Sonido Batido
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Sonido Batido

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"Sonido Batido"

When a band's name means "sound mixture," you know you're about to hear something deliberately style-bending. Sonido Batido has been performing in Miami since 2003, when it began building a reputation for making extreme live-music mashups work out okay. In the past, the band members used organs, trumpets, and traditional tunes to win crowds over — even turning a Japanese children's song into a fifteen-minute jam. Lately they have been playing as a quartet at the upscale eatery Mosaico, leaving the organ for a more simple blend of Latin and jazz fused with classical Asian.

- Miami New Times

"Jamming Jazz Sounds"

Naming a band that sounds similar to local group Sonido Batido is difficult for frontman A.J. Khaw. Easier to describe for the pianist/physician is the unique music the trio strives to create. They combine the juicy rhythms of Latin tunes with more stark and artistic compositions of classical Japanese and Asian songs. The result is very much like the group's name, which means "sound mixture" in Spanish. Thriving on collaborative improvisation, they can take a traditional Japanese children's song and turn it upside down, yielding a 15-minute jam. Joining Khaw will be trumpeter Hiroshi Yasuda and percussionist Emilio Subdiaz. Though it's been only about 3 months since the trio formed, the Sonidos have been playing steady gigs at local joints. Look for a chilled-out jazzy feast with touches of samba, salsa, and legendary songs. The combo performs at 8:00 p.m. at St. John's Church, 4760 Pine Tree Dr., Miami Beach. Admission is $12. Call 305-613-2325. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez

- Miami New Times


LP: Journey of a Refugee (2008)



Sonido Batido is a jazz trio named for its swirling mixture of jazz, Latin, and funk with flavors of salsa, reggae, bossa nova, samba, son, and guaranco. This Miami-based group of international musicians combines a wealth of experience from diverse genres. Improvising on original compositions and creating unexpected twists in legendary songs and boleros, Sonido Batido attracts an enthusiastic following.
It all started in 2004 by the meeting of musicians from opposite corners of the world in a bar called Churchill's. Since then they have performed steady gigs all around the Miami club circuit in venues such as Toscana, Mosaico, The Food Gang, Literary Cafe, and Archie's.
They were invited to play at Miami's first Fete de la Musique and first Sleepless Night celebration, both inspired by festivals in France.
Sonido Batido consists of Emilio Subdiaz (drums, percussion), Rubén Olvera (bass), and A.J. Khaw (piano, keyboard).
Sonido Batido has just released their first album called “Journey of the Refugee” and completed a Mexico tour of 4 cities in November 2008.
It is a collection of 7 original pieces inspired by personal travels and experiences.
This Miami-based trio leads you on an epic journey across rivers, mountains, jungles, and cities filled with Latin rhythms and enchanting melodies.