“Rumbamerica” is an Afro-Cuban ensemble made up of some of New York's top Afro-Cuban drummers, singers, and dancers. Led by Percussionist Carlos Gomez, the group will perform some of the traditional music of Afro-Cuban folklore, including Rumba, Iyesa, Bembe and Orisha music featuring the sacred Afro-Cuban Bata drum.
About the Artists
Carlos Gomez has played and recorded with a long list of musicians as varied as they are great, including Mariah Carey, Tito Puente, Sade, Airto/Flora Purim, Charlie Palmieri, The Gypsy Kings, Gato Barbieri, Arturo Sandoval, Jose Feliciano, Manhattan Transfer, Mickey Hart, Pharaoh Sanders, and Grupo Afro-Cuba de Matanzas.
Singer David Oquendo was born in Havana Cuba in 1958 and started playing music at the age of twelve. He has played with Arturo Sandoval, Paquito de Rivera, Ray Barreto, Johnny Pacheco, and Cachao, amongst others. He is founder and director of the group “Raices Habaneras.”
Dancer Pedro Domesch has been a premier Afro-Cuban dancer in NY since his arrival from Cuba. He has danced with the folkloric dance companies of Puntilla, Lazaro Galaraga, Afro Cuba de Matanzas.
Percussionist Wilson “Chembo” Corniel is one of the busiest musicians in New York. When he is not performing with the Larry Harlow Orchestra, he leads his own group “Grupo Chaguoro.” His recent recordings include those with the Legends Band, the Buddy Montgomery Trio, The Bronx Horns, and Ray Vega. He has also performed with Tito Puente.
Percussionist Chris “Fatoye” Theberge has recorded and performed internationally for the past 20 years. A founding member of NYC's Groove Collective, he has performed at the Montreaux Jazz festival, the Nice Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, and his band has released records on Warner Brothers Reprise records and Impulse!. Chris also teaches drumming in the New York City Public School system.
Percussionist Matt Baranello has played with Ronnie Jordan, Ensemble Uniqua, and Kema Jamal. He also plays the Sacred Bata Drum in New York's thriving Santeria Community.