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Jazz, World, Afro-Cuban

Omar Sosa

| Cuba

Omar Sosa is one of the most versatile jazz artists on the scene today: composer, arranger, producer, pianist, percussionist, and bandleader. He fuses a wide range of world music and electronic elements with his native Afro-Cuban roots to create a fresh and original urban sound – all with a Latin jazz heart. On stage, Mr. Sosa is a charismatic figure, inspiring his fellow musicians with his dynamic playing and improvisational approach to the music – an approach full of raw emotional power and humour. Omar Sosa invariably inspires audiences to their feet and to join him in chorus vocals, heightening the sense of spontaneity and connection.

Omar Sosa has released 15 recordings on the Oakland-based Otá Records label since 1997, including 2002's GRAMMY-nominated Sentir . His 2004 album Mulatos was also crowned with a GRAMMY-nomination in 2006 which was followed by the 2006 album Mulatos Remix.

In 2003 he performed with his Octet at the opening of Carnegie Hall's new Zankel Hall, about which Alex Ross of The New Yorker remarked that Sosa has “a ferocious flair for rhythm and a keen musical wit”. Composer John Adams, who curated the opening of Carnegie Hall's new venue, commented that “Sosa is a deeply creative musician with an extraordinary harmonic sense. His piano playing is sui generis: It has obvious roots in Cuban music, but he's taken his approach to the keyboard into completely new regions”. And Don Heckman of The Los Angeles Times recently wrote “Sosa's vision of contemporary jazz reaches across every imaginable boundary”.

Omar Sosa has toured many times in Germany - mostly with his Quartet but also in larger formations - and has played many important festivals. He loves collaborating with other jazz musicians (e.g. the album "Promise", released in March 2007, was recorded with Paolo Fresu) and often incorporates horn players (e.g. Joo Kraus) and singers (e.g. Mola Sylla) into his projects. In 2008 the African roots were again in special focus: Omar Sosa presented his new album “Afreecanos” and went on tour with a quintet. Full power!

current album: Transparent Water (with Seckou Keita, Otá Records 2017)

On tour

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Maarja Nuut

28.09. DE-Düsseldorf
30.09. RU-St.Petersburg
12.10. GR-Thessaloniki
14.10. FR-Cholet
19.10. BE-Brussels
21.10. GB-Whitby
26.10. NL-Tilburg
27.10. NL-Rotterdam
05.11. NO-Oslo
16.01. LU-Luxembourg
17.01. LU-Luxembourg
26.01. BE-Turnhout
27.01. BE-Turnhout
16.02. DE-Berlin
21.03. IR-Dublin
01.09. DE-Wesel

The award-winning artist has been absorbing the rich tradition of Estonian folk and translates it into contemporary music.