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New York City, New York, United States | SELF

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"Cuban Music Lives!"

Last Saturday it was my pleasure to hear Papo Ortega's Cubanoson perform live at the Westgate Lounge, a popular Latin music and dance club in Westchester, New York, that features the best Latin bands including the best of the new. Cubanoson performed songs from their new CD Recordando a Cuba. This new recording brings a fresh interpretation to a highly danceable style of music known as the "Son". The Son originated in Cuba in the early part of the 1900's and was popularized by orchestras like Arsenio Rodriguez y Su Conjunto, La Orquesta Aragon, Sonora Matanzera and Jose Fajardo y Su Orquesta. This musical style spread like wild fire throughout the world and gave birth to El Son Montuno, and along with El Punto Cubano, is the origins of what we now know as Salsa and Charanga. Here is proof of the Son's powerful influence on Latin music today. Take a wonderfully fresh and modern musical journey through the heart, soul and rhythms of Cuba. Bravo Cubanoson! - Ed Castaneda (New York, NY USA)


"Altamente Recomendado"

Desde una de las concentraciones de gente cubana mas grande de los Estados Unidos, despues de la Florida, Union City, New Jersey. El pianista americano-cubano Leonel Papo Ortega comparte con los melomanos del mundo su amor por la musica popular de la isla mas grande y controvertida del caribe,Cuba. Es de aplaudir el gran esfuerzo no solo musical y economico que implica "embarcarse" en la produccion de musica cubana tipica desde una capital industrial bombardeada por la nueva ola del reggeton que se difunde poderosamente desde las emisoras comerciales de Nueva York. El aplauso se extiende al revisar el repertorio musical y los personajes ya casi legendarios que son complices de esta produccion: Chico Alvarez de palomonte, Ronnie Baro de la Broadway, Roberto Rodriguez Jr., Luisito Quintero el percusionista mas completo y polifacetico que ha conocido la nueva generación salsera de Venezuela, junto a ellos Junior Rivera, Willie Cintron, Oscar Onoz, Hiram Remon y Alexis Llerena. Cubanoson resume toda la nostalgia de ya casi dos generaciones de hijos de musicos cubanos establecidos en esa pequena republica independiente de Union City por el son tradicional de matamoros, repilado y arsenio y la continuidad de una musica "sublime" que estara presente e indestructible en medio de cada moda, fenomeno musical y nueva expresion que surga en el caribe o en las entrañas del monstruo, New York. - LaConga.org


"Editor's Pick"

Recordando A Cuba... Papo Ortega
Presents: Cubanoson CD (Cubanoson Productions 001),
Released 2006; Editor's Pick:

Nice! An unexpected, all embracing, son-salsa release in the style the classic SAR recordings. In fact, most of the arrangements here are done by Manolo Albo one of the originators (Along with Roberto Torres and Sergio Bofil) of the SAR dynasty. The brainchild of pianist-singer Leonel "Papo" Ortega, Cubanoson sports deep tres driven grooves (Junior Rivera) fronted by seasoned singers who know what they are doing: Ernest Chico Alvarez, another SAR star, and the legendary Ronnie Baro (Africando, SonSublime, Broadway, Barretto etc.) who here revives the classic -Monsieur Jose —remember that from the recently reissued classic Sonido Solido? Papo Ortega can spin a fine, inviting, montuno, and sports a just-right vocal timber to fit right in with his other first-line singers. Cubanoson has all the elements of the best old school dance material, and is earmarked to become a classic. With percussionist Luisito Quintero, bassist Willie Cintron, trumpeter and musical director Roberto Rodriguez and others who help make this one a very special acquisition. Very Highly Recommended. (BP, 2006-07-11) - www.descarga.com


"Cubanoson's CD # 1"

In 2006, Cubanoson's CD "Recordando A Cuba" was declared the # 1 Son CD in Italy, by Radio Vinilemania, # 1 Son CD in Germany by DJ Michael Peters and the # 1 CD in the United Kingdom by DJ Lubi. Other notable mentions include # 3 CD in the New York area by Latin Beat Magazine and the # 1 CD at SalsaPicante Radio, Viejoteca in Ontario, Canada has also declared Cubanoson's CD as the # 12 latin son CD for 2006. As of July 2008, Cubanoson's Recordando A Cuba has been at the # 1 spot in Miami, FL www.elmixeo.com since January. Thanks to DJ Alex Gutierrez.
- Cubanoson Productions


"El Policia que capturo en su piano al Son Cubano"

El policia que capturo en su piano al son Cubano.

