The reviews for Fiesta at Caroga are coming in!!
"…The Afro-Caribbean Jazz Collective follows in the footsteps of phenomenal bands that graced the stages of festivals, concert halls and various Latin American restaurants throughout the city and suburbs…"
"Fiesta at Caroga is a multicultural journey that pays homage to the roots of Afro-Caribbean music while embracing the contemporary flair of jazz and world music. The Afro-Caribbean Jazz Collective has created music that makes you want to move and resonates with the soul. The ensemble’s talent and commitment to celebrating and evolving the Afro-Caribbean music tradition bring this album to life. Each track tells a story, a narrative that weaves through the history and future of two rich musical genres."
“….this album simmers with a wide variety of tasty flavors. With a three member percussion team, there is a lot of percolating undercurrents throughout, with horns gliding over the simmering sounds on “ “El Cañaveral” and Devey powerhousing his way around “Descarga 2”. Stark is bold and bright on “Baile Bailekita” with the front line soft and seductive on the romantic “Carino”, simmering over on the aptly titled “El Volcano."
“….with its complex writing and precise rhythms, revealing, for the listener who gets lost in their dreams, a blue sea and a lingering sun, a form of ethnicity maintained by the percussions and enchantment delivered by the brass instruments. The music also knows how to be mysterious, tender, or poetic. José Guzmán, a guitarist as impressive as he is discreet within the group, presents remarkably intelligent compositions that prove that Afro-Cuban music in its jazz form still has many secrets to reveal to us.”
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DCASE Grant 2023
Funding for Fiesta at Caroga!
We're happy to announce that we recently received an Individual Artists Program grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events for the marketing of our album, Fiesta at Caroga, alongside Kari-On Productions!
Thanks to the grant panelists for believing in our project!