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MARACA : THE RETURN OF GREAT CUBAN MUSIC, 9/14/03 Gets visa after costly struggle.

Maraca Tour Manager appeals for help on US Visa
, 7/27/03

Orlando "Maraca" Valle
www.maracavalle.com

Orlando "Maraca" Valle, one of Cuba's top flute players, was born into a family of musicians in Havana, Cuba, in September of 1966. He studied flute at the Manuel Saumell Conservatory, and began touring with the Bobby Carcasses Orchestra in 1987. He joined Irakere in 1988, stayed with them for 6 years and left to start his solo career in 1994. 

Schedule: www.maracavalle.com/#!tours/c16n5

 Un jazz cubano de flauta y relámpago, 8/01

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Maraca Tour Manager appeals for help on US Visa, 7/27/03

Dear Promoters, Dear Friends,

Maraca & Otra Vision is one of the few top-level Cuban bands based in Cuba
who has been extensively touring in the United States from 1998, bringing
with great impact their magnificent afro-Cuban music almost everywhere there
in clubs, jazz and world music festivals at the highest level, and
culminating with their Grammy Nomination last February for "Best salsa Album
of the Year".

I have been personally managing the band and booking Maraca's tours since
1999 ; especially regarding US tours, I work many months before not only on
booking, but particularly on visas and immigration matters in coordination
with San Fransisco-based lawyer Bill Martinez, the best lawyer in this
field.

For Maraca's next US tour scheduled for August and September 2003, I
started to work on it in November 2002, and M. Martinez started to fill the
papers for Maraca's visas last December 2002 that is to say 9 months before
the beginning of the tour. In these difficult times due to the international
crisis, and especially in the middle of tense relationships between the USA
and Cuba, M. Martinez managed to get the approval notice (I-129) of the US
State Department in Washington on February 4th.

Until last year, the approval notice from Washington was the most
"difficult" and the most important authorization so that Cuban musicians
could be delivered their visas at the US Interest Section (USIS) in
Havana - once the USIS got the original I-129, visas then would be
delivered there few days after its reception .

Unfortunately, visas are still pending for the band, despite the notice of
approval for their tour given to the USIS in February 2003 ; at that point,
the band still hasn't got thru security clearances. We've been getting the invariable
answer from 6 months from the USIS in Havana : "Unfortunately, we can not
provide you with an estimate as to when the administrative processing will
be complete (...)." They offered no additional details on why this is so
delayed.

Bill Martinez has been working intensively with several Congressional
offices, seeking supports and answers, but they were all being told the same
thing also by the State Department: "be patient...you know, how it is with
Cuba", as if this was news to us.

For those of you who we've been working together for a long time without any
difficulties and with great results, you may understand better the
situation and our feelings toward it.

Because we are now at deadlock, and we're experimenting on of the worst
difficult moment of Maraca's professional career, after investing a lot of
money in non refundable plane tickets, immigration and visas costs which
have been paid long time in advanced in order to secure the US tour.

We can't apologize, since we think we have done everything necessary and
even much more to get all the bureaucracy done on time, but we are aware of
the fact that you will also be suffering from this situation and the lack
of response of the US administration.

Some of you have already anticipated proposing to re-schedule Maraca's
tour later in September/October 2003 - if the visas are issued, the validity
should be the same as authorized by the US State Department, it is to say
until October 6th , but we would understand if you don't have this
possibility and if you shall cancel without rescheduling Maraca's show .


Please fell free to give your opinion or suggestion on the situation at my
e-mails maraca@wanadoo.fr and maraca@cubarte.cult.cu. And please, don't
forget Cuban music and the marvelous people in Cuba ; we all need something
from each other to become better and stronger, fighting against ignorance
and obscurantism which are surprisingly very topical subjects in our
greatest technological and communication era.


Sincerely,


***************************************************
Celine CHAUVEAU
Maraca's Manager and Tours coordinator
www.maraca.cult.cu
maraca@cubarte.cult.cu
maraca@wanadoo.fr
Phone/fax in Cuba : + 53 7 33 94 30
Phone/fax in France : + 33 1 60 82 70 43
DESCARGA SEP AGENCY
17, allee des Eiders
75 017 Paris - France
*************************************************

Un jazz cubano de flauta y relámpago, 8/01up.gif (925 bytes)


Por: Omar Vázquez

Orlando Valle —Maraca— es una figura clave en el panorama de nuestra música actual y no solo en el jazz de fusión. Es uno de los precursores, a través de su trabajo en los inicios de la década de los noventa del siglo XX, de un nuevo horizonte conceptual en nuestro contexto sonoro, al unir en su DC Pasaporte (1994) a figuras de diferentes generaciones: Merceditas Valdés, Tata Güines...

