paired with a traditional rhythm from Danzòn, the official dance of Cuba.


from Solo & Duo Act Sampler, released January 1, 2011



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