Friday 02 August 2019
Straight out of Havana, Orquesta Akokán are coming for the first time in Greece- a blazing ensemble of deeply soulful mambo reminiscent of Benny Moré, Pérez Prado, and the banda gigante of the ‘40s and ‘50s.
A big band collective of Havana’s top musicians, along with some of the most creative and spirited talents of New York’s Latin music scene, Orquesta Akokán will present a fiery show at the Great Lawn of the Stavros Niarchos Park.
The band’s first album boasts all original songs recorded at the historic state-run Estudios Areito with Cuba's finest players, young and old, led by the inimitable and dynamic singer José "Pepito" Gómez. Robust, time-tested musical architectures of son cubano and mambo are honored and modernized through a synthesis of the rich compositional styles of Havana, New York, and beyond. Orquesta Akokán made their US debut in July 2018 (including a date at Lincoln Center) and is currently touring internationally.
José “Pepito” Gómez, lead vocals
Michael Eckroth, piano
Jacob Plasse, tres guitar
César Lopez, alto saxophone - flute
Evaristo Denis, baritone saxophone
Jamil Schery, tenor saxophone
Heikel Fabian Trimiño, trombone
Yoandy Argudín, trombone
Harold Madrigal Frías, trumpet
Reinaldo Melián, trumpet
David Faya, bass
Roberto Jr Vizcaino Torre, percussion
Mendoza Valdes, percussion
Friday 02/08 | 21.00
*Visitors are advised to bring insect repellent and a mat, or a blanket for sitting on the ground.