Performance Info

Sunday, January 24, 2016 — 2:00 pm to 2:40 pm

Artist Info

Percussion and Vocals
Endorsed By:
Gon Bops Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, Innovative percussion inc, Remo inc

Eliel lazo & The Cuban Funk Machine

Eliel Lazo began playing at an early age, egged on by his enthusiastic family. He studied at Oscar Valdes’ school of percussion (former singer and percussionist, of Irakere band). In 2003, at the age of 19, Eliel won the prestigious PERCUBA International Percussion Prize. Eliel Lazo first visited Denmark in 2004 on an invitation from the Danish Radio Big Band. Other invitations followed. Soon Denmark became a stable base on his travels around the world, and in 2007 he made Copenhagen his home. He has Play with musicians such as Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdes, Changuito, Tata Guines, Herbie Hancock, Bob Mintzer, Wayne Shorter, Oscar Valdes, Carlos del Puerto, Brian Blade, Dianne Reeves, John Pattitucci, Airto Moreira, Dave Holland and others. He has also played with the popular Cuban bands Diakara and Habana Ensemble, and in Denmark he has worked with the Danish Radio Big Band, Savage Rose, Blanco Y Negro and Mikkel Nordsø Band. In 2004 Eliel Lazo recorded his first album ''Art Ensemble of Habana'' with Commodo Depots records from Japan. Then he released his first recording with Stunt records ''Blanco Y Negro'' which was recorded in Cuba. His 3rd album ''El Conguero'' also with Stunt records, was awarded with The Danish Music award best album of the year in the world music category. You can find Eliel's playing on Mikkel Nordsø’s 7 Steps to Heaven - Hanne Boel´ The Shining of sings - the Danish Radio Big Band’s Cuban Flavor and Spirituasl, where Eliel is featured as percussionist and vocalist. His playing is also featured on CUBADISCO award winning CD, Andante of Cesar Lopez Y Habana Ensemble. He performs in the American movie about Cuban music, Music Under the Radar. He has taught at conservatories in Cuba, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, Germany and Sweden. Eliel's last CD is call ''Eliel lazo and the Cuban funk Machine'' ft American tenor saxophonist Bob Mintzer and a line up of Cuban, Danish and Swedish musicians that make this album very Unique. This Cd is a tribute to the 70s funk and Cuban Songo. The inspiration is coming from bands such as Irakere, the Head hunters, The meters and specially Los Van Van. This  CD is  dedicated to master Jose Luis Quintana ''Changuito'' and Juan Formell (august 2, 1942 - may 1st, 2014)

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