Locarno (BC) www.locarno music.com
Locarno is the Latin project of JUNO Award winning musician and Paperboys frontman, Tom Landa. The music, like him, is part Mexican but with strong doses of Cuban son, folk music, pop and funk. There are threads of son jarocho and salsa but the songs are more edgy and contemporary. A key element to this sound is the partnerships he has created with producer Joby Baker who has worked with several World/Latin artists including Miguelito Valdes who lends his trumpet and percussion talents to the project. Miguelito was born and raised in Havana and has played with Afro Cuban All Stars, Omara Portoundo and The Buena Vista Social Club. Rounding out the group is Sam Esecson on drums and percussion, Kalissa Hernandez on violin and vocals and Nick La Riviere on trombone.