Alain Pérez: The Orchestra Man
Alain Perez is a musical revelation himself, one of the true virtuosos of the contemporary Cuban scene, someone who understands and lives Cuban music almost as nobody else. With 4 solo albums to date and a Latin Grammy nomination, what best defines his career, way more than his undeniable virtuosity, is his unerring musical instinct.
Guitarist, bassist, percussionist, keyboardist, singer, composer, arranger and producer (guess why they call him the orchestra man), Alain’s curriculum throughout last twenty years is not only extensive, but prosperous and enviable as few.
Let’s count: singer and keyboardist of legendary Latin jazz band Irakere, headed by Chucho Valdés; bassist at Isaac Delgado, Celia Cruz and Team Cuba, first substitute of Juan Formell for Van Van’s bass, companion for a decade of flamenco master Paco de Lucía ...
Traditional and modern at once, Alain’s understating of music is absolutely outstanding and singular, something both melomaniacs and dance enthusiasts appreciate. His sonority consist of a rich mixture of son, salsa, bolero, jazz, timba, traditional trova, rumba, cha-cha-chá, mambo, flamenco, rock and soul.
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