Pianist & Composer
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Aired: Wednesday 10.14.09 - 10:00-11:00 PM
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Omar Sosa is one of the most versatile jazz artists on the scene today: composer, arranger, producer, pianist, percussionist, and bandleader. He fuses a wide range of world music and electronic elements with his native Afro-Cuban roots to create a fresh and original urban sound - all with a Latin jazz heart.
Sosa's vision of contemporary jazz reaches across every imaginable boundary. -Don Heckman, The Los Angeles Times.
Omar Sosa was nominated in 2003 for a BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music in the Americas category, along with Ibrahim Ferrer, Caetano Veloso, and Os Tribalistas. He began 2004 with the debut of his first work for symphony orchestra, entitled From Our Mother , performed at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland by the Oakland East Bay Symphony under the direction of Michael Morgan.
Sosa's latest CD on Otá Records, Mulatos, features Latin jazz master Paquito D'Rivera on clarinet. The recording is an adventurous, finely wrought, and wholly delightful mélange of Cuban jazz, Latin dance grooves, French chanson, North African trance music, and European folk. Also featured is the delicate voice of the Arabic lute, the oud, and the composer himself on marimba. Mulatos was recently nominated for Latin Jazz Album of the Year by the NYC-based Jazz Journalists Association.