Yusa

Yusa

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These technically faultless players have an exceptional range of music at their fingertips (rock, jazz, doo-wop, bebop, classical and the entire Cuban repertoire make appearances here) as well as the techniques needed to transform their musical ideas into reality.

Biography

Influences are less conscious than people suppose. If the music you do is sincere and original, when you are answering about your influences you’re probably talking about what you would like to see reflected in your music, or about the music you really like among those that preceded you. So, taking the risk of answering more about my musical preferences that about my influences, here you have only a part of it: Omara Portuondo, Elena Burke; the Nueva Trova and their paradigmatic Silvio and Pablo; Santiago Feliú from the next generation of trovadours; the Cuban son, salsa and timba: (that use to played when I was in Soneras Son) NG La Banda, Irakere, Los Van Van; Cuban fusion bands like Síntesis and Mezcla (where I also played briefly); Weather Report, Kool & the Gang, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Cindy Lauper, Prince; the rock & roll bands like Led Zeppelin, Rush, Def Leppard; Jeff Buckley; Brazilian music like Gismonti, Gal Costa, Chico Buarque, Maria Bethania, Roberto Carlos, Elza Soares, Lenine; Keith Jarrett, Chik Corea, Michel Camilo, Herbie Hancock, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Jaco Pastorius, Sting, Gema & Pável, Habana Abierta, Casandra Wilson, Erikah Badu, Lauryn Hill and Me’Shell Ndegeocello. I mean all the music I have heard once and then I choose to listen again. I’m also touched by the people I use to play with. I’m a kind of musical sponge and I don’t know if it’s good or bad.

Discography

CD "Yusa", Tumi Music 2001
DVD "Yusa live at Ronnie Scott's", Tumi 2003
"Breathe" Tumi Music, 2005
"Haiku" to be relased in 2008