Cuban Feeling & Bolero by Melvis Santa.
Presented by Terraza 7 Outdoor Concert Series.
Saturday, May 22nd, 2021 at 7:00 pm.
Donation suggested: $10.
Cover charge for PATIO: $10
Yusnier Bustamante / Percussion.
Roman Lajara / Guitar.
Melvis Santa / Voice & piano.
Filin’: A word derived from (sentimiento) became a Cuban popular song genre inspired by US sound fashion of the late 1940s to the early 1960s. In Cuba, bolero took a new form of jazz-influenced romantic song with el Filin’, and it also blended with other authentic and modern rhythms from the island and Latinamerica.
Join Melvis Santa’s trio to take a musical journey through boleros, canciones y mucho filin’
2018 Grammy nominee Melvis Santa and her group bring this powerful, ecstatic tradition to new spaces. A 4 piece format, which Melvis leads on piano and vocals while fronting a full percussion section of sacred batá drummers.
Melvis Santa was born in Havana, she has been well known in Cuba since she was fourteen years old and formed the vocal group Sexto Sentido. In 2010 Melvis spread her wings and appeared as one of the lead vocalists of Interactivo, a seminal fusion band in Cuba, recording and touring worldwide. Based in New York since 2014, she continues to make a mark as a performer and educator teaching Afro-Cuban music and dance workshops at NYU, CUNY Graduate Center, Yale University, Tulane University of New Orleans, and others. Melvis has also worked with a who’s who of the jazz and Latin communities, from Ravi Coltrane to the Buena Vista Social Club