Venezuelan Roots

Venezuelan Roots stems from the meeting of diverse personalities who represent the expression of current trends in Venezuelan music. A carefully dosed balance between tradition and evolution is achieved through this special selection of internationally renowned musicians who reflect the musical diversity of their country.
Eddy Marcano, Leonidas Rondón, Manuel Rangel, Baden Goyo, José “Layo” Puentes and Julio D’Santiago come from different parts of Venezuela: the Andes, Eastern, Central and Capital Regions. Together they produce a sound palette in a variety of styles, which they use to create a retrospective of the vast repertory of Venezuelan music.
This unique encounter spans the arc from the past to the future of the Venezuelan music being played outside the country, since these musicians, who live in different locations across the world, bring with them the experience they have gathered through working with other music and cultures.
The musical concept behind “Venezuelan Roots” places emphasis on innovation. This includes the search for new ways of interpreting traditional codes, which involves improvisation and experimentation with various forms, structures and textures. In this respect, the compositions and arrangements which shape this project provide an ideal terrain for creative dialogue.

Contact Details

Switzerland
Julio D'Santiago
jds@jdsmusic.net

Eddy Marcano

Eddy Marcano

Violin

Venezuela

Is looked up to as a violinist in Venezuela and the Americas, and also as an orchestra leader and tireless teacher. His work in the field of academic and traditional music has earned him a place of honor among the major figures in the Latin- American music scene

Manuel Rangel

manuel Rangel

Maracas

Venezuela

Manuel is one of the most inventive musicians of his native country. His unique style and improvisations with the Venezuelan maracas are daring, full of surprises and originality. In addition, he can transpose these qualities into the language of the guitar, which blends into these compositions and arrangements through a perfect kind of alchemy.

manuelmaracas.com

Leo Rondón

Leo Rondón

Cuatro

• France

Multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger, stands out as a true example of a genius in the field of Venezuelan music given the wide range of his musical abilities. His abundant creativity leads the group into new domains where the music is encouraged to nourish itself.

leorondon.com

Julio D'Santiago

Leo Rondón

Drums

• Switzerland

Creates a rhythmic tapestry with his percussion and drums, adding Venezuelan accents to the interwoven jazz structures and proposing new ways to direct the flow of the music and to enhance the group’s collective imagination.

juliodsantiago.com

Baden Goyo

Leo Rondón

Piano

• USA

Incarnates the innovating energy of the new generation of Venezuelan musicians. Based in New York, where music from the whole world converges, his constantly evolving talent adds special dimensions to this project, full of finesse and evocative sonorities.

José "Layo" Puentes

Leo Rondón

Double Bass

• USA

Provides a solid foundation and orientation for the musical development of this project, thanks to his vast experience and knowledge of traditional music, along with the technical and rhythmic qualities evident in his compositions.

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Description

  • Album recorded in 2017
  • Status: in production
  • Mastering: on going
  • Mixing: on going
  • © copyright 2017 Venezuelan Roots

  • This unique encounter spans the arc from the past to the future of the Venezuelan music being played outside the country, since these musicians, who live in different locations across the world, bring with them the experience they have gathered through working with other music and cultures

  • The musical concept behind “Venezuelan Roots” places emphasis on innovation. This includes the search for new ways of interpreting traditional codes, which involves improvisation and experimentation with various forms, structures and textures. In this respect, the compositions and arrangements which shape this project provide an ideal terrain for creative dialogue.

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