Friday, May 08 5:00 PM
SuperSones play the sublime music known as Son - the acoustic dance music of the Cuban countryside that inspired modern Salsa. Son is a unique blend of Spanish guitars and harmony, Afro-Cuban percussion and swing, call-and-response singing, and trumpet improvisation. From the 1930's in Havana to the present moment, Cuban septets like SuperSones have inspired people around the world to dance and celebrate.
SuperSones represent this rich musical tradition with a wide range of classic and original songs in the many genres within the Son family: bolero, cha cha cha, guaracha, and son montuno among others. The group plays songs written by some of the greatest composers of Cuban popular music including Compay Segundo, Miguel Matamoros, Isaac Oviedo, and Arsenio Rodriguez. SuperSones recreate these songs with their own arrangements and improvisations to bring the Son alive in the Pacific Northwest. The group also regularly features original compositions firmly rooted in the Son tradition.
Since 2001, SuperSones have performed for a wide range of audiences. The group frequently plays private functions such as parties, weddings, and corporate events. Depending on the unique needs of each occasion, SuperSones can play in a range of instrumentations from a trio up to a septet. In Seattle, public performances have included the following venues: The Triple Door, Northwest Folklife Festival, Tractor Tavern, Nectar, Mojitos, Seattle Folklore Society, Seattle City Hall, and Seattle Art Museum. In addition, the group has taught workshops and performed at several Seattle area schools, Whitman College in Walla Walla, and the Seattle World Rhythm Festival. In May of 2006, the SuperSones toured Belgium and Holland for two weeks.
Ron Barrow - trumpet
Kevin Connor - Cuban tres guitar and vocals
Justin Maggart - lead vocals, clave and guiro
Alfredo Polier - vocals and maracas
Steve Smith - bongo
Kevin Stevens - upright bass
David Trejo - acoustic guitar and vocals