Hollywood, Florida, USA

Rhythmic explosions in a sea of melodies...soulful, dynamic & funky. Non-traditional, blues-infused Afro-Cuban roots music.


The band was formed in 1993 by Cuban-born guitarist Egidio Balzola after years of touring with all kinds of bands. Oriente's sound came through the fusion of Balzola's deep Afro-Cuban roots with Blues, Jazz, Caribbean & Brazilian influences. Their first gig in New Orleans in 1994 attracted musicians and world class audiences at famed Snug Harbor Jazz Club plus around town at popular venues, festivals & concerts including Dream Palace, Cafe Brasil, The Mermaid, Loyola & Tulane Universities... It was in that soulful city that the young band felt at home and took advantage of that fertile ground to develop their signature sound.

Bandmembers have played & recorded with artists including Mongo Santamaria, Babatunde Olatunji, Cachao, Jaco Pastorius, Patato Valdes, Celia Cruz, Habana Sax Quartet, Jimmy Riley, Willie Stewart (Third World), Yma Sumac... Recent gigs include
St. Lucia Jazz Festival, Bele Chere Arts & Music
Fest (Asheville, NC), Piccolo Spoleto (Charleston, SC), MOJA Pan-African Festival (Charleston), Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club, Tobacco Road, Caribbean Soul Celebration (Miami), Key West Cuban Heritage Festival, Concert Tour - England, Germany, Finland and Iceland...

full bio, performance listing and merchandise available on website.

More music samples at http://cdbaby.com/cd/orientemusic.


Debut CD - ORIENTE (1997)
ORIENTE - Searching For A Blue Unseen (2003)
ORIENTE - ten spaces in time (2006)

Public radio, Internet radio airplay -
Redemption Song, The Chicken, California Cruzao, Rumba Pa Rockincha, Desde El Mar Muerto, Buscando etc.

Set List

Sets open with powerful originals including -
Desde El Mar Muerto,
Coup D'Etat,
Rumba Pa' Rockincha,
adding covers including -
The Chicken (Pee Wee Ellis),
Caravan (Juan Tizol/Duke Ellington),
She Caught The Katy (Taj Mahal),
Hey Pocky Way (Meters/Neville Bros.),
Redemption Song (Bob Marley),
Como Mi Ritmo No Hay Dos (Cachao)...
Sets last as long as audiences & venues enjoy.