Después, participó en Cubanismo y varios números de su autoría se siguen tocando en ese exitoso proyecto internacional.

Esa doble faceta, la del interés singular de sus propuestas y su papel como virtuoso flautista lo llevan a ser calificado, en un instrumento que se colocó durante mucho tiempo en el corazón de la evolución cultural constante de nuestro país, como el último virtuoso en alcanzar el estatus de estrella (Andrés Gilbert, en The Time, de San Francisco —Estados Unidos—, del 19 de julio de este año).

Las referencias y lo planteado por un colega que lo pudo comprobar in situ en Europa, de que hoy por hoy es el flautista cubano más cotizado en los circuitos internacionales de jazz y la sorprendente noticia de que El Latin Real Book, en su volumen II (acompañado con casetes estandar de la música latina más conocida internacionalmente), incluye tres obras suyas, encuentran la siguiente respuesta por parte de Maraca, quien las avala también con críticas al respecto.

"Es increíble el protagonismo de la música cubana en los más diversos festivales. En los dos últimos años, hemos hecho siete giras por Europa, Estados Unidos, el Caribe francófono (Santa Lucía, Martinica) y América Latina. En este 2001, por ejemplo, actuamos en los Festivales N'azz, de Lille; Le Temps des Musiques; Saint Quentin, en Yvelines, Calvi Jazz, y Aix Jazz, de Francia; Den Haag Pass Pleasure Festival, de Irlanda; Canaray Wharf Festival, de Londres, Inglaterra; Istra Ethno Jazz Festival, de Croacia; entre otros, así como en verdaderas catedrales del ritmo, como el Quasimodo, de Berlín, y el New Morning, de París."up.gif (925 bytes)

Orlando Maraca Valle y su grupo Otra Visión ofrecieron ayer por la noche un concierto asombroso y rebasado de energía. ¿Caliente!...Omnipresente, él dirige este brillante ensamble visiblemente con enorme placer y mucha modestia. Frente a este embajador del jazz afro-cubano renaciente, uno cae bajo el encanto de su flauta virtuosa, de timbre increíble y cuya cada improvisación es un relámpago de sensibilidad y de potencia, Jean-Dominique Burtin, La Repúblique du Centre, Francia.

En Estados Unidos, desde el 17 de abril hasta finales de julio, Orlando Valle participó en los Festivales Internacionales de Música de Houston, en el de Cine de La Habana (Nueva York), de Jazz y Música Latina de Columbus, Santa Barbara y Madison; y por cuarto año consecutivo, actuó en el Yoshi's Jazz Club de San Francisco durante una semana.

Orlando Valle es el flautista más increíble que haya oído, John MacCalkies, The New City, Chicago.

Orlando Valle (La Habana, 5 de septiembre de 1966) es graduado del Instituto Superior de Arte. Como músico, ¿de quién se siente deudor?

"Debo sentirme fiel seguidor de la flauta cubana, como compromiso, donde se inscriben nombres importantes desde el siglo XIX, con el danzón. Después vinieron flautistas influyentes (Octavio —Tata— Villegas, Alfredo Brito, Francisco Delabart —Flauta Mágica—, Aniceto Díaz, Arcaño, Fajardo, Richard Egües, Los Lozanos...).

"Y después de seis años en el Conservatorio Amadeo Roldán, aprendí de mi profesora de solfeo Gudelia Cuesta, quien me dijo un día: "Los profesores superiores son los que dan títulos y los elementales, los que guían y detectan el talento incipiente."

Son muchos los planes inmediatos que esperan por Maraca. En este septiembre, el próximo día 9, con Otra Visión, participará en el Barranquijazz Festival, de Barranquilla, Colombia; de donde partirá hacia Francia, pero con el Afro-Cuban Jazz Project; con Tata Güines, José Luis Quintana —Changuito—, Cotó y Enrique Lazaga, tocará en el New Morning, de París, y en el Viersen International Jazz Festival, de Alemania.

