20:00 BST 11 September
ALVORADA are the UK’s leading performers of choro, a genre of instrumental music with rich melodies and infectious rhythms from Rio de Janeiro. From their original compositions to classics of the genre, Alvorada shows are filled with the irresistible swing of samba, the danceable grooves of forró, and a touch of tango and funk.
Since forming in 2016, the tight-knit quintet have performed at festivals and venues across the UK and beyond. They sold out Pizza Express Live, Elgar Room (London Jazz Festival) and Paris International Choro Festival. They have also appeared on BBC Radio 3 and JazzFM, and won the LUKAS and Focus Brasil awards for ‘Best Brazilian Band’.
Classico Latino was born in 1998 following a chance encounter between Colombian pianist Ivan Guevara and English cellist Graham Walker. Ever since, the group has developed its uniquely powerful blend of Classical finesse and Latino flair, releasing five studio albums and entertaining audiences from Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London to the foothills of the Colombian Andes.
Blending the passion and vitality of authentic Latin music with the smooth sound and virtuosity of the classical tradition, Classico Latino brings fresh perspective on the world of Latin-American music, breathing new life into songs from across the continent.
Drawing on the familiar Bolero and Tango as well as less-well-known rhythms such as the Pasillo and Joropo, Classico Latino's music tells the amazingly varied stories and emotions of Latin America. www.classicolatino.com
Esteban Card is a London-based Colombian artist presenting a distinctive twist on folkloric Colombian music. His innovative mixture of traditional drums and organic contemporary sounds represents a forward-facing musical identity anchored to his roots. Esteban’s trance-inducing soundscape creates an arresting alternative to better-known Latin American styles, performing live in a captivating 7-piece format.
Esteban Card’s debut studio album INELEMENTUM channels diasporic sentiments of Colombia’s African heritage via Bullerengue and Cumbia rhythms, with a thought-provoking modern-day awareness. Demonstrating the global relevance and power of these ancestral rhythms, his AfroColombiaBeat production stamp has been embraced by audiences across the UK, at venues including Rich Mix, Wilderness Festival, Hootananny, Juju’s Bar, Arts By The Sea Festival, and met with critical acclaim by tastemakers Gilles Peterson and Alex Wharton.
INELEMENTUM is rooted to Bullerengue and Cumbia with a modern-day awareness. It was released on the 6th of June 2019 with a multidisciplinary show including music, traditional dance, tailored visuals and lighting. The album was mastered at the renowned Abbey Road Studios by Alex Wharton who has done works for Radiohead, The Beatles, The Pixies, Marvin Gaye and the list goes on and on. After releasing the album Abbey Road Studios posted about it on their socials saying “One of the rising stars of London’s alternative latin scene, Esteban Card presents a unique twist on traditional Colombian music with his new album ‘INELEMENTUM’. Mastered by Alex Wharton at Abbey Road, the record melds the traditional sounds of the ancestral drumming from Colombia’s Caribbean coast with cutting-edge, organic production. Listen to ‘Al Mirarte’ from the record on Abbey Road Cuts” which is their Spotify playlist. INELEMENTUM has aired on different radio stations of the likes of Woldwide-FM, SOAS radio, Netil Radio and Latina Stereo in Colombia. Esteban was also within the finalist at The Lukas 2019, the Latin UK awards under for ‘Best Album of the Year’ and runner up for ‘Alternative Act of the Year’.
Esteban is currently writing his new EP based purely on Bullerengue and also embarking on a new project to record and document traditional music from the Colombian caribbean coast.
Dominican-born Faqundo is a talented EmCee who's been making his name in the Dominican Republic, Spain and now the UK, with his powerful lyrics, as well as his musicality. His first album Rap Core-Nivalismo was released on 2019 through all major platforms and music retailers.
Imperio Bamba are the new Latin american band on the block, playing Chicha-Rock-Psychedelia from the urban settings of North London. With members from Peru, Chile, Panama, Spain and England, they fuse their cultures and surroundings in to one powerful sound.
The London based singer/ songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Jayffo is a Latin artist in Reggaeton and Latin-pop who has dedicated his musical passion to his studies and career. He has a boundless interest in progress and professionalism, and has been studying Music Technology at West London University since 2019.
Born Juan José Estrada Sepúlveda in Armenia, Colombia, he was interested in music since the age of three. His mother encouraged him to develop skills in extracurricular activities outside of school where he was involved in guitar lessons, philharmonic orchestras and salsa orchestras.
In 2016, he moved to London where he began his English language education and also his studies in Music Production and Performance from 2017 to 2019 at Westminster Kingsway College in King's Cross, where he created and released the singles Nueve Letras, Escultura, Salvaje and Mirala collaborating with the well-recognized and respected producer Dukus.
His ideas are eclectic, given his intention of being innovative and experimental with the nowadays-mainstream-Latin music. His compositions are influenced by his Latin background and the vision of today's youth. His main focus is to discover his identity through the way he makes music which is why he composes, "I discover new music through my music." - Jayffo.
Jonny is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music where he studied the organ, and has a Master's Degree in Jazz Piano from Trinity Laban.
Exposed to classical music during his youth, Jonny was playing the Church Organ at Mass every Sunday from the age of 13. During his late teen years, although progressing rapidly as an organist, Jonny discovered jazz.
While studying the organ at the Academy, Jonny became deeply immersed in the jazz genre. The inspiration and lure of jazz music drove Jonny to teach himself jazz piano in his spare time. It was also during this time that he started composing his own music. His obsession with jazz harmony led him to discover other genres such as Latin, Funk, Soul, Gospel and House, which provide a strong influence in his music.
Jonny’s music blends his life experiences with great musical influences. From Bach to Herbie Hancock, Lyle Mays to Addex, Jonny is destined to share his richly blended sound with the world.
Following the release of his 2019 EP 'New Days & Past Times', Jonny will release his debut album Mellow Mind in 2020, which features 9 of his new original compositions.
Philips Man and Lolo MC
Born and raised in Cuba, to the rhythms of life that make the heart of the most musical island in the Latin world tick, Philips Man, created the Band Triangulo Oscuro. Since 2007, Philips Man and Lolo mc have been rocking dancefloors all over London and beyond performing their fusion of Cuban and urban music live in more than 170 gigs including Glastonbury, Big Chill and in London Latin Festivals and clubs and venues such as Cargo, Jazz Café and Ronnie Scotts.
Valenciz is a Colombian born cross-over reggaeton artist living in London.
First appearing as part of the duo Flow Latino who, among their performances across the UK, opened twice for artists such as Pitbull at the O2 Indigo in London.
Over the last few years Valenciz has decided to pursue a solo career, leading to a crossover into the English-speaking market. Keeping the sound and energy of traditional reggaetón and creating a hybrid of bilingual lyrics and flows using his London roots and Latin music influence.
His great stage energy and performance as a solo act has allowed him to open for top reggaeton artists such as Don Omar, Arcangel, Jowell & Randy, J Alvarez and even performing internationally in a headline show in Czech Republic. His latest reggaeton singles are Passion and Teaser which give a perfect flavor of this fresh sound.