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The Green Note Festival of Latin Music

PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2007 7:14 pm
by Immy
~ 8th to 30th June 2007 ~

‘Camden’s first annual festival to celebrate the passion, beauty and diversity of Latin American music’

Live music venue, Green Note, is proud to announce the launch of its first ever Festival of Latin Music, from 8th -30th June 2007. This unique event, with its vibrant and eclectic line-up, will feature key exponents of Latin American music from around the world, as well as showcasing the cream of London’s Latin musicians.

Over 12 dates throughout June, Green Note will play host to a wide range of styles – from the traditional to the contemporary- with many different Latin American countries and genres represented: from indigenous folk music, utilising traditional instruments, classic styles such as Argentinean tango and Brazilian Samba, to contemporary Latin fusion or infectious Salsa beats and Cuban grooves, guaranteed to get you dancing!

Since opening its doors in August 2005, Camden Town’s Green Note has gained a reputation for being one of the best live venues around for Folk, Roots, Blues, Country and World music. The venue is run by people passionate about music, something that is apparent in the diverse and consistently excellent programme of live acts. Touted by many, as “Camden’s best kept secretâ€

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 7:16 pm
by wallee Mc Donnell
The Latin Music festival continues at the Green Note in Camden.

This terrific cosy cafe/bar veune is hosting a wonderful series of gigs over four weekends in June, launching it's first Latin Music Festival which is bound to grow and be repeated next year.

The Green Note is run by Immy and Risa and a very friendly staff, with a delicious veggie menu on offer. Immy, whose parents originate from Angentina is the brainchild behind this festival.

The opening night kicked off with Martha Acosta opeing act for Tish Hinojasa. Martha is lead singer with the latin, jazz, funk outfit, Manteca, who incidentally close the festival on June 300th. (I intend to be there).

Martha was a fitting opening act, very experienced with a sexy voice, hope I can say that. She's from Colombia but her set consisted of traditional Mexican Rancheras and Corridos. She set a nice mellow tone and everyone got very chilled. (Green Note now have air conditioning which is so nice is such an intimate venue.)

I guess Martha's set was a lead into Tish Hinojosa, who is from Mexicco. To be honest I'd not heard of Tish before or heard any of her music. She is an award-winning singer-songwriter now living in Austin, Texas. One can see why she's won this award. With a very comforable and humorous stage presence and a clear pure voice, I felt hooked into her style, her mood and melodies. She performed two full sets. I've now got two cd's of Tish Hinosa.

Immy asked me if I could host a couple of gigs for this festival which I did. Soneando, whom I didn't know before I booked them but came highly recommended by Sara McGuinness. Sara Mc Guinness is a hidden gem on the London Latin and Congolese/latin music scene. She runs two bands. Soneando and Grupo Lokio (Afro-cuban). She teaches sound engineering at SOAS and a host of other things.
She is a top class latin piano/keyboard player but plays a number of other instuments.
Soneando and Grupo Lokito are loaded with very talented singers, musicians and so much rhythm, the Green Note was swaying to there latin groves on both nights.

If you havn't been to the Green Note yet, Ian Anderson told me he hadn't been yet. I can thoroughly recomend this venue and in particular this festival. With two weekends to go, ie Thur, Fri and Sats, over two weekends do get down there and have a great time.
Well done Immy.