-- from the Cultura site:

www.cubarte.cult.cu/index.php?mref=showarticulo&id=157&idhead=20

Music

Sonando
Ahi-Nama
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1. Los Tamalitos De Olga
2. Maraca's Tumbao
3. O.K. Santo Domingo
4. Selve
5. Sonando
6. Mambo Jazz Plaza
7. Vale Todo
8. Quiero A Mi Guejira
9. La Bomba
10. Me Gusta Mas El Son
11. Sajate De Esa Nubo
12. Ven Vamo' A Bailar


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Cuban Nights

1. Opening Estudio 10 - Bamboleo
2. Mi Son, Mi Son, Mi Son - Rolo Martinez
3. Idilio - Laito
4. Maraca's Tumbao - Maraca
5. Yo No Me Parezco A Nadie - Bamboleo
6. OK Santo Domingo - Maraca
7. La Runidero - Rolo Martinez
8. Opening - Bamboleo
9. En Casa De Pedro El Cojo - Rolo Martinez
10. Ven, Vamo' A Bailar - Maraca
11. Sonaron Los Canonazos - Laito
12. Sonando - Maraca 

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Rhythm & Smoke: The Cuba Sessions
Platinum Distribution
                                                                                   
1. Cantinero De Cuba - Cubamar
2. Oye Como Suena, Y Esta Pagao - Sabor Y Tumba
3. Guajiro Natural - Cantores De Rosario
4. Pelicula Vieja - Bamboleo
5. Aguzate - Arte Mixto
6. Cha Cha Cha - Catarsis
7. Que Bueno Si - Cachibache
8. Ven Vamo' A Bailar - Maraca
9. Cerca De Ti - Chispa Y Sus Complices
10. Fuego Al Son - Eco De Caribe
11. Los Barrios - Los Papines
12. Mama Hue - Moncada
13. Los Habaneras Son Perfectas - Klimax
14. Solamente - Changuito
15. Chan Chan - Cubamar

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Schedule  

2013

www.maracavalle.com/#!tours/c16n5

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Europe

October 18  : Norway , (TBC)

October 19 : Denmark , Arhus , Train

October 20 : Denmark , Copenhague , Amager Bio

October 21 : France , Nancy, Nancy Jazz Pulsations Festival

October 28 : France , Marseille Fiesta des Suds (TBC)

October 29  : France , St Gilles (Nîmes)

November 3 – 5  : France , Forges - les - Eaux , Casino (TBC)

November 10  : France , Paris , Cabaret Sauvage (TBC)

2005

LATIN AMERICA

Colombia , September 16 – 19 : Barranquilla, Barranquijazz Festival with Maraca & Afro-Cuban jazz Masters featuring Andy Narell (USA, Steeldrums), Papo Vazquez (USA, Trombon), Tata Guines (Cuba, congas)

Brasil , September 21 – 25 : Sao Paulo Latin Jazz Festival (TBC) 

09/ 27 – 11/01 : México , national tour

09/28: México , Chihuahua, Plaza Principal

09/29: México , Casa Grandes, Chi.

09/30: México , Cd Delicias, Chi.

October 01: México , Cd Camargo, Chi.

10/02: México , Parral

10/04 : México, Arteaga, Explanada municipal

10/05 : México, Apatzingan, Explanada municipal

10/06 : México, La Huacana , Explanada municipal

10/07: México , Morelia, Patio de casa de la Cultura

10/08: México , Salamanca, Guanajuato

10/09: México , Guanajuato, Festival Internacional Cervantino, Explanada Alhóndiga de Granadita, Gto.

10/10: México , León, Teatro Manuel Doblado, Gto.

10/12 : México , Puebla

10/14: México, Metepec, Parque la Providencia

10/16: México, Guadalajara

10/18: México, Tecate, Baja California

10/19: México , Mexicali

10/20: México , Tijuana

10/21: México , Hermosillo

10/22: México , Los Cabos

10/23 : México, Mérida

10/25: México , Ciudad del Carmen, teatro de la ciudad

10/26: México , Campeche, Teatro Francisco de P. y Toro

10/27: México , Torreón, Centro Comercial Galerías

10/28: México , México DF, Auditorio nacional, sala “El Lunario” (Anexo)

