Concert: Venezuelan Roots


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Venezuelan Roots
Venezuelan music all around the world

Venezuelan Roots stems from the meeting of diverse personalities, each representing the expression of current trends in Venezuelan music. A careful balance between tradition and evolution is achieved through this special selection of internationally renowned musicians who reflect the musical diversity of their country.

Eddy Marcano, Leonidas Rondón, Manuel Rangel, Baden Goyo, José “Layo” Puentes and Julio D’Santiago come from different parts of Venezuela: the Andes, Eastern, Central and Capital Regions. Together they produce a sound palette in a variety of styles, which they use to create a retrospective of the vast repertory of Venezuelan music.

This unique encounter spans the arc from the past to the future of the Venezuelan music being played outside the country, since these musicians, who live in different locations across the world, bring with them the experience they have gathered through working with other music and cultures.
The musical concept behind “Venezuelan Roots” places emphasis on innovation. This includes the search for new ways of interpreting traditional codes, which involves improvisation and experimentation with various forms, structures and textures. In this respect, the compositions and arrangements which shape this project provide an ideal terrain for creative dialogue.

Venezuelan Roots

Eddy Marcano is looked up to as a violinist in Venezuela and the Americas, and also as an orchestra leader and tireless teacher. His work in the field of academic and traditional music has earned him a place of honor among the major figures in the Latin-American music scene.

Leonidas Rondón multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger, stands out as a true example of a genius in the field of Venezuelan music given the wide range of his musical abilities. His abundant creativity leads the group into new domains where the music is encouraged to grow by itself.

José “Layo” Puentes provides a solid foundation and orientation for the musical development of this project, thanks to his vast experience and knowledge of traditional music, along with the technical and rhythmic qualities evident in his compositions.

Manuel Rangel is one of the most inventive musicians of his native country. His unique style and improvisation with the Venezuelan maracas are truly daring - full of surprises and originality. In addition, he can transpose these qualities into the language of the guitar, which blends into these compositions and arrangements through a perfect kind of alchemy.

Baden Goyo incarnates the innovating energy of the new generation of Venezuelan musicians. Based in New York, where music from the whole world converges, his constantly evolving talent adds special dimensions to this project, full of finesse and evocative sonorities.

Julio D’Santiago creates a rhythmic tapestry with his percussion and drums, adding Venezuelan accents to the interwoven jazz structures and proposing new ways to direct the flow of the music and to enhance the group’s collective imagination.


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