Cubanoson es el nombre de la orquesta que fundo el teniente de la policia de Union City, Leonel Ortega. Conocido en el campo artistic como Papo, el talento del official es respaldado por un grupo de musicos expertos y plasmado en el contenido del nuevo CD -Recordando A Cuba.

Diez temas, diez motivos para no olvidar jamas esa hermosa rítmica de la isla. Diez canciones que en ingles, espanol y con coros en frances, le ensenan al mundo que los sentidos se vuelven uno solo, cuando se escuchan y se bailan las interpretaciones de la orquesta Cubanoson.

El CD ya esta a la venta y este autentico material puede ser adquirido en el internet, visitando la pagina www.cubanoson.com. Alli también pueden contactar la orquesta y contratarla para convertir en inolvidable diversos eventos y fechas especiales.

El Pianista

Cubanoson es una agrupacion musical Cubana creada por el pianista Leonel Papo Ortega. Este inspirado pianista y compositor ha tenido el privilegio de haber trabajado junto a varios musicos excepcionales, entre ellos, Roberto Rodriguez, Chico Alvarez, Junior Rivera, Jose Fajardo, y Candido Camero.

Cubanoson une el Punto Cubano con el Son Montuno trayendoles musica bailable Cubana a cualquier evento, (publico o privado), concierto o festival.

El proposito de este conjunto es unir el talento y la dedicacion de excelentes musicos contemporaneos, (puros exponentes de nuestras raices), para poder brindarles y expresearles a las diferentes culturas nuestra musica tradicional Cubana.

Cubanoson rinde honores a todos los grandes artistas que nos han transmitido la mejor educacion musical. Para ellos y otros que nos han pasado nuestra musica a travez de las generaciones, continuaremos rindiendoles homenaje con la nueva agrupacion de musica Cubana en Nueva York, Cubanoson !
- Javier Suarez - El Especialito Newspaper


"What a sound!"

"What a sound! Cubanoson isn't just a band - it's a Latin orchestra and Papo isn't just the leader - he's the mastermind pianist behind the Cuban rhythm and soul that resonates from this unbelievable group of performers! Bringing the music of Cuba to life, their style of "danceable" Salsa (similar to that of the Buena Vista Social Club) is absolutely top notch and an incredible addition to any event. If your guests didn't walk in knowing how to dance, by the end of the night I can assure you they won't want to leave! Papo and Cubanoson are a true class act and I can't wait to book them again!"

Carla Ryan
Impeccable Events LLC - Impeccable Events LLC


"Un CD fantastico!!!"

Decisamente un CD fantastico!!! Assolutamente da non perdere!!! Musiche tradizionali cubane ottimamente riarrangiate dal pianista Papo Ortega e la sua Orchestra. 10 tracce una piu' bella dell'altra. Personalmente a me non piacere scrivere tanto sulla musica... la musica la si deve ascoltare... e questa musica VA' SICURAMENTE ASCOLTATA!!! CD richiestissimo e ascoltatissimo anche in Italia dove è da subito entrato tra i TOP CD della mia radio!!!! VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!! Ciao ciao Pietro
- Pietro by Radio-Vinilemania


"L'orchestration est parfaite"

Nous a fait découvrir votre magnifique album Recordando a Cuba. Nous sommes sous le charme et ne cessons de l'écouter! L'orchestration est parfaite. Nous sommes éblouis par le piano, mais aussi par les cuivres, les percussions... On sent la saveur de Cuba, on retrouve ce qui nous fait tant aimer ce pays! Merci pour le plaisir qu'il nous donne. Cécile et Roger.
- Cécile Beauchemin et Roger Lapalme


"CUBANOSON / Beste SON CD 2006!"