10/29: México , Cd Mendoza, Veracruz

10/31: México, Valle de Bravo

11/02 : México, Cancún

11/04 : México, Culiacán

11/05 : México , Mazatlán

2004

MARACA SALSA & LATIN JAZZ BAND

06/20 : France, Paris, Festival Latino Disney
06/29 : Hungary, Budapest Cuban Festival
06/27 : France, Auxerre, Festival Nuits Metisses
07/09 : France, Nice, festival Latino
07/11 : Denmark, Copenhaguen, Jazz Fest - TBC
07/16 or 07/17 : France, Tours - TBC
07/30 : Switzerland, Genova, Village Tropical
08/06 : France, Draguignan – TBC
08/12 : France, Barcelonnette, Fiestas Latino-Mexicaines
08/13 : France, Béziers, La Feria
08/20 : Switzerland, Bern Salsa Festival

MARACA & AFRO-CUBAN JAZZ MASTERS – an all-stars of 13 musicians on stage, featuring some of the best musicians from Cuba and Puerto-Rico, with Giovanni Hidalgo (congas, Puerto-Rico), Tata Guines (congas, Cuba), Papo Vázquez (Trombone, Puerto-Rico)

08/01 : Italy, Milano (with AFRO CUBAN JAZZ MASTERS), Festival latino americando – (TBC)
08/03 : France, Paris, New Morning (with AFRO CUBAN JAZZ MASTERS)
08/04 : France, Paris, New Morning (with AFRO CUBAN JAZZ MASTERS)
08/05 : France, Crest Jazz Vocal (with AFRO CUBAN JAZZ MASTERS)
08/08 : Italy, Cormons Jazz Festival (with AFRO CUBAN JAZZ MASTERS)

AUTUMN 2004 (Europe)

MARACA SALSA & LATIN JAZZ BAND

11/06 : France, Ris Orangis - (TBC)
11/20 : France, Caen, Big Band Café
11/27 : Austria, Vienna, Pasión in Tanz Salsa Festival

2003

EUROPE - 01/30 – 03/30

01/30 : France, Puteaux – booked by Caramba Spectacles
02/06 : France, Rombas – booked by Caramba Spectacles
02/07 : France, París, New Morning
02/10 : Austria, Rankweil – booked by Caramba Spectacles
02/13 : France, Cusset - booked by Caramba Spectacles
02/14 : France, Saint-Amand, Casino
02/19 : France, Nice - Nice Forum Nord
02/20 : France, Forges-les-Eaux, Casino
02/21 : France, Forges-les-Eaux, Casino
02/25 : Sweeden, Malmø (TBC)
02/26 : The Netherlands, Amsterdam (TBC)
02/29 – 03/01 : Greece, Athens, Carnival - booked by BPR Music
03/05 : France, Brainans, Moulin – booked by Caramba Spectacles
03/05 : France, Nemours
03/12 : Luxembourg (TBC)
03/20 : France, Tarbes, Festival Dance & Roots
03/25 : The Netherlands, Maastricht (TBC)
03/27 : France, Mayenne - booked by Caramba Spectacles

BRAZIL (04/27 – 05/03)

04/29 : Sao Paulo, Latin Jazz Festival
05/01 : Sao Paulo, Latin Jazz Festival

2003

MARACA : THE RETURN OF GREAT CUBAN MUSIC, 9/14/03

After almost 1 year fighting for their visas to enter the USA, Grammy Nominated Cuban band Maraca was finally granted their visas 3 days ago. Due to excessive, obscure and unjustifiable delays in getting security clearances from the US government, 23 shows over 25 of his originally scheduled tour have been lost, but we are proud to announce that thanks to the great interest and tenacity of the US promoters, Immigration lawyer Bill Martinez, and Maraca¹s many fans all over the US, we were able to reschedule part of the tour as follows :

09/19 : Albany, NY, The Performing Arts Center

09/20 : Chicago, IL, World Music Festival

09/21 : Wilmington, DE, Grand Opera House

09/22 : NYC, NY, SOB's

09/25 : Bloomington, IN, Lotus Festival

09/27 : Seattle, WA, Century Ballroom

10/04 : New Orleans, LO, Twiropa

10/09 : Las Vegas, NV, venue TBA

10/10 : Los Angeles, CA, Sportsmen's Lodge

10/11 : San Fernando, CA, Menudo's festival

10/12 : San Fransisco, CA, Rocapulco

10/17 : Madison, WI, the Barrymore Theater

10/18 : Milwaukee, WI, the New Latino Auditorium

For that occasion, Maraca will be joined by great US-based trumpet-players Alex Norris (09/19 and 09/21), Tito Carrillo (09/20, 09/26, 10/17, 10/18), James Zollar (09/22, 10/04) and Julius Melendez (09/27 , 10/09, 10/10, 10/11 & 10/12).

