Could not get it together on the night of May 5th and Timbalive the band came on, and then I became:
Alive – Inspired – One With All
Joining the band and resonating on their timba frequency
Time Slowed Down and Heart/Soul Beat Clarified
Timbalive truly is like their jingle “Salsa Vitamina” – Medicine for the soul
I always say that the music must speak to you. Playing inspiring new music – live music well – encourages growth and creativity, nurtures the soul. A new standard for live Latin Music has been set in CNY area by Timbalive
When I got into dance I personally experienced the difference that in made in my life and others. In my travels I was able to connect with many through the language of dance, and gain a sense of the larger global community that I was part of. However, I began to see that while Ithaca has a salsa community, as does Rochester, Binghamton, Syracuse…there isn’t much movement of people between these local/regional locales. In the hopes of doing something to change that I organized my first weekend workshop in Feb of this year.
I brought down Vic Hadar from NYC to conduct a series of workshops on the last Saturday in February. It was an unqualified success with people from all the above areas coming to Ithaca to learn and later to social dance together.
It has been way too long and I’ve missed so many oppportunities to share. It is a matter of getting into a new rhythmn, adding this blog to my daily pattern…
I discovered a great song at the Oasis last night – La Rumba No. This song is from a 2009 CD called arrasando by the group Los Van Van and can be heard on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3C9EpmC6S4 . So what makes it a great song? La Rumba No has a great clear beat, danceable by almost anyone. Secondly it has an additional piquancy, with the arrangement mixed a little. There are some songs where the band will be creative and change things up so often that only the most advanced/creative of dancers can be with/in the music. There are others where the arrangement is like deeply worn ruts on a dirt track. This song finds just the right balance in my opinion and will be enjoyed by both the advanced dancer who likes cuban salsa as well as those just starting their dance journeys. This brings to mind the difference between dj’d and live music.
When I go to a dance there are many times I feel that a good dj is a 1000 times better than a live band. Last Saturday I was entertained by the band “Grupo Calle Uno” based out of Rochester. A band that played covers of the most popular latin songs heard in the clubs, with few original numbers and not enough playing time. This band took three long breaks, plus seemed to need a long discussion each time before playing the next song. Come on! Is this band practice or a gig? On the other hand I went to Taughannock Falls State Park yesterday evening and heard the “Caribe Jazz All Stars”. Great danceable music, with many originals. In fact I like their latest CD – not their older ones so be careful – called “Jorge T Cuevas and the Caribe Jazz All Stars” which can be bought at http://www.jorgevisions.com/store.htm