Prairie Debut presents Luis Mario Ochoa Cuban Quartet

Coined “la crema de la crema of Cuban-Toronto musicians” (Wholenote Magazine), the Luis Mario Ochoa Cuban Quartet is renowned for virtuosity, musicianship, and being a powerhouse of energy. This acoustic group consisting of guitar, bass, piano, percussion and vocals, features Toronto’s leading jazz and world musicians. Nominee of the 2007 Canadian Latin Jazz Artist Award, Luis and his ensembles have appeared at the Jazz Festivals of Montreal, Halifax, St. John’s, Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto, Ottawa. Internationally, highlights include the Barbados Jazz Festival and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club in New York. This ensemble is noted for their “fire, finesse and authenticity.” (JazzTimes.com)

Program Description

Cuba – the land where poets and dreamers, cynics and sages hold sway amid its beaches, bays and mountains. Their music defines them, unites them and brings all that is Espirito Cubano to the world.
This acoustic quartet features the romantic rumba, to the lively samba, the pulsating bolero to the swaying waltz and cha cha. Traditional songs like “Canto Siboney”, “La Flor De La Canela”, and “El Carbonero”, bring Cuba home. Be transported as Havana-born Luis Mario Ochoa, performs with his Cuban Quartet, and dazzles the senses with a full range of Musica Cubana that really cooks.

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