Papo Ortega präsentiert seine Son/Salsa Band die in den USA beheimat ist. Wunderschöne neue und alte Sones und Guajiras aus Kuba. Einige Titel hat Papo selbst geschrieben. Diese CD ist eine unserer Favoriten bei Salsa Parties Sommer 2006! Musikalisch erste Sahne, excellente Musiker am TRES, PIANO, TROMPETEN usw...!
- Musica Latina Online


"Cubanoson CD Release"

News Released: August 17, 2006

Cubanoson CD Release - Pianist Papo Ortega and his NY Metropolitan Cuban Orchestra releases their debut CD - Recordando A Cuba.

(PRLEAP.COM) Cubanoson is a traditional Cuban dance orchestra as created by pianist, Leonel “Papo” Ortega. This musically inspired pianist and composer has enjoyed the privilege of working alongside several exceptional musicians, among them, Roberto Rodriguez, Chico Alvarez, Junior Rivera, Jose Fajardo and Candido Camero. Cubanoson unites the “Punto Cubano” and the “Son Montuno” bringing danceable Cuban music to any event, (public or private), concert or festival. The purpose of this orchestra is to unite the talent and dedication of excellent contemporary musicians, (true exponents of our roots), to offer and express our traditional Cuban music to all cultural venues. Cubanoson honors the great artists who have bestowed upon us the utmost musical education. To them and others who have passed on our music through generations, we will continue honoring them with New York’s Cuban dance orchestra, Cubanoson!

Their debut CD, Recordando A Cuba, consists of 10 selections of old style traditional Cuban music. It includes 3 compositions by composer Silvio Cebrian, (Monsieur Jose, En la Campina and No Te Preocupes.) (Side note) Monsieur Jose is a great tune with a new arrangement that contains French lyrics and coros, for Cubanoson’s European and Canadian friends, and as a special treat, singer Ronnie Baro added his unmistakable voice and French verbiage to introduce this song.

The CD also includes new arrangements of Lagrimas Negras, composed by Miguel Matamoros, Que Mala Suerte, by Arsenio Rodriguez, and Mujeres de Mayari composed by Francisco Repilado known as Compay Segundo to the music world.

The last 4 songs are all original compositions. Son Bailadores, composed by Mario J. Ortiz, music by Papo Ortega, resulted in the creation of an old-style guaguanco. Two other songs, Guajiro Soy, a guajira, and the title track Recordando a Cuba, that tribute the 6 original Cuban provinces, were co-written by Papo Ortega and Sergio Sori. Finally the introductory song, Cubanoson is a son montuno written by Papo to introduce the Cubanoson orchestra to the world. Get your CD today at www.cubanoson.com as well as on Itunes, and other retail and online stores. - PR Leap News


"Un CD fantastico!!!"

Decisamente un CD fantastico!!! Assolutamente da non perdere!!! Musiche tradizionali cubane ottimamente riarrangiate dal pianista Papo Ortega e la sua Orchestra. 10 tracce una piu' bella dell'altra. Personalmente a me non piacere scrivere tanto sulla musica... la musica la si deve ascoltare... e questa musica VA' SICURAMENTE ASCOLTATA!!! CD richiestissimo e ascoltatissimo anche in Italia dove è da subito entrato tra i TOP CD della mia radio!!!! VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!! Ciao ciao Pietro
- Pietro by Radio-Vinilemania


Discography

Cubanoson - A Passport to Culture - Newark, NJ Based Educational performance as part of NJPAC's School Productions - Curriculum presentation.
9. Cubanoson - The Story - Short Film 1/1/2012
8. Historia De Un Amor - Single 2011
7. ROUGH GUIDE TO SALSA DANCE (UK) Compilation CD/DVD - 2010
6. RUMBA NUEVA - Self released 2nd CD - 2010
5. CUBAN MOVES VOL.1 2009 - Munich, Germany - Dance Video
4. Cubanoson's 4th ANNIVERSARY DVD - 2008
3. LA NOCHE CUBANA VOL.27 (Italy) - Compilation CD - 2007
2. THE ROUGH GUIDE TO SALSA (UK) - Compilation CD. 2007
1. RECORDANDO A CUBA - Self Released debut CD - 2006

Corporate Clients Include:

Alec Baldwin - Actor
Queen's Library
NJ Board of NJ School Officials
NY Giants
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)
NY HIspanic Day Parade
FeteNY
Brothers Management
City of Union City, NJ
City of West New York, NJ
Dalzell Productions
Empire City Casino
FIFI Int'l Awards
Impeccable Events LLC
L'Anolis Vert
New York Salsa Congress
Joan's Joy Foundation
Primevere Foundation
R&M Promotions
Rebeka Verea Foundation
Rutgers University
Drew University
Salsa Sans Frontieres
TELEMUNDO TV
UNIVISION TV

***Member of ASCAP, member of MACNYC

Cubanoson reserves the right to perform with substitute musicians with the exception of the orchestra leader.

