Marco Claveria Project
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Marco Claveria Project

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | INDIE

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | INDIE
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"Latin rhythm kings rule"

The Latin-influenced record has its foundations in Chile’s folk music, including the country’s national dance, the cueca.

Marco Claveria.

Essencias mixes the Latin American, Cuban and Chilean with jazz and Canadian music.

It has been a long time since Marco Claveria lived in his hometown of Santiago, Chile. But a listen to the musician’s new album confirm his roots in Chilean folk.

The 47-year-old resides in Edmonton, Canada where he plans to launch a tour in support of his album “Essencias”, or “Essences,” the debut for his band, the Marco Claveria Project, released Nov. 12.
But his foundations were very much in Chilean music. Living in Santiago until the age of 19, he grew up in a musical household, listening to Chilean folk band Inti-Illimani and progressive rock band Congreso, as well as Cuban music.

Claveria started playing guitar at the age of 10, learning Chilean folk songs and other styles of popular Chilean music, including the country’s national dance, cueca. When his family moved to Canada in 1982, his passion for music continued and he enrolled the music program in Edmonton’s Grant McEwan Community College.

He calls his new CD Essencias to reflect the various genres of Latin music he now incorporates into his own.

“I am still a Chilean at heart,” Claveria told This Is Chile . “With music, you try to keep that alive by playing the music you grew up with or from your country. That is why I never stop listening to all those bands from Chile.

“The thing is a lot of people when you say Latin music they right away think of salsa, but when we do our shows we do stuff from different places like African, Peruvian, Cuban and Chilean music.”

In addition to a significant Latin community in Canada, Claveria, who also teaches guitar at a music school in Edmonton, says the release of the Bueno Vista Social Club album, released in 1997 by Cuban bandleader and musician Juan de Marcos González and American guitarist Ry Cooder, opened up the Canadian market.

“Everybody that you talked to that was into live music or into checking out bands,” he says, “they all knew about Chile music and Latin music, and people became much more aware of it.”

As lead singer of a previous band, the trio Bomba!, Claveria has played to audience of 35,000 at the 2002 FIFA Women’s U-19 World Cup soccer event, and at the prestigious Montreal International Jazz Festival, one of the largest annual festivals in the world featuring 3,000 artists from 30 countries.

At the Jazz Festival, Claveria says the large Latin community in attendance were surprised when a band from Western Canada put on a quality performance.

“People thought, ´They have to sound country-ish,´” he says. “People were quite shocked when they saw the band and the quality of the music.”

Other languages

- Músico chileno Marco Clavería lanza nuevo disco en Canadá

Original Article Credit – Imagen de Chile Foun - Edmonton Journal


"El Rayado Mural" Sikus 1989
Amigos Latinos CBC Variety recordings world serie 1991
"Lo Que Bomba Te Da" Bomba! 2001
"Diasporama"Chilenos en Canada Sony Music Chile 2002
"A Mi Me Gusta" Bomba! 2003
"Made in Alberta" 2003
"Coming Home" A compilation featuring McEwan Music alumny and faculty
"Essencias" Marco Claveria Project 2010




 Marco Claveria was born in Santiago Chile, to a musical family. Prompted by his parents, Marco started guitar lessons at the age of ten, learning to play the basics of Chilean folk music then moving on to study different styles such as Cuecas, Tonadas, and the Resbaloza as well as the Argentinian Samba. When his family immigrated to Canada in 1982, and after a period of transition to his new home, he re-immersed himself in music and began taking part in different musical ensembles in the city of Edmonton. In 1989 he enrolled in the Music Program at Grant McEwan University for a year, before relocating to Montreal to further broaden his musical horizons.

 In 1994 after attending AFROCUBANISMO! In Banff, Alberta, Marco was inspired to travel to Cuba to rediscover his passion for the music he grew up listening to in his parents’ home in Chile and in 1996, he made up his mind to return and study with some of Cubas’ musical masters including Carlitos Gonzales (Afrocuban All-Stars) Angel Rivero and Alejandro Maximo Duany.


Marco has been an integral part of various musical projects that have toured South America, USA and all across Canada and has had the privilege of playing the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival as well as the world renowned Edmonton Folk Music Festival, he has also had the chance to appear at the Discovery Coast Music fest in Bella Coola, and was featured in a live performance on the CANADA AM show on CTV

and Clip Trip on Much More Music.

 As a founding member and main writer-composer of the popular local group Bomba! Marco had the chance to open for such luminary acts as Cubanismo, Angelique Kidjo, Mayra Valdes, Al Green and Aaron Naville, they also accompanied Jose Seves (Inti-Illimani) and Elizabeth Morris on one of their performances. And most recently, with his new ensemble, he had the chance to open for Alex Cuba, Charanga Habanera and Havana D’Primera..

 In his first solo release "Essencias" he had the priviledge of working with Alex Cuba, Orlando Valle "Maraca", Adonis Puentes, Andre LLanes "Carmelo",  Andres "El Negron" Miranda Valdez, Israel "Toto" Berriel,  Lazaro Reinier Pla, Sergio Riveiro to name a few.

In Marco's latest musical adventure, he join forces with some of Canada's top musicians such as Keith Rempel, Jose Sanchez ( Alex Cuba,Rojitas), Juan Carlos Gonzalez( Pupy y Los Que Son Son) Israel "Toto" Berriel (Los munequitos de Matanzas) and Daymar Calvario

( Pupy y Los Que Son Son) on Piano and Violin. Together they begin a new chapter in his musical journey.

“It’s a whole new beginning.”





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