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Richard Bona – Vocals, Electric Bass

Ariel Bringuez – Tenor & Soprano Sax, Clarinet, Flute

Ganavya Doraiswamy – Vocals

Reinier Elizarde – Acoustic Bass

Ibeyi – Vocals

Antonio Lizana – Vocals

Ibrahim Maalouf – Trumpet

Michael Olivera – Drums, Percussion

Alfredo Rodríguez – Piano, Suzuki Melodion, Synthesizer, Vocals

Alfredo Rodriguez


Each recording by Cuban pianist and composer Alfredo Rodríguez tells a story. in Tocororo—his new album for Mack Avenue Records—Rodríguez’s story is represented by the national bird of Cuba. The Tocororo is a bird that if caged dies of sadness, reflecting not only the desire for liberty but the necessity of it.

For those who know how to listen, time and distance offer a wealth of perspective. “When you live in your own country, you are immersed in that reality and you’re not necessarily conscious of all the different elements that make it what it is,” says Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, who moved to the United States in January 2009. "I breathed Cuban music. Being outside that reality gives me a different perspective. Creating and playing this music has been like finding out who I am, all over again."

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