Locarno

Locarno

 Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN
BandWorldLatin

Locarno is a high energy Latin band whose music finds it's foundation in the Mexican Son Jarocho tradition. While Mexico is the starting point, the band brings together, ska, Latino music and a hot, hot horn section. They'll excite jazz fans, world music fans and anyone who likes to move to music.

Biography

Locarno is the Latin music project of Paperboys front-man Tom Landa. The music, like him, is part Mexican but with strong doses of Cuban Son, Folk Music, Pop and Funk. The band is a culturally diverse group with members from Mexico, Chile, Cuba, and Canada. There are threads of Son Jarocho and Salsa, with the songs a little more edgy and contemporary than usual. The music could be compared to Manu Chao, Ozomatli or Rodrigo and Gabriela but, although there are similarities, it is truly original and a new flavour in the Latin music genre.

Tom was born and raised in Mexico City to a Mexican father and a Canadian mother. He moved to Ontario during his teenage years where he put behind his Mexican Musical Roots in favour of the new sounds that surrounded his new environment. Records by The Smiths, Tracy Chapman and Spirit of The West dominated his turntable and cassette player, until a record by Los Lobos, a Mexican American band, brought him 'back home'. La Pistola y El Corazon was a recording where Los Lobos played a variety of Mexican musical idioms including Son Jarocho which had a huge impact on Tom. From that moment on, Landa rediscovered his musical roots and began his musical quest to not only learn more about this music, but also write and arrange songs in this genre. Thanks in part to The Canada Council, this musical path eventually led him to study Son Jarocho in Veracruz Mexico, under the tutelage of Ramon Gutierrez of the group Son De Madera.

For the past few years Tom has been writing and recording the material for his project Locarno. His goal is to create music which is heavily influenced by Mexican music but using the elements and musicians around him in his hometown of Vancouver. A key element to this sound is the partnerships he has created with producer Joby Baker who has worked with several World/Latin artists including Alex Cuba and Miguelito Valdes who lends his trumpet and percussion talents to the project. Miguelito was born and raised in Havana Cuba and has played with Afro Cuban All Stars, Omara Portoundo and The Buena Vista Social Club. Rounding up the group is Jason Woods on drums and percussion, Kalissa Hernandez on Violin and vocals and Nick La Riviere on trombone.

Locarno’s debut recording, Una Mas Y Ya Nos Vamos (tr. One More and We’re Gone) was released in June 2011. It is receiving a great from fans and already reviewers are saying the album was “adding exciting new flavours and blends to Latin music.”

Discography

2011 Una Mas Y Ya Nos Vamos (Jericho Beach Music)