Bacalao

Bacalao

 Brighton, England, GBR
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Salsa 'cuban' style big band for dancing, From their beginnings in Brighton, Bacalao have developed into one of the biggest and most colourful Latin bands in the country. The line up consists of many of the most exciting and talented players in the UK Latin music scene.

Biography

From their beginnings in Brighton, Bacalao have developed into one of the biggest and most colourful Latin show bands in the country. The line up consists of many of the most exciting and talented players in the UK Latin music scene. Much hard work has been put into creating an authentic 'latin/salsa' sound. There are three genuine 'Latinos' in the band, Diego, Juan & Rafael who share lead vocals. All hail from Colombia in South America and the rest are from the UK. Many of the members have, however, journeyed to Cuba, the birthplace of Salsa, and studied and played with some of the best bands and musicians. The aim of the band is essentially to make people dance, young and old. We also feel like we want to give back something to the culture that gave us the opportunity to make this beautiful music. Our own interpretation of classics might be given a 'western' twist for example by mixing Cha Cha Cha with Ska. A combination that purists might disapprove of, but will fill any dance floor. The musicians in the band come from a wide range of musical backgrounds, ranging from Klezmer to Jazz, Pop to Punk and Classical to Reggae. This unique combination has resulted in the band presently creating some of the most danceable sounds around. See the band and make your own mind up!

The Full line - up ;
Dominic David - Congas
Andy Warner- Bongos/Percussion
Will Fry - Timbales
Ben Albu - Piano
Johnny Gee - Bass
Diego Monsalve - Vocals
Rafael Berrio - Vocals, guiro
Juan Preciado - Vocals
Jo Fraser - Flute and backing vocals
Martijn Van Galen - Trumpet
Julian Nicholas - Alto Sax
Ian Price - Tenor Sax
Marc Bassey - Trombone
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The Band's flexible format means that they can play as a 12 piece down to a 7 piece to a suit venues/promoters and budget.
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Past Gigs:-
- Glastonbury Avalon Stage
- Southsea Open Air Festival
- Milton Keynes, MK Dons FC
- heatre Royal, Portsmouth
- Ashcroft Arts centre
- Arts Depot, London
- Galeri Caernarfon Festival
- Komedia Brighton
- Gulbenkian, Canterbury
- The Stables, Milton Keynes
- Dorchester Festival
- Southport International Jazz Festival
- Beachdown festival, Brighton
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Discography

Live at Newbury Corn Exchange - 2009
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New Album ' Bacalao con Gas' / Strictly Come Salsa!
due for release in 2012.
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Set List

La Noche
A Gozar Timbero
No me llores mas
El Cuarto de Tula
Ajiaco Caliente
La Piragua
Co Co My My
Yiri yiri bon
Coje pa la cola
Estoy hecho tierra
El Manisero
La Muerte
El Paso de Encarnacion
Maria Teresa
Con mi Guaguanco
Baila mi Plena
Que do re mi
Alma Latina
Don Lengua
Salsa pa ti
Bilongo
Lindo Yambu
El Son
Baila que baila
Como fue
Cumbia en Dominante
+ many more...