See you at the shows !!

 

2002

Africa

3/27 - 3/31 : Ivory Coast, International Jazz Festival of Abidjan

Europe

5/18 : France (St George de Didonne, Festival Musiques et gastronomies du Monde)
5/19 : France (Bordeaux, Le 4 Sans)
5/22 : France (showcase live from Radio Latina @ Club Med World, Paris)
5/24 : France (Festival Music'Arts of Enghien, Hippodrome)
5/25 : France (Paris, Festival La Nuit des Suds @ le Cabaret Sauvage)

USA/Canada

5/28 : New Orleans, LO (Tipitina's)
5/30 : Houston, TX, Sky Bar
5/31 : Houston, TX, Gatsby Social Club (Beware : show already sold-out)
6/02 : Houston, TX, Gatsby Social Club
6/05 : Houston, TX (Budweiser Hot Carribean Nights, Jones Plaza Downtown)
6/07 : Des Moines, IA, Hotel Fort Des Moines Grand Ballroom
6/08 : Madison, WI, Waterfront Festival
6/09 : Madison, WI, Waterfront Festival
6/11 : Milwaukee, WI, Rainbow Festival
6/15 : Santa Barbara, CA, Caribbean Festival (daytime show)
6/15 : Los Angeles, CA, Playboy Jazz Festival @ Hollywood Bowl
6/20: Schaumburg, IL, The Voodoo Night Club
6/21: Chicago Summer Dance Festival, IL
6/22 : Chicago, MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago) - showtime 2:30 PM
6/22: Chicago, Festival Fiestas Portorriquenas, IL
6/23 : Calgary International Jazz Festival, Canada
6/24 : Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Canada, The Commodore
6/25 : Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Canada, master-class
6/26 : Victoria International Jazz Festival, Canada
6/27 : Medicine Hat Jazz Festival, Canada
6/28 : Edmonton International Jazz Festival
6/29 : Seattle, WA, Century Ballroom
7/01 : Portland, OR, University. Showtime 12 pm.
7/01 : Portland, OR, La Rumba. Showtime 09:30 pm.

Europe

7/05 : France (La Défense Jazz Festival) - Showtime 12:00 PM
7/06 : France (Eze s/Mer, Festival Latino d'A a Eze)
7/13 : Switzerland (Fribourg - Jazz Parade La Liberte)
7/14 :France, Forges - les - Eaux (casino)
7/18 : France (Jazz a Juan, Antibes)
7/19 - 7/22 : Finland (Pori Jazz Festival)
7/23 : France (Paris, New Morning All Stars Festival)
7/25 : France (Vienne, Cuban Night)
7/26 : France (Beziers , Fiesta d'Oc Festival)
7/27 : France (Vic Fezensac/Festival Tempo Latino)
8/03 : Italy (Cormons/Gorizia)
8/05 : France (La Couarde/Ile de Ré, La Maligne)

USA

8/08 - 8/11 : Oakland, Yoshi's
8/16 : Los Angeles, CA, The Sage Brush Cantina
8/17: Video-clip making of Maraca "Se te acabo la Rumba"
8/18 : San Fernando, CA
8/20 : Williamsburg, NY, Brooklyn
8/21 : Brooklyn, NY, Sunset Park
8/26 : NYC, NY (SOB's)
8/27 : NYC, NY, Hudson Concert Series

Europe

8/30 : France (Hossegor/Festival Bodeguitas en la Playa)
9/06 : The Netherlands (Amsterdam/ Paradiso)
9/07 : France (Grenade, Festival Grenad'in)
9/26 : Germany (Berlin, Quasimodo)
9/28 : France (Forges les Eaux, Casino)
10/04 : France (Massy Palaiseau, Cultural Center Paul Baillart)
11/22 : France (Paris,New Morning)
11/23 : France (Toulouse, Havana Cafe, TBC)

For Maraca 2003 Tours, please get in touch with Celine at maraca@cubarte.cult.cu and maraca@wanadoo.fr

2001

US - 2001

From his site in Cuba

08/18
Detroit (TBC)
08/25
San Fransisco Festival (TBC)
08/26
Berkeley Festival (TBC)

