Afro-Peruvian New Trends Orchestra Cosmic Synchronicities
Though the name of the mighty Latin centric music ensemble she leads promises to always be on the cutting edge of fresh concepts in all related genres, Corina Barta – the esteemed Artistic Director and main composer/arranger of the Afro Peruvian New Trends Orchestra – has kept a lot of simmering, spicy hot and ultra-engaging melodic and groove-intensive fire under wraps in the seven years since she earned a Jazz Instrumental Song nomination at the 15th Annual Independent Music Awards for her work on their popular Uniting Beats debut.
The title of their continuously ecstatic, free flowing, funky, fun and romantic 75-minute follow-up Cosmic Synchronicities perhaps offers a clue as to the reasons for the delay – at least on a universal frequency level. Everything in the musical multi-verse had to align for the wondrous ten-piece group to hit all the cylinders of a set that rolls like the grandest, sexiest and sultriest (not to mention magnificently performed) Latin American dance party you've ever been to.
Thematically, the collection's heart and soul foundation is the fascinating peppy march rhythms of the Peruvian Creole vibe ("Marinera Jazz, " "Palmero Siguayayay, " "Tun tun tun – La Herida Oscura") and the epic Afro-Peruvian Festejo (with spirited swing) "Osiris." Taking flight from there, the orchestra blasts through the geographical boundaries beyond Peru for some equally tasty excursions to the Amazon (the high energy, horn fired opener "Ecstasy Green"), Cuba (the sly and sizzling "Latino Blues") and Brazil (the raucous, sass and brass-filled "Far Away).
Another eminently romantic delight is the lyrical, swaying "Baila y Goza, " which shifts whimsically between a Cuban Guajira and Afro-Peruvian Festejo, creating something of an ultimate fusion. Now that they're setting trends again, here's hoping the Afro Peruvian New Trends Orchestra returns with more majestic fire before another seven years go by.
AFRO PERUVIAN NEW TRENDS ORCHESTRA
( ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: CORINA BARTRA)
RELEASE DATE: October 1, 2023
ARTIST: AFRO PERUVIAN NEW TRENDS ORCHESTRA
TITLE: COSMIC SYNCHRONICITIES
ARTIST WEBSITE: www. coribartra/enter Afro Peruvian New Trends Orchestra
Release Date: October 1, 2023
Label: Blue Spiral, catalog #19
UPC Code: 7 01220 73961 8
Distribution through CDBaby
Available from Bandcamp and all Major Streaming Services
Dave Morgan on tenor, Cecilia Tenconi on alto, Marvin
Carter on alto, Roger Garcia on trumpet, Eli Asher on
trumpet, Erick Stockman on trombone, Santiago
Belgrano and Holman Alvarez Dávila on piano, Juan
Carlos Polo on drums, and Pedro Diaz on the Peruvian
cajon and conga. Engineering and recording; Peter
Karl Mixing and Mastering: Paul Schellak
1. Ecstacy Green 4:57 Corina Bartra
2. Bahia 6:20 Corina Bartra
3. Palmero Siguayayay 3:41 Traditional
4. Osiris 8:33 Corina Bartra
5. Latino Blues 7:13 Corina Bartra
6. Tun Tun Tun - La Herida Oscura 5:03 Chabuca Granda
7. Vinilo y Café 5:43 Corina Bartra
8. Ebano Sky 5:28 Corina Bartra
9. Purple Heart 4:56 Corina Bartra
10. Far Away 3:35 Corina Bartra
11. Baila Y Goza 6:27 Corina Bartra
12. Marinera Jazz 6:27 Corina Bartra
13. Bailan Todas la Razas 6:05 Corina Bartra
Total Length: 78:42
This instrumental music project of multi-project artist Corina Bartra is multi-rhythmic and multidimensional, filled with swing and danceable South and Latin American Rhythms. Corina Bartra originals, a majestic, Afro-Peruvian Festejo modulating to a swing groove, "Osiris, " the exuberant, Amazon-inspired "Ecstasy Green", the moving Landó Ballas "Purple Heart, " "Bailan Todas las Razas", and "Ebano Sky, " are full of beautiful melodies, exciting and colorful rhythms. "Baila y Goza" modulates between a Cuban Guajira and an Afro-Peruvian Festejo. "Vinilo y Café", "Latino Blues" is Cuban-inspired and filled with catchy, danceable melodies and hooks." Far Away, " a Brazilian inspired tune intermingling with swing rhythm, is a breath of fresh air intertwined with surprising moments. There are also three tracks that feature the Marinera style of Peruvian Creole music. An original, "Marinera Jazz, " and the traditional, "Palmero Siguayayay, " and a medley from Chabuca Granda, "Tun tun tun"- La Herida Oscura, filled with challenging grooves and rhythms to play, which all these top-notch players in this recording have far met.
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