Charanga del Norte Working on New Recording
October 14, 2017 (No Comments) by
      Sue Miller

Sue Miller

Charanga del Norte, are a 10 to 14-piece band based in the UK – they play Charanga típica styles of Cuban dance music such as Mambo, Chachachá, Danzón and Pachanga as well as Son and Son Montuno dance styles. The band, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018, was founded by Sue Miller, (left) author of Cuban Flute Style: Interpretation and Improvisation. The inspiration for the band came from Orquesta Aragón and Israel ‘Cachao’ Lopez and the story of the band can be found in the preface to Miller’s book as well as on her website, on the history page. You can also hear the band on mp3 on the recordings page and see the band in action via the clips on the video page.

To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Charanga del Norte are working on a new recording, in the run up to which they have issued two of the selections on an EP. Details can be seen on their new website.

Charanga del Norte will launch their new EP Charanga Time on Sat 28 October 8pm at Seven Arts, 31a Harrogate Rd, Leeds LS7 3PD to showcase their new New York-styled charanga / Latin set. Expect pachanga, bugalu, and New York infused Afro-Cuban dance music styles by the likes of Charlie and Eddie Palmieri, Johnny Pacheco, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Orquesta Broadway and Pete Rodríguez. With a string section and guest bugalu brass, this gig features high energy improvisations and clave-driven grooves: as New York DJ Al Angeloro says: ‘If you can’t dance with them…you died last week’ (WBAI Radio/The Montuno Sessions).After the launch, the EP will be available via the Charanga del Norte website.

We will be following the progress of the project and reporting back to Flute Journal readers.

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