Emilio Aragón directed the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra (playing the classic part) along with three Cuban percussionists and Alain Pérez on the contrabass. The challenge was to integrate Afro-Cuban rhythms in a classic context like the Brandenburg, so Alain Pérez (Paco de Lucía, Calamaro…) substituted Bach’s typically-Baroque basso continuo with the Cuban tumbao, allowing the percussion to play guagancó (a rumba), conga, danzón, contradanza, son, bolero… and coexist freely with 17th century violins, violas, oboes and cellos.
Musical projects that blend different styles tend to respond to different concerns and needs. “Bach to Cuba” has meant to me the opportunity to stake my own ambivalence fueled over the years by the contrast of classical musical training Academic and discipline, and my Caribbean roots deep roots.
Name: Bach tu Cuba
Director: Emilio Aragón
Interpreter: Tenerife Symphony Orchestra
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Arrangements: Alain Pérez and Emilio Aragón
Colaboration: Alain Pérez
Label: Deutsche Grammophon