Course: Salsa Long Weekend
Music Holiday Long Weekend Course
Salsa Long Weekend from 14. – 16. August 2015
In this course we will focus on the Puerto Rican and Cuban Salsa music styles.
Band 1: Puerto Rico Salsa
The „Barrio“ in New York, the districts of the Spanish Harlem and the South Bronx, were predominantly populated by Puerto-Rican immigrants. Naturally these folks brought their latin influenced music with them from their home country. Meanwhile the Latin American community in New York in the 60s was already beginning to change and changed appreciably by the immigrants from Cuba, Panama and the Dominican Republic. Each of the peoples from these lands participated and contributed in the creation of this new musical style.
In this course, the transcriptions of the original arrangements of the following hit songs will be studied and played together accommodating the instrumentation of the enrolled participants:
Instrumentation: All Instruments and vocalists are welcome to participate.
Number of participants are limited to: maximum 27; minimum 12 persons.
Coach: Fritz Renold
Band 2: Cuban Salsa
The great godfather of Cuban salsa music is Juan Formell and his band Los Van Van (1969). He achieved what was only possible for a few Cuban musicians in the 70 years to do: leave Cuba to travel with his group to Peru. From there he brought the Surfrock and the Reggae too. Subsequently, he was not shy to embrace the electric guitar, the electric bass and the Drum Set into his group (a synthesizer was prohibited in Cuba at that time). The new Rock and Reggae sounds blended so well with the traditional Cuban Charanga musik he called the Songo. The big break for Juan Formell and Los Van Van came but only in the 90s. Together with the Cuban group Irakere they mixed jazz elements in their arrangements and the music was henceforth also called Timba. This was an internationally hit overnight (Te pone la cabeza mala , Aqui llegó Van Van, Temba Tumba, Timba ) and influenced the salsa scene in the world immensely.
Instrumentation: All instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome.
Number of participants limited to: maximum 25; minimum 12 persons.
Coach: Markus Hauser