The latest project from Will ‘Quantic’ Holland, the Combo Bárbaro is an exceptional group of multi-cultural musicians who create a sonic snapshot of the ever-evolving musical landscape of the Americas.
ClubStage 10.30 - 11.30pm Systema Solar & DJ Snowboy in the Lates Lounge
Since settling in Cali in 2007, Holland has set up an analogue studio and put together a core group of pianist Alfredo Linares, who wowed the sell-out crowds with his virtuoso performances on The Quantic Soul Orchestra’s 2008 tour; Freddy Colorado, a cornerstone of the Cali music circuit, on congas; Fernando Silva on bass; Holland himself on electric guitar; and London-based drummer and long time Quantic collaborator Malcolm Catto, also well known for his own band The Heliocentrics.
The result is a rich multi-cultural stew, bathed but not exclusively rooted in Colombian musical culture, embracing the musical range of all the American continent – honoring and utilising its contributors’ to create a unique brand of contemporary music that is a joy to listen to, and a live experience that defies comparison.
Tradition In Transition also benefits incalculably from the talents of revered Brazilian writer, arranger and musical innovator Arthur Verocai, who scored a 12 piece string section on several themes. Legendary Panamanian soul singer Kabir lends his rich vocals to two tracks (including the single, “Linda Morena”). Indian-born singer Falu, now USA-based, brings a beguiling mix of North Indian Classical and rock-influenced vocal styles; and Pacific folklore singer and award-winning writer Nidia Gángora contributes her beautiful song “Un Canto A Mi Tierra”.
'[A] mix of Latin grooves with psychedelic funk... the sound of the summer.' The Independent
' He’s stepped it up a couple of gears- He’s at the forefront of a new global sound' Gilles Peterson