*Tickets starting at $53.00 | On sale July 19
Victoria Jazz Society Member Presale July 17 at 10am to July 18 at 11:59pm
Please note: Online ticket sales end one hour prior to the performance start
time. Tickets may be available from the box office.
Havana’s top musicians join forces with some of the most creative and spirited
talents of New York’s Latin music scene to create ORQUESTA AKOKÁN.
This big band collective reinvigorates the sound of Cuban’s golden era mambo
with a bold new energy reminiscent of Benny Moré, Pérez Prado, and banda
giganteof the 1940’s and 50’s. In spring 2018, their self-titled
first album released with Daptone Records. The album boasts all original songs recorded
at the historic state-run Estudios Areito with Cuba’s finest players, young
and old, led by the inimitable and dynamic singer JOSÉ “PEPITO”
GÓMEZ, produced by Chulo Records’ JACOB PLASSE,
with incendiary arrangements by MICHAEL ECKROTH. The ferocious
and pedigreed wind and rhythm sections consist of musicians from storied groups including
Irakere, NG La Banda, and Los Van Van. Robust, time-tested musical architectures of
son cubano and mambo are honoured and modernized through a synthesis of the rich compositional
styles of Havana, New York, and beyond. Orquesta Akokán made their US debut in
July 2018, which included a date at Lincoln Center, and continues their tour to Victoria,
BC, to showcase the magnitude of their soulful, captivating music and myriad of rhythmic styles.
*Ticket prices are subject to change.