One Night of Buena Vista (CU)

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Luis Frank is one of the great names of the second generation of the Buena Vista Social Club. Together with his fellow musicians, he has dedicated himself to taking son cubano beyond the borders of his own country out into the rest of the world, thus keeping Cuba’s musical heritage alive. He already had spectacular successes in Europe and the USA.  His style is authentic and he is a fantastic singer, enthralling his listeners and taking them on a musical journey across Cuba – with all its facets!

 

Luis Frank is the unequalled master of heart-felt Cuban music!

 

One of Luis Frank’s favorite projects is “One Night of Buena Vista”.  Here you can experience the musician with his unmistakable voice together with the best known contemporary Cuban pianists.  An exciting mixture of many different styles awaits the listeners: starting from traditional son cubano to guaracha, cha-cha-Cha, danzon, bolero, and plenty more. The musicians provide outstanding performances – particularly with their spontaneous, improvised additions.

Luis Frank spent many years touring with the world-famous pianist Gonzalez Rubalcaba and later with David Alfaro.  Now another star of the Cuban music scene has joined him: Lázara “Cachao” López – The Queen of Piano!  Besides her great dexterity, the particular attraction of this Cuban musician is her fascinating improvisational talent and her great, enthralling stage presence.

“One Night of Buena Vista” guarantees a fantastic evening’s listening, with genuine Cuban stars. An entertaining and enjoyable musical journey through old Cuba.

Luis Frank Arias (Vocals)
Born in Las Tunas / Cuba
For a long time, he could be heard and seen in stage performances around the world alongside the “great” Compay Segundo (Buena Vista Social Club). His was the leading voice of the Afro Cuban All Stars and of Juan de Marcos González (bandleader and founder of the Buena Vista Social Club). He reached the pinnacle of his career in 2004 when he appeared in Wim Wenders’ movie “Musica Cubana” and the accompanying soundtrack. Soneros de Verdad, the ensemble led by Luis Frank and founded by Luis Frank and Pio Leyva (Buena Vista Social Club) gave a sparkling performance on the albums “A Buena Vista: Barrio De La Habana” and “El Run Run De Los Soneros” – with contemporary arrangements of beloved classics. With them he won the 2003 German Jazz Prize and has sold more than 500,000 albums.

Luis Frank

Lázara “Cachao” López (Piano)
Lázara Cachao started playing the piano when she was only six, at her own express wish. She studied at the highly renowned Escuela Nacional de Instructores de Arte in Habana (Cuba) and today she is firmly established with other Cuban top musicians. For example, Cachao has accompanied renowned orchestras such as the original “Buena Vista Social Club” on their world tours and has regularly been on the stage with legendary pianists such as Rubén Gonzalez.

In this respect, she is following in the musical footsteps of her father, Orlando “Cachaíto“ López*, the famous bassist of the “Buena Vista Social Club”.

(* Orlando “Cachaíto“ López achieved global fame as bassist and founding member of the Buena Vista Social Club band.  He became world famous through the “Buena Vista Social Club” album produced by Ry Cooder, which won a Grammy in 1999 – and through Wim Wenders’ movie of the same name, which was nominated for an Oscar. He was also a well-known soloist. In 2002 he won the “BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music” for his debut album “Cachaito”.)

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