"Vivencias en Clave Cubana" is the debut solo album of Cuban cuatro master Kiki Valera, a member of the "Familia Valera Miranda," a century-old group and one of the most important purveyors of the Son Cubano. While completely dedicated to the performance of traditional Cuban music, Valera was exposed to Pat Metheny, Wes Montgomery and Chick Corea through cassette tapes while in school and those jazz inspirations elevate the quality of his cuatro solos in subtle and beautiful ways. Joined here by childhood friend, reknowned Cuban vocalist Coco Freeman, Varela and his exciting ensemble pair 12 original songs with beautiful instrumental work in ways that will make you dance, laugh, and possibly shed a tear.
Cuba's traditional music has a history of constant evolution from its very beginnings. With "Vivencias en Clave Cubana," Kiki Valera continues in that spirit.
Performers on this Album
Kiki Valera - Cuatro, Guitar, Claves, Maracas, Coros
Coco Freeman - Lead Vocals
Carlos Cascante - Lead Vocals (2)
Alexis Baró - Trumpet
Jose J. Alayo - Bass
Yanill Nario - Bass (2,7,9) / Coros (2,9)
Pedro Vargas - Congas, Bongos
Joshuah de Jesús - Coros
Steve Guasch - Coros