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Papo Ortega's CUBANOSON, NY's Cuban Orchestra was formed in 2005, under the leadership of pianist Leonel "Papo" Ortega. This musically inspired pianist and composer has enjoyed the privilege of working alongside several exceptional musicians, among them, Chocolate Armenteros, José Fajardo and Cándido Camero. CUBANOSON unites the “Punto Cubano” and the “Son Montuno” bringing you danceable Cuban music at its best by uniting the talent and dedication of excellent contemporary musicians to offer and express traditional Cuban music with a mix of New York Salsa right out to the dance floor.

In 2006, CUBANOSON released their debut CD titled "Recordando A Cuba" making it in to the 2007 Latin Grammy Final Entry List in 12 categories and named the # 1 Son CD in England, Germany and Italy. Their original hit songs "Cubanoson" and "Recordando A Cuba" have resounded worldwide and continue to receive airplay around the world via DJs, Radio Hosts of Satellite, commercial and non-commercial radio and numerous other venues.

Since their inception, CUBANOSON has been featured at GIANTS STADIUM in NJ, on UNIVISION TV, Westchester's Emelin Theatre, numerous festivals in New York and New Jersey, New York's Latin Quarter, Nyack's West Gate Lounge, Club Winner Circle in Westbury, New York, The Empire City Casino, the New Jersey Cuban Day Parade Gala events several years, opened the festivities at the 9th annual New York Salsa Congress, and since 2007 have performed yearly as a solo act at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC).

This high-energy orchestra features the original instrumentation of traditional Son Montuno sextets, Baby Bass, Congas, Bongoes, Trumpet, vocals and Tres Guitar, but since the beginning added an additional trumpet and piano similar to Johnny Pacheco, Sonora Matancera and Buena Vista Social Club, and went even further to add a trombone to have a full brass ensemble into their music.

Over the years, CUBANOSON has had the privilege of having the late Israel"Cachao" Lopez sit in with the band, and has also accompanied artists like Marcelino Valdes, Joseito Mateo and Lalo Rodriguez. CUBANOSON has opened for several great artists namely Paquito D'Rivera, Eddie Palmieri, Milly Quezada and Johnny Ventura. CUBANOSON continues to perform publicly and hope to travel internationally over the next few years. The orchestra’s repertoire went beyond tradition as CUBANOSON offers listeners Latin dance music in three languages, Spanish, English and French. Music from their first CD is now on two complilation CDs, in Italy and United Kingdom, and in 2009 part of a Cuban Dance Video produced in Germany.

In April of 2010, CUBANOSON debuted their second CD, titled "RUMBA NUEVA." This production, like the first one, has been called DJ's and/or dancers’ delight and outright party CDs. From the first to the last track you will be dancing. Rumba Nueva features 7 original songs by CUBANOSON to offer their danceable music in Spanish, English and French. From this second release, the original track"La Fiesta" was signed for a United Kingdom Compilation release - Rough Guide to Salsa Series and was recently a featured track on ITUNES. This last CD, Rumba Nueva made it into 9 categories on the 2010 Latin Grammy’s Final Entry List.

In April of 2011 – Cubanoson released a new single, Historia de Un Amor – a remake of the French version of Histoire D’un Amour from their Rumba Nueva CD.

For more information on CUBANOSON – NY’s Cuban Orchestra, visit their website at www.Cubanoson.com or befriend them on social networking sites - Facebook, myspace, LinkedIn under their name CUBANOSON. You can also see videos of CUBANOSON on youtube.com/cubanoson.

As a live orchestra, CUBANOSON caters to their clients and guests in the utmost professional manner. A well presented, well dressed orchestra that will bring to your event a truly unforgettable experience.