Latin Sounds: Meet the Musicians

Latin Sounds would have opened its 15th season this year. In place of live concerts, we present Latin Sounds: Meet the Musicians, an audio interview series hosted by Mitch Glickman.

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Episode 01 – The Echo Park Project’s Carlo Lopez

The Echo Park Project was created in 2006 by percussionist Carlo Lopez. The group recreates the legendary salsa style of NYC. Their repertoire is a combination of original material and hot 70’s cover tunes.

For the first episode in the series, Mitch Glickman speaks with Carlo Lopez, discussing his roots in New York, the start of his career, coming to Los Angeles, developing The Echo Park Project, and teasing new projects that are in the works.



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Episode 02 – Christian Moraga of Conganas

Conganas (“with passion”), features musicians from around the world playing a variety of salsa, cumbia, cha-cha, bolero, and Latin jazz, among many other Latin rhythms. Originally formed by Christian Moraga in 2010, Conganas also features Cuban pianist Fermin Siponter, American bassist Rene Camacho, and Venezuelan trumpeter Enzo Villaparedes. Their debut recording, Conganas (2013), features 10 tracks, 8 covers (standards and well- known songs), plus two original works.

Christian talks about celebrating ten years as a group, his background studying percussion, the inspiration to put the group together, and the meaning of Conganas.



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Episode 03 – Kátia Moraes

In this episode of Jazz at LACMA: Meet the Musicians, Mitch Glickman speaks with Brazilian vocalist Kátia Moraes.

Hailing from Rio de Janeiro, vocalist Kátia Moraes and Brazilian Hearts brings choro and samba to LACMA’s Latin Sounds. Moraes began performing in the 1980s, sharing the stage with the high-energy Brazilian band O Espirito da Coisa. Since then, she has worked with some of the foremost acts around the globe, including Sergio Mendes, Airto Moreira, Oscar Castro-Neves, George Duke, Alex Acuña and Justo Almario’s Tolú.

Kátia talks about her early years touring and recording, starting the Brazilian Hearts project, dubbing projects she is working on, and provides some great musical recommendations.



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Episode 04 – Edgar Modesto of Buyepongo

In this episode of Latin Sounds: Meet the Musicians, Mitch Glickman speaks with Edgar Modesto, leader of the LA-based band Buyepongo.

Buyepongo has created a vibrant polyrhythmic sound that seamlessly fuse cumbia, merengue, punta, jazz and funk to create their own genre called "Buyangú" With deep roots in South and Central America, Buyepongo draw heavily from the Latino musical culture. The group's pulse and power is built around the drum and guacharaca giving them an upbeat tropical flare.

Edgar talks about how friendship turned into a band, creating the name Buyepongo, the groups musical influences, travelling as a band, and the roots of the group in social activism.



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Episode 05 – Chino Espinoza

In this episode of Jazz at LACMA: Meet the Musicians, Mitch Glickman speaks with Chino Espinoza leader of Los Duenos del Son.

Vocalist Mirley Espinoza, known by his fellow musicians as "Chino El Sonero", is a native of Costa Rica. In the early 90's he recorded his first CD for Warner Brothers as the lead vocal of the "Opa-Opa" band. Over the years, Chino has worked with such groups as the Malibu Salsa All Stars, The L.A. Jazz All Stars, The RMM All Stars Band and the "Tito Puente with the Eddy Palmieri" Tribute Orchestra. He has been featured on many recordings, including Bobby Rivas, Bolivia, Mojaditicos, Pete Escovedo, Bette Midler, Los Del Barrio, and Rumba Grande.

Chino talks about growing up in Costa Rica, how music has always been part of his life, and mentions a new project with his kids.



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