In África Latina, pianist and composer Leo Blanco explores the fertile sounds of his homeland, Venezuela, and other countries with surprising virtuosity. Blanco is backed by a large quantity of academic records and practice experience with traditional music stiles as much as classic. At the age of 17 he moved to Caracas to develop his abilities as musician, arranger and composer. Later, he continued his education un Boston’s Berklee College and the New England Conservatory, where his reputation flourished.
Many of the most acclaimed musicians and friends – among others, the saxophonist Donny McCaslin, the Mexican drummer Antonio Sánchez and the guitarist Lionel Louke, from Benin, join Blanco in the journey through the music of Venezuela, Colombia and Peru.
Leo Blanco said: “I think it is time to open the door and show the rest of the world how Africa is one of the most important influences of traditional music in our times, in all America.”