Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Direct from Cuba: Interactivo Concert & Lecture

March 24th, 2012 - March 26th, 2012
4:00 PM

Location
Concert: Armstrong Park, 901 N. Rampart Street
Lecture: Tulane University, 300 McWilliams Hall

On March 24, Cuba’s visionary all-star novísima trova band, Interactivo, will make their first appearance ever in the United States at the Congo Square Rhythms Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana. Enjoy this opportunity to experience Havana’s top jazz, funk, r&b, traditional Cuban music group with 12 all-star performers including band leader Robertico Carcassés (piano), Oliver Valdés(drums), Carlos Ríos (bass), Adel González (percussion), Julito Padrón (vocals, trumpet), Juan Carlos Marin (trombone), William Vivanco (vocals and guitar), Francis del Rio (vocals), Melvis Estevez (vocals) and Telmary (hip hop vocals ). Interactivo plays a blend of timba, the high energy Cuban style of salsa, and novísima trova, the latest incarnation of Cuban style troubadour songs, with funk, jazz, R&B and hip-hop.

Interactivo’s leader and visionary pianist Roberto Carcassés is one of the most prodigious musicians and producers of his generation, Carcassés has made an indelible contribution to fusion through his uniquely accented music. Since graduating from the National School Of Arts in Havana in 1991, he has played on records that have shaped the landscape of contemporary music in Cuba, most notably Trampas Del Tiempo (Pavel y Gema) and Jazz Timbero (alongside his father, trumpet player Bobby Carcassés). He has collaborated with masters such as Chucho Valdés, Wynton Marsalis, George Benson and Gonzalito Rubalcaba. With a sound best characterized by “hybridization” Carcassés’ music breaks down the aesthetic and cultural barricades that tend to separate certain genres and blends sounds taken from pure Cuban neighborhood music.

Full Event Schedule:

Interactivo concert at Congo Square Rhythms Festival
Armstrong Park – www.congosquarerhythms.com.
March 24 – 4pm

Roberto Carcassés Quartet at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro
Featuring Roberto Carcassés (piano), Oliver Valdés (drums), Carlos Ríos (bass) and Julio Padrón (trumpet)
626 Frenchmen St – www.snugjazz.com – (504) 949-0696.
March 25 – 8 & 10pm

Interactivo Roundtable on “Global Cuba”
Tulane University, 300 McWilliams Hall
March 26 – 5pm

Interactivo discusses Music & Art in Cuba
Joan Mitchell Center – 2275 Bayou Rd
March 27 – 5:30pm

Click here to see the official concert poster.
Click here to see the official contributors’ poster.

For more information visit www.cubanola.org.

This project is supported by the CubaNOLA Arts Collective, FUNDarte, ABC Charters, Congo Square Rhythms Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, Amerigroup, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, African & African Diaspora Studies Tulane University, Salsas por el Lago, Churro’s Cafe, Taqueria Corona, Coco Bamboo Pizzeria, Cafe Rose Nicaud, Boo Koo BBQ, Family Ties Restaurant & Bar, Bittles with the Vittles, and individual members of the CubaNOLA Arts Collective.

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