BABESA CUBANA

Greek-Latin fusion band

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Greece has always been captivated by the exoticism of South America. From the 1940s onwards so many Greek songs are coloured and driven by the rhythms and sounds of Brazil, Cuba, Argentina and the other beautiful countries of this continent. Babesa Cubana takes Greek songs and “gives them back" to their Latin roots. Fronted by Latin jazz singer Andria Antoniou (aka Andria), a group of musicians from Greece and South America bring their fresh takes on classic Greek songs coloured with the infectious rhythms of Latin America and the depth and passion of Greek language. 

Line up:

 

Andria Antoniou (Cyprus) - voice

Pavlos Carvalho (Brazil/Greece) - bouzouki/cello

Ayoze de Alejandro (Gran Canaria) - percussion

Sara McGuinnness (UK) - piano

Adolfredo Pulido (Venezuela) - double bass

LATEST NEWS

  • Babesa Cubana did the opening show for Portuguese fado singer, Sara Correia, at the Union Chapel as part of La Linea Festival

  • Upcoming performances: 18/6/22 Salisbury festival, 17/7/22 Ashdown forest

ENCUENTRO

Latin-jazz & tango project

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Andria Antoniou & Roman Gomez is a London based duet, breaking new ground with their unique blend of Argentinian tango and Latin American folklore entangled with jazz.

At the heart of this collaboration is the vehemence and creativity that springs from improvised jazz. The duet’s music is sensitive, full of passion, and energy while the melodies are lyrical and ethereal accompanied by fiery rhythms. The performers’ style draws upon impressionistic elements, creating evocative imagery through the explorative use of “colour” in harmonic usage, texture and timbre. 

Their debut album “Encuentro” is a collection of 7 songs about displacement and nostalgia, loneliness, the utopian experience of love and the power of women to resist and seek for freedom. The album counts with the lyrical contribution of Mario Bakuna, Claudia Salomone and Julia Gray bringing together a creative team from different parts of the world. The cultural amalgamation experienced throughout the creation of this album sets an example especially at our current times of how different cultures can coexist peacefully while new ideas can be generated through collaboration. The album is an expression of the power of encounter between artists and musical cultures.

Debut album released on October 13th 2019. 

LATEST NEWS

  • New video clip release. Watch here

  • The duet Andria Antoniou & Roman Gomez has recently won the second place at the Lukas 2019 awards - Europe's answer to the Latin Grammys

  • Upcoming performances in Greece: 28/5/22 Fougaro (Nafplio) and 30/5/22 Athena Live (Athens)

 "Their new CD Encuentro leaves the impression of a beautiful musical experience infused with nostalgia and the lingering notes of a hauntingly smooth song." - Sarah Fenwick, cyprusnewsreport.com

WATCH ENCUENTRO COMPLETE YOUTUBE PLAYLIST  HERE

WANDERLUST

World jazz music project

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‘Wanderlust’ means having an intense desire to travel, longing to be an explorer – restless, curious and open-minded. With that exact energy and intention, Andria created this new performance project called ‘Wanderlust’.
This project creates soundscapes drawn by different music cultures. Jazz and improvisation bring the various styles together, creating a rich tapestry of sounds, and acting as a common tongue between musicians.


This is a long-term creative project with a diverse team of musicians, from different parts of the world. Depending on the team each time, where they come from and what their influences are, the soundscape changes.

‘Wanderlust’ is a show that combines music with elements from other creative disciplines such as dance and storytelling. It is creative project that investigates the ingredients that make each culture unique and at the same time embraces what unites us all. 

The first stop of the project is Andria’s homeland, Cyprus, where she collaborates with an established team of folk and jazz musicians. Colours and melodies of the Middle East and the Mediterranean along with the vibrant rhythms of Africa and Latin America blend organically with the modern harmony and structure. Along with their own creative arrangements of songs from around the world, the band will also perform a selection of original songs by Andria and music composed by the Argentinian composer Roman Gomez from their latest collaboration album ‘Encuentro’.

OTHER COLLABORATIONS

CLASSICO LATINO

Latin music group, a mix of classical style with Latin American rhythms and melodies. Andria appeared as a guest at their latest album "Havana Classic", recorded in Cuba, summer 2018. Listen to album here

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REBETIKO MUSIC BANDS

Collaborating with a number of Rebetiko bands in London performing Rebetiko music or the Greek blues as it is known internationally. Andria is also part of the charity organisation 'Rebetiko Carnival' offering outreach work around the UK