Rumba Calzada set to Heat up Salt Spring
ArtSpring will sizzle on July 15 when Rumba Calzada heats up the stage
with its powerful blend of Latin grooves and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Part of
ArtSpring’s sixth annual summer festival, this smoking quintet performs on
Friday July 15 at 8:00pm.
The equatorial heat of their percussion-driven sound simmers with the
coolness of West Coast jazz. Piano, vocals, bass and horn arrangements
defy the percussive pull beneath and seem to float breezily above.
Individually the players reflect Vancouver’s cultural mosaic, sprouting
from a diversity of cultural backgrounds. Rumba Calzada’s take on Latin
music is also reflective of its locale, yet, as one critic wrote, “this is
real deal salsa.”
Audiences have been grooving to Rumba Calzada’s Latin explosion of
original and classic in clubs and concert halls since 1991. Their
recordings have captured the attention of the music industry with
nomitations for Canadian Independent Music Award, West Coast Music Award,
and the Juno Award.
Rumba Calzada includes Rolo Preza on vocals and percussion, Lou
Mastroianni at the piano, Rod Murray playing trombone, Allan Johnson on
bass and vocals, and Phil Belanger playing timbales and drums.
Rumba Calzada is the third performance in ArtSpring’s summer line-up
for eleven concerts featuring international talent. Highlights include
Rosheen, performing a blend of French and Irish music, Divas of Diversity,
showcasing Armenian and Arabic music, and Deep Cove Jazz, featuring four
of Canada’s best known jazz musicians.
Full festival details are available at
Tickets for the July 15 performance can be ordered on line at artspring.ca
or by calling the Ticket Centre at 537-2102.
A special feature of this year’s festival is a “made on Salt Spring”
intermission concession, including Gelato Delizioso and Harlan’s
Sizzling Summer Nights is proudly sponsored by Pegasus Gallery of
Canadian Art. The Rumba Calzada performance is supported by Gelato
Latin Jazz, Salsa & Afro-Cuban fans will not want to miss the band that
Los Angeles Latin Beat Magazine said is “guaranteed to move your feet and
reach your soul.”
A new feature of this year’s festival is a special “made on Salt
Spring” intermission concession, including Gelato Delizioso and Harlan’s