Kiki Valera

Vivencias en Clave Cubana

Origin 82790


iTunes - $9.99 of the world's greatest exponents of the cuatro...Valera specializes in son, the infectious call-and-answer Cuban song form, but solos like a jazz guy.
The Seattle Times

"Vivencias en Clave Cubana" is the debut solo album of Cuban cuatro master Kiki Valera, a member of the Familia Valera Miranda, a century-old group and one of the most important purveyors of the Son Cubano. While completely dedicated to the performance of traditional Cuban music, Valera was exposed to Pat Metheny, Wes Montgomery and Chick Corea through cassette tapes while in school and those jazz inspirations elevate the quality of his cuatro solos in subtle and beautiful ways. Joined here by childhood friend, reknowned Cuban vocalist Coco Freeman, Valera and his exciting ensemble pair 12 original songs with beautiful instrumental work in ways that will make you dance, laugh, and possibly shed a tear. Cuba's traditional music has a history of constant evolution from its very beginnings. With "Vivencias en Clave Cubana," Kiki Valera continues in that spirit.

Track Listing:

1 Mi Son 6:05
2 El Caballo de Curingo 5:20
3 El Perro de Juan 6:06
4 Ferec'a 5:06
5 Se Quema La Chumbambá 3:47
6 Desenfreno 6:50
7 Déjame al Menos 3:29
8 Homenaje a Panchita 4:02
9 Para Continuar 7:33
10 El Sinsonte 4:31
11 Vivencias 6:55
12 Berenjena y Quimbombó 5:46
13 Mi Son (Radio Edit) 3:54

(1,4,6,7,9,13) Composed by Coco Freeman
(2,3,8,10,11,12) Composed by Coco Freeman and Kiki Valera
(5) Composed by Félix Valera Miranda


Kiki Valera - Cuatro, Guitar, Claves, Maracas, Coros
Coco Freeman - Lead Vocals
Carlos Cascante - Lead Vocals (2)
Alexis Baró - Trumpet
Jose J. Alayo - Bass
Yanill Nario - Bass (2,7,9) / Coros (2,9)
Pedro Vargas - Congas, Bongos
Joshuah de Jesús - Coros
Steve Guasch - Coros

Production Info:

Arranged by Kiki Valera
Produced by Naomi Bierman
Recorded by Kiki Valera at FVM Studio, Seattle, WA
Mixed by Kiki Valera & Michael Lazarus at FVM Studio, Seattle, WA
Mastered by Michael Lazarus, Latin Music Mastering, Santa Cruz, CA
Artwork by Deborah A. Guasch - Impressionart
Photos by Rubén Núñez & Raúl Campoverde
Liner notes by Bill Tilford
Audiovisual by David Hernández of LCA
Cover design & layout by John Bishop

Reviews of Vivencias en Clave Cubana

Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
Valera comes to making a great record organically. He's part of a 100 year old Cuban music dynasty and he was influenced by seminal jazzbo guitar greats. Then he hit's the bulls eye in crafting the kind of set that maintains it's ethnic purity while being the kind of stuff that completely knocks gringos off their pins. Here's the acid test: if you ...

All About Jazz (Paul Rauch)
Son Cubano is a genre of music and dance originating from the hill country of eastern Cuba during the 19th century. Its origins are a blend of African and Spanish influences. Son vocal style and meter are of Spanish tradition, while its identifiable clave rhythm, call and response, and percussive elements are of Bantu origin. Over the past centu ...

Timba (Tom Ehrlich)
Kiki Valera, a member of a well known Cuban son family, Familia Valera Miranda, was born, raised, and attended conservatory in the eastern part of Cuba. He currently resides in Seattle, Washington, USA. He has just released his first recording as a leader, "Vivencias en clave cubana", an outstanding project with wonderful music, exquisite masterin ...

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