Noted Spanish multi-instrumentalist Nacho Arimany (www.nachoarimany.com) brings his Nacho Arimany Trio to La MaMa from tonight, October 19-21, 2012, with "Landscapes of the Soul," an evening of crosscultural sounds, jazz and multimedia. Arimany is originator of the "New Spanish" sound, which has also been described as "World Jazz" and "21st Century Flamenco." The evening will feature Nacho Arimany on percussion, guitar and voice, together with jazz piano by Robert Rodriguez, double bass by Michael O'Brian and video art and live digital drawing by Laia Cabrera.
La MaMa, 74A East Fourth Street, will present the Nacho Arimany Trio from tonight, October 19 to 21. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 10:00 PM and Sunday at 5:30 PM. Tickets are $20 and can be ordered by visiting www.lamama.org or by calling (212) 475-7710.
For additional information, visit the artist's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/nacho-arimany.
Before moving to New York in 2009, Arimany was chiefly known as one of Spain's most sought after Flamenco percussionists. He entered the world of Flamenco through the Spanish Dance and Flamenco Choreography Contest of Madrid, winning a prize for "Pa´dentro," a martinete composed for Triazion danza. When asked to form a percussion group, he introduced to Flamenco the use of a gourd from Mali as a percussion instrument. Academies, tablaos and baile were his school for eight years and he collaborated with Joaquín Cortés, Gerardo Nuñez and Rocio Molina, along with many of Spain's hottest Flamenco dancers.
In Fall 2008, Nacho Arimany was commissioned to compose and conduct a new work for Global Perfussion, a gathering of 15 percussionists from around the world. The group reconvened in November 2009 touring in Bamako, Mali and the Canary Islands. He settled in New York in 2009 and the next year, appeared at City Center's Fall for Dance Festival in the U.S. premiere of "Rooted on Earth," his acclaimed duet with Flamenco dancer Rafaela Carrasco. A precursor to the La MaMa production of "Landscapes of the Soul" was performed by the Arimany Trio at BAM Cafe in 2010.
Arimany's musical innovations have forked into another avenue where they are being applied to sound therapy and transformational processes. He established "The Joy of Sound," a soundwork service, to pioneer use of his percussive music in sensory integration therapy and sound counseling. (www.thejoyofsound.com)
Robert Rodriguez (piano), born in New York, moved to Miami, where he studied piano and percussion at New World High School of the Arts and earned a bachelor's in studio music and jazz at University of Miami. He was a sideman on "Jam Miami" alongside Chick Corea on Rhodes, Arturo Sandoval’s "Trumpet Evolution" (produced by Quincy Jones), Ray Barretto’s 2005 Grammy nominated recording "Time is Time Was" which featured Rodriguez' composition "One for Ray," "Where-As" with legendary drummer Roy Haynes, "Cultural Survivor" with David Sanchez and many other recordings with independent jazz artists. In April 2006, he was featured with the late Ray Barretto in a video recorded special broadcast on PBS titled "Legends of Jazz." Robert has co-led two recordings with his brother, trumPeter Michael Rodriguez. His work with the Rodriguez Bros. band led to a commission from Chamber Music America and an ASCAP Young Composers Award. Robert continues to compose for the Rodriguez Bros. and most recently, for his piano trio, which debuted at the Bluenote Jazz Club in 2009.
Michael O'Brian (double bass) holds a B.A from University of Minnesota with a major in Spanish Language. He studied bass under Anthony Cox and West African and Haitian percussion under Marc Anderson. He has performed and composed internationally with Harry Connick Jr., Ruben Blades, The Merce Cunningham Dance Co., Gene Pitney, Dave Samuels, Dave King, Matt Wilson, Ted Nash, Sandro Albert, Joshua Breakstone, Elliot Zigmund, Ron Afiff, Todd Reynolds, Wessel Anderson, David Binney, Ari Hoenig, The Jazz Mandolin Project, Joel Harrison, Christian Howes, Peter Apfelbaum, Robert Rodriguez, Dan Weiss, Marc Giuliana, Luba Mason, Paul Bollenback, and Oriente Lopez. He has performed at Lincoln Center Festival, IAJE (International Jazz Educators conference), PASIC (Percussive Arts Societies International Convention) and American Composers Forums' Sonic Circuits Festival. His string quartet arrangement of "Pine" was performed at the Kennedy Center by the acclaimed string quartet Ethel. He has also taught clinics and performed master classes throughout the United States and in Europe.