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Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies brings Grammy-nominated musician to campus

Loyola press release - February 17, 2012

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Loyola University New Orleans presents Grammy-nominated percussionist Bobby Sanabria in the concert lecture, “Clave: A Rhythmic Journey from Africa to the New World,” on Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium in Monroe Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Mixing song, lecture and complex percussion rhythms, Sanabria will unlock the roots of Afro-Cuban music to explore how the clave rhythm, a five-stroke pattern representing the structural core of many Afro-Cuban songs, remains at the basis of many of today’s hip-hop, R&B, funk and rock & roll songs in the U.S. He will also address the history of Afro-Cuban jazz and the impact that all Latin American music forms have had on U.S. culture.

Sanabria, who has been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, is a renowned drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, producer and writer. He has performed with a multitude of jazz and Latin music legends, as well as with his own critically acclaimed ensembles. Sanabria’s diverse recording and performing experience includes work with such legendary figures as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Paquito D'Rivera, Arturo Sandoval and Mario Bauzá, among many others.

Often recognized as one of the most articulate musician-scholars of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music traditions, Sanabria has received multiple awards, including the Outstanding Achievement Award by Ivan Acosta of Latin Jazz USA and Percussionist of the Year by DRUM! Magazine.

He has written articles for Modern Drummer magazine and has been interviewed by the magazine several times. Sanabria is currently an associate professor at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and the Manhattan School of Music.

For more information, contact Leopoldo Tablante, Ph.D., at tablante@loyno.edu.

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