EUROPE

From Ahi Nama's site

7-24-01 Tuesday Toulon, France Festival de Toulon
7-25-01 Wednesday France Aix Jazz Festival
7-26-01 Thursday France Brignolles Festival
7-28-01 Saturday Loire, France Festival 'Val de Jazz'
7-29-01 Sunday France Festival de Jazz de Carcassonne
8-03-01 Friday Sete, France Fiesta Latina

From his web site:

08/04

Fiesta Latina, Sete, France

09/13 - 09/14
: New Morning, Paris, France with Afro-Cuban Jazz Project
09/15
Viersen International Jazz Festival, Germany with Afro-Cuban Jazz Project

 Latin America

From his site in Cuba:

09/01
San José, Costa Rica
09/08

Barranquijazz Festival, Barranquilla, Colombia

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Previous listings

US

04/19

Nueva Orleans, Tipitina’s

04/20

Nueva Orleans, venue TBA

04/21

Houston International Music Festival, Houston

04/23

Havana Film Festival, Nueva York (por confirmar)

04/26

The Calumet Café, Buffalo

04/27

Madison, The Orpheum Theater,WI

04/28

Chicago Old Town School of Music

04/29

The Shank Club, Milwaukee

04/30

SOB’s, Nueva York

   

06/07

Seattle, Century Ballroom

06/08

Seattle, Century Ballroom

06/09

Portland, Viscount Ballroom

06/10

Madison, Waterfront Festival (por confirmar)

06/15

Colombus, Festival Latino, "Music in the air", Ohio

06/16

Miami, Starfish (por confirmar)

   

07/14

Austin, One World Theater

07/19 – 07/22

Yoshi’s, Oakland

 

Europe

03/30

La Java, París, Francia

03/31

Festival Jazz N’ Jazz de Lille, Francia

04/05

La Vapeur, Orleans, Francia

04/06

L’Espace Culturel, Niort, Francia

04/07

Le VIP, Saint-Nazaire, Francia

04/11

Jazz Club, Freiburg, Alemania

04/12

Quasimodo, Berlín, Alemania

04/13

Anvers, Bélgica (por confirmar)

04/14

Zug, Theater Casino, Suiza

04/15

Den Haag Festival, Holanda

 

05/07

Kerry Music Festival Dingle, Irlanda

05/11

Canary Wharf Festival, Cabot Hall, Londres, Inglaterra

05/27

Fishquay Festival, Tyne & Wear, Inglaterra

05/31

Bath, Pavillion, Inglaterra

 

06/01

Leeds, Casa Latina, Inglaterra

06/18

Calvi, Corsega (por confirmar)

06/20

Issy-les-Moulineaux, Francia (por confirmar)

06/21

Meze, Francia

 

07/24

Festival de Toulon, Francia

07/25

Aix Jazz Festival, Francia

07/28

Festival Val de Jazz, Bonny s/Loire, Francia

07/29

Festival de Jazz de Carcassonne, Francia (por confirmar)

 

08/03

Fiesta Latina, Sète, Francia

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Mar. 30 Friday Paris, France  
Mar. 31 Saturday Lille, France  
Apr. 05 Thursday Orleans, France  
Apr. 06 Friday Niort, France  
Apr. 07 Saturday Saint-Nazaire, France  
Apr. 14 Saturday Zug, Switzerland  
Apr. 15 Sunday Holland  
Apr. 19 Thursday New Orleans, LA Tipitina
Apr. 20 Friday New Orleans, LA Tipitina
Apr. 21 Saturday Houston, TX Houston Int'l Music Festival
Apr. 26 Thursday Buffalo Calumet Cafe
Apr. 27 Friday Madison TBA
Apr. 28 Saturday Chicago, IL Old Town School of Folk Music
Apr. 29 Sunday Milwaukee, WI The Shank
Apr. 30 Monday New York, NY S.O.B.s
May 06 Sunday Kerry, Eire  
May 11 Friday London Festival, England  
May 27 Sunday Newcastle, England  
May 28 Monday Option In Glasgow, Scotland  
May 30 Wednesday Option In Leicester  
May 31 Thursday Bath, England  
Jun 01 Friday Leeds, England  
Jun 02 Saturday London (option) or Belgium  
Jun 15 Friday Columbus, OH Tentative
Jun 21 Thursday Meze, France Tentative
Jul 14 Saturday Austin, TX  
Jul 19 Thursday Oakland, CA  
Jul 20 Friday Oakland, CA  
Jul 21 Saturday Oakland, CA  
Jul 22 Sunday Oakland, CA  

