Armidale's Imperial Hotel will host one of the first concerts for Sydney based group Caribé, who are excited to be part of a live music revival and are taking their 'Havana Return' show on tour in regional NSW and Queensland throughout 2021.
The group will also conduct a workshop at Tamworth's Conservatorium of Music.
This bountiful collaboration with Cuban dancer Adrian Medina and an eight-piece band is engaging and entertaining for wallflowers and hipshakers alike.
Caribé's alto and soprano sax player Gai Bryant said 2020 had been a challenging year and the 2021 presents its own set of problems.
"Live music is seen as very much a part of the recovery process as venues reopen, musicians go on tour and people gather together to share a common and joyful experience," Ms Bryant said.
The group, which features some of Australia's leading jazz and Latin musicians, crafts traditional and classic Cuban music forms into a contemporary setting, resulting in a performance that is unique and fresh.
"The percussion and rhythm section set up a crackling, thunderous bed for expatriate Cuban Adrian Medina to dance and the group to solo over," Ms Bryant said.
"The constant push and pull between powerful percussion and stunning melodies creates a dynamic tension that draws you in and invites you to dance in your seat - and hopefully on the dance floor as Covid restrictions are relaxed."
Caribé have already played two sell out shows in 2020, at the Sydney Women's International Jazz Festival and the Lismore City Hall.
"Seeing Caribé live is a communal experience incorporating chants, stories and percussive elements deeply rooted in rumba and Afro-Cuban spiritual practice that encourages participation," Ms Bryant said.
Out show Caribé's Havana Return crafts Cuban traditional and classic forms in a contemporary way resulting in music that is unique, fresh and danceable."
Caribé will perform at Armidale's Imperial Hotel on Saturday, January 30 and conduct a workshop at Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music on Sunday, January 31.