Calle Sur
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Calle Sur

Waterloo, Iowa, United States | INDIE

Waterloo, Iowa, United States | INDIE
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"They put on a delightful performance which was also very informative...the
music was great, giving the dancers a wonderful atmosphere to perform in."
(Luther Fragodt, Production Manager, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND) - Luther Fragodt, Production Manager, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND


"Your brilliant style and vibrant sounds made lasting memories
for us all.” -Richard Feldman, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

“You were absolutey wonderful. I am sure you could feel the
great love from the 3,000 people that were in the audience!”
Marsha Gebara, Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival - Arts Center of Coastal Carolina & Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival


"Calle Sur takes its audience on an exhilarating musical journey..."
(The Tico Times, San José, Costa Rica)

On behalf of our subsidiary, Arts Events, Inc., I would like to highly recommend Calle Sur. I was the stage manager for the Smet Construction Stage at Bayfest where Calle Sur performed. I can honestly say that I (and the other persons around me) all commented on how we enjoyed the show immensely! The musicians were very friendly, professional and easy to work with. In my opinion, the group Calle Sur is a top notch entertainer and features the most talented musicians I have heard in a very long time. I have been a stage manager and event coordinator for arts festivals for 17 years and Calle Sur definitely stands out in the crowd of performers! They also had very good crowd interaction.

Michelle M. Schleis, Arts Administrator
newARTS (Northeastern Wisconsin Arts Council)
BayFest - The Tico Times & BayFest


Discography

Obsesion (CD)
Fiesta! (CD)
Suave (CD)

Soundtracks to "Soldiers of Peace" (CNN documentary aired worldwide), "Guahibo" (PBS documentary), "Las Arpilleras" (documentary produced by the University of Iowa).

"Los Mojados:" song used in the soundtrack of the feature-length film "The Air I Breathe," featuring Kevin Bacon, Julie Delpy, Brendan Fraser, Andy Garcia, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Emile Hirsch, and Forest Whitaker

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CALLE SUR (founded in 1995)

Calle Sur is what happens when you combine man and woman, Black and White, urban and rural. Hearing Calle Sur gives you that gorgeous feeling that something just left you breathless and tingling, but you can't say exactly why. Seeing Calle Sur is living proof that the terms "Hispanic" and "Latino" can't be summarized.

Ed East is Panamanian. His upbringing in Panama City meant noise, hustle, bustle, and those chaotic smells and sights so characteristic of any Third World metropolis. It also meant a fierce need for individuality and lots of musical innovation and creativity, as expressed in the work of his compatriot, Rubén Blades.

Karin Stein, his Colombian partner, brings to the music of Calle Sur the perspective of her rural upbringing. Very rural, that is. She is a cowgirl from the eastern Llanos (YAH-nos) or plains of Colombia.

While he rode buses and watched TV, she rode horses and watched the red ibis stalk across emerald green rice fields. His veins were filled with the fusion of world beats converging in a big city. Her soul harbored haunting cowboy tunes from her traditional Llanero culture, a fascinating people whose music remains one of Latin America's best kept secrets.

They met in in the U.S.. They had built a life in a foreign but welcoming land, where their Latin heritage began to blend with their predominantly Anglo-Saxon surroundings. Calle Sur performs wherever their music takes them: New York, Colorado, Costa Rica, Malaysia, Romania. They have composed the film score for three documentaries, and recently, one of Karin’s compositions was used in the soundtrack of a feature-length movie, “The Air I Breathe,” featuring Andy Garcia, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Kevin Bacon, among others.

This duo has charisma, it has class, and it has talent to boot. One minute, Ed's drumming makes you jump to your feet. The next, you sway to the samba Karin plays on her guitar. Ed's versatile voice takes you from guajira and jazz to bossa nova and salsa tunes. Karin swings you with an Afro-Caribbean cumbia, packing Mercedes Sosa and Joan Baez into her vocal chords. And when they sing one of their boleros together... there is nothing left to do but to let the goose bumps run up and down your spine.

SAMPLES OF PAST VENUES:
Green Valley Recreation, Green Valley, AZ * The Miramar Cultural Center, Miramar, FL * The Los Angeles Music Center - Los Angeles, CA * Lotus Blossoms, Bloomington, IN * ArteVida International Folk Festival, Berea, KY * Rainforest World Music Festival, Kuching, Malaysia * The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head, NC * University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX * The Newmark Theater (together with Do Jump! - www.dojump.org, Portland, OR ) * Pinedale Arts Council, Pinedale, WY * Redlands Bowl, Redlands, CA * Teatro Melico Salazar, San José, Costa Rica * Teatro Colon, Bogotá, Colombia * University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO * Armstrong Atlantic University, Savannah, GA * The South Florida Folk Festival, Ft. Lauderdale, FL * Festival Tropical, Canary Islands, Spain