See http://www.ahinama.com/news.html for the latest

2000

9/7/00 Limoges, France Jack Lennon's, Phone #: (323) 466-2822
9/8/00 Montlouis, Loire, France

 

Festival Jazz In Touraine, Phone #: (323) 466-2822
9/9/00 Dax, France Festival De Toros Y Salsa. Phone #: (323) 466-2822

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06/20/00 Vail, CO Hot Summer Nights
06/21/00 Winnipeg, MB Jazz Winnipeg Festival
06/22/00 Winnipeg, MB Jazz Winnipeg Festival
06/23/00 Winnipeg, MB Jazz Winnipeg Festival
06/24/00 Winnipeg, MB Jazz Winnipeg Festival
06/25/00 Vancouver, BC Jazz Festival
06/26/00 Victoria, BC JazzFest International
06/27/00 Vancouver, BC Jazz Festival
06/28/00 Vancouver, BC Jazz Festival
06/29/00 Seattle, WA Jazz Alley
06/30/00 Edmonton, AB Jazz Festival
07/01/00 Calgary, AB Jazz Festival
07/02/00 Saskatoon, SK Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
07/03/00 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
07/04/00 Montreal, QC Montreal Jazz Festival
07/06/00 Montreal, QC Montreal Jazz Festival
07/07/00 Buffalo, NY Calumet Cafe
07/08/00 Detroit, MI Concert Of Colors
07/09/00 London, ON Sunfest
07/12/00 Houston, TX Metropolis
07/13/00 Chicago, IL Summer Dance
07/14/00 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
07/15/00 New York, NY Lincoln Center
07/19/00 Edgartown, MA Hot Tin Roof
07/20/00 Cambridge, MA Regattabar
07/21/00 Trumansburg, NY Grass Roots Festival
07/22/00 Madison, WI Fiesta Hispana
07/22/00 Madison, WI Union Terrace
07/24/00 New York, NY S.O.B.'S
07/27/00 Barcelonette, France  
08/06/00 Avignon, France  
08/10/00 Chalons Sur Marne, France  
08/11/00 Marciac, France  

1999

Date

City

State

Venue

06/17/99 Snowmass CO Jazz Aspen
06/20/99 Snowmass CO Jazz Aspen

May 1998 For Immediate Release

MARACA

Ahí Namá and Yambú Productions are proud to announce that Cuba's most prominent flautist, composer and arranger, Orlando "MARACA" Valle, will be touring the United States in August, and September 1998 [and again in 1999!].

Maraca began his professional career in 1987, with a trip to Panama, in the band of vocalist Bobby Carcassés.  That same year, he became a member of  Nueva Visión, the group led by the late Emiliano Salvador.  And, in 1988, Maraca joined Chucho Vales' Irakere, with whom he spent six years as a flautist, keyboardist, composer and arranger.

While performing with Irakere at the most notable jazz festivals and clubs throughout the world, Maraca gained the international recognition necessary to launch his solo career.

In 1996, Maraca formed his own band, Otra Visión, with whom he recorded the album, HAVANA CALLING.  The album was released October of that year in the United States.  Havana Calling was regarded as one of the top ten recordings of 1996, and was praised by Latin music and jazz critics in the United States and Europe.

In April of 1998, Ahí Namá and Maraca celebrated the release of Maraca's latest recording, SONANDO, featuring 1998 Grammy Award winners, David Sánchez, Compay Segundo, Barbarito Torres.

Accompanied with his band, Otra Visión this versatile composer and arranger incorporates diverse, Cuban elements (i.e. descarga, guaracha, pregón son, and jazz fusion, to name a few) in this recording.  Maraca has definitely succeeded in liberating the Cuban flute from the traditional charanga  format, while elevating jazzy rhythms and Latin Styles to new, creative heights.

We invite you to experience the sultry, tropical rhythms of today's Cuba.

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CELINE CHAUVEAU
Maraca's manager and tour coordinator
Ph/Fax in France : + 33 1 60 82 70 43
www.maraca.cult.cu
bernard.chauveau@wanadoo.fr
Ph/Fax in Cuba : + 53 7 33 94 30
maraca@cubarte.cult.cu
DESCARGA SEP AGENCY
17, allee des Eiders
75 019 Paris - FRANCE

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