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Juan-Carlos Formell TrioFree
Juan-Carlos Formell Trio
Presented by Terraza 7 Outdoor Concert Series.
Friday, October 23rd, 2020 at 7:00 pm.
Donation suggested: $10.
Juan-Carlos Formell / Guitar.
Ben Wills / Bass.
Chuito Quintero / Percussion.
Juan Carlos Formell is a musician that combines the musical traditions of his native Cuba with influences from throughout the Caribbean and Latin America along with the flavor and sophistication of New York, where he has resided for nearly two decades. Internationally recognized as an innovative troubadour, gifted composer, and an inspired multi-instrumentalist, his discography and list of collaborations sets him apart as one of the most accomplished cosmopolitan artists on the scene today.
Juan Carlos first studied bass with Andres Escalona, the principal bassist for the Havana Symphony, and played guitar and began composing in his teens. He became the bass player for jazz pianist Emiliano Salvador and later left Cuba to tour Mexico as a replacement for Cachaito Lopez. After moving to New York in 1993 Formell began to establish himself as a professional bassist, guitarist and singer/songwriter. This eventually led him to work with many renowned artists such as Paul Simon, Cesaria Evora, Eliades Ochoa, Susana Baca, and Milton Nacimiento.
The latest version of Son Radical includes the fabulous percussionist Chuito Quintero and newcomer bassist Ben Willis. Formell’s switch to twelve-string guitar has added yet another dimension to the group’s sound as the instrument’s doubled strings emulate the traditional Cuban tres used in Cuban son while providing the harmonic possibilities of a guitar fingerboard. Willis’ accompanying vocals and powerful bass complement Formell’s expressive vocals and virtuosity and the many colors of Quintero’s percussive palette combine to create a formidable ensemble that often leaves audiences baffled as to how three musicians can generate so much music.