Friday, 26 September 2008
8:00 PM

Maraca and The New Collective

Cuba’s Premier flutist and composer ”MARACA” has been described as “The most influential Afro-Cuban band of the emerging century” (Howard REICH – THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, USA), meanwhile Cuba’s national newspapers claim him to be “An essential personality in the actual panorama of Cuban music” (Omar Vazquez – Granma).

Considered as “one the hottest names in Afro-Cuban music” by The Los Angeles Times, Orlando “Maraca” Valle is highly appreciated for his spontaneously celebratory, rhythmically complex, lyrically clever, and instrumentally thrilling music; his brilliant fusions range from Latin jazz to the most danceable tropical rhythms, and his spectacular live performances as well as his multi-award winning recordings have made him famous all over the world. The New Collective is a band of ten of the best musicians from Cuba today.

His nomination as “Best Salsa Album” at the US Grammy Awards in 2003 made him the youngest Cuban artist ever nominated by the US National Recording Academy.

Rounding out the evening will be a performance by local guitarist Rick Sikorski and a salsa demo from Salsa de Cuba.

Tickets on sale now.
Tickets: 25 General, 20 Special Discount, and 10 Students
(360) 754-7711


Center of the Arts
South Puget Sound Community College
2011 Mottman Road SW
Olympia, WA 98512