LIVE: Omar Sosa and his Suba Trio @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 04/01/2022

Universal expressions of love, peace, joy, and dance were celebrated by the performance by Omar Sosa and his Suba Trio @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media. The Cuban born pianist/composer, along with his bandmates kora player Seckou Keita and percussionist Gustavo Ovalles provided a colorful dynamic set of music that frequently defied categorization but was clearly influenced by the music of the African diaspora, jazz (Corea, Hancock), and early 20th century classical (Bartok, Satie). Their tour was to celebrate the release of the latest CD Suba (Ota’  Records).

Photo by Rudy Lu

Omar Sosa provided much of the melody with his virtuosic command of the grand piano along with tasteful use of the synthesizer.

Seckou Keita is a master of the kora, which also frequently played beautiful melodies and harmonies. He also provided angelic vocals and obvious enthusiasm for the music. His frequent expressions of joy were directed at Sosa,  percussionist Gustavo Ovalles and the audience added almost as much to the performance as the musicianship itself.

Photo by Rudy Lu

Gustavo Ovalles was a perfect accompanist to the rest of the trio. He quietly added subtle accents to many of the ballads played but came alive when the more rhythmic pieces were played and given a chance to come outside of his drum kit and solo with other assorted percussion pieces.

Sosa and Keita also came out from behind their instruments and danced with joy leading the audience in finger snaps, clapping, and dancing.

I am sure no one left this concert without a smile on their face.

Photo Gallery by Rudy Lu

  1. Timothy J Reidy says

    I love the happy faces that were depicted!

  2. Rudy says

    Thanks. It was an infectiously happy concert. Make sure you catch Omar next time he is in town.

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