Streaming Concert_#485: Kalí Rodríguez-Peña: Mélange Project

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Kalí Rodríguez-Peña: Mélange Project

"Kali's bristling tone has commanded attention in New York" - Wall Street Journal

Recorded on 5/13/22

Kalí Rodríguez-Peña, trumpet
Ahmed Alom, piano
Raul Reyes, bass
Joel Mateo, drums

These are young lions of Latin music from Cuba, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Trumpeter and composer Kalí Rodríguez-Peña has become a steadfast part of the New York music scene. From his upbringing in Cuba to his time at the Manhattan School of Music, from his open-minded approach to the concept of genre to his clear vision of musicality as a bandleader, Kalí has a determination, a passion, and an optimism in his music that dance and flow around each other like the audiences to whom he plays once his melodies enter the air. With musical influences that reach far beyond the Americas and a perspective on music that remains grounded in tradition yet distinctly relevant to the present, Kalí is proud to present its latest project: Mélange.

Mélange is taken from the French word for “mixture,” and was chosen by Kalí as an apt way to succinctly understand the music that has brought him to where he now is, as well as how he sees his music as positioned in the present. Drawing from bebop and post-bop; Cuban timba, salsa, and rumba; and world music from India and the Caribbean, Mélange truly does stand by its translated definition and creates an eclectic yet seamless blend of musical traditions and heritages that, when combined, shine with a mosaic ebullience. Kalí’s view has led him, both in performance and composition, to think of his genre-fluid music not simply as the sum of its myriad influences, but as an entirely new category in